Hemlock Ernst, The Little Indie-Rap Side Project That Could

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Hemlock-ErnstSamuel T. Herring looks like the dad in a ’50s sitcom. He sings in a stately baritone-blues quaver that sometimes unpredictably lurches into death-metal growl territory. He dances like an unusually balletic hardcore frontman who has been cast as the lead for a Tennessee Williams play. There is absolutely nothing about Samuel T. Herring, save … More »

Stream Future Islands Singer Samuel T. Herring’s Debut Rap Album Back At The House

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Hemlock-Ernst-and-Kenny-Segal-Back-At-The-HouseWhen an indie rock star decides to make a rap record on the side, you should probably be suspicious. (Shout out to Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be.) But Samuel T. Herring, the endlessly charismatic singer for the heroic Baltimore synthpop dramatists Future Islands, has been rapping since long before … More »

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – “Addicted Youth”

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Hemlock-ErnstFor years now, Samuel T. Herring, frontman for the great synthy-indie Baltimore band Future Islands, has been making rap music. Herring raps under the name Hemlock Ernst, and it’s not the embarrassing, halfassed side project that you might expect from the not-so-proud history of indie rockers attempting to rap. Instead, Herring has a dusty, insular, … More »

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – “Down”

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Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring has a rap alias known as Hemlock Ernst. He’s been featured on a few songs throughout the years, and next month he’s releasing a full-length project with Kenny Segal, the producer behind Hiding Places, a collaboration with Billy Woods that ranks among our best albumsMore »