Hemming’s Candice Martello talks touring lessons, self-discovery, and the Philly community on 25 O’ Clock

Hemming | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Phillys Candice Martello brought her project Hemming back to the Philly stage this fall for the first time in six months, collaborating on a Roger Harvey Family show in October and playing a knockout set at the House Key Showcase at Underground Arts in November. Following that gig, Martello caught up with Dan Drago of the 25 O’Clock Podcast, and their conversation is on this week’s episode of the show.
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Ellen Siberian Tiger, Hemming and Camp Candle will play the House Key Philly music showcase at Underground Arts

flyer by design by Jodi Bosin for House Cat Presents

Experimental Philly indie rock outfit Ellen Siberian Tiger teams up with emotive rocker Hemming and electropop duo Camp Candle at the end of this month for the House Key Showcase, a night of Philly music at Underground Arts.

The 21+ gig is co-curated by local promoter House Cat Presents and The Key, sponsored by Yards Brewing Company, and takes place on Friday, November 30th. Continue reading →


Listen to Littless, the new project of Hemming’s Candice Martello and Kyle Graham

Hemming | photo by Matthew Shaver |

If you’re familiar with local songwriter Candice Martello’s Hemming project, then you’ll recognize the vocals on Less Precious, the first album from the new project Littless. Here’s the twist, though — the mastermind behind the songs on the new LP is Hemming’s keyboardist, Kyle Graham. Graham wrote the songs over an eight-year period, and enlisted Martello to provide lead vocals. The duo recorded along with a few other members of Hemming’s live band, plus Jake Detwiler and Timeshares’ Jon Hernandez. Continue reading →


Strand of Oaks will be joined by Shannen Moser, Hemming and more at this year’s Boot & Saddle Winter Classic

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Local favorites Strand of Oaks blew us away at Philly Music Fest this weekend, but if you missed the show or just couldn’t get enough, we have some good news. Tim Showalter just announced this year’s Winter Classic, an annual year-end event that’s become a tradition for the band and fans alike. It’s all happening over three nights this December at Boot & Saddle, and Oaks have enlisted a terrific roster of locals to open the stripped-down shows. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: American Trappist evokes sunny so-Cal, collabs with Hemming on new retro ballad “Soot”

American Trappist | photo by Brian L. Tice, Jr. | courtesy of artist

After River City Extension disbanded a couple years back, Joe Michelini started creating tunes under the name of American Trappist. With his self-titled debut last year, Michelini took listeners on a bluesy, folky, gritty sonic journey trekking from suburbia to crossing dusty Western plains and atmospheric desert landscapes.

Now, with a new track in hand, American Trappist seems to be continuing his westward U.S. excursion with a stop in sunny so-Cal. Although the song is titled “Soot,” its sound differs drastically from the smudgy darkness that the name suggests — instead, it jams along to a beat of retro garage rock goodness.

In addition to breezy guitar riffs, this shift in sound is aided by the grandiose, earnest vocals of the 60’s-esque duet between Michelini and Hemming’s Candice Martell. Continue reading →


Meet Dreamswell: The doomy post-rock project of Hemming, Madalean Gauze and friends

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In her band Hemming, singer-guitarist Candice Martello plays yearning, melancholic ballads in a fervent singer-songwriter style; as a solo artist, Madalean Gauze plays energized art rock brimming with riffs and hooks. Together, they turn the volume way up and the tempo way down in the new four-piece band Dreamswell. With a lineup rounded out by Gina Piccari on guitar and Joe Martello on drums, the band lowkey debuted with a few shows last fall at Boot and Saddle and Kung Fu Necktie. This week, their debut EP hit the internet. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: Hemming gets witchy in the haunting “Counting Stones” video

Hemming | photo by Mike Dean | courtesy of the artist
Hemming | photo by Mike Dean | courtesy of the artist

It’s never too early in the season for grey tones and haunting tales. So while we’ve still got a month-ish left of summer and its hopes for warm spirits on sunny days, it’s good to remember all those things — the weather, the emotions — are fleeting. A brief interlude from the colder and more contemplative rest of the calendar, particularly autumn, aka the best time of year.

All that’s to say that the new song and corresponding music video from Philadelphia’s Hemming will totally vibe perfectly in a couple months when everybody’s all binge-watching Stranger Things while downing pumpkin lagers, but it’s possibly more powerful now.

Candice Martello, the project mastermind, collabed on the video with Mike Dean, who also directed Hemming’s video for “I’ll Never Be The Man for You.” Like that clip, “Counting Stones” also involves costumes and location shoots, but ups the ante into more suspenseful cinematic territory. Shot in and around Philly last October, it has a definite Pan’s Labyrinth feel of witchiness and fantasy, while the music is a brooding ballad led by piano, e-bow guitar and powerful instrumental swells. Martello says a lot of the new songs she’s been writing for Hemming’s new EP (due out in September) have this vibe: “darker than some of my previous stuff, if that is possible.” Continue reading →


Cayetana will take Philly friends Hemming out on tour this fall

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |
Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Philly punk faves Cayetana released a kickass record this year called New Kind of Normal, and they’re currently out on the road opening for Waxahatchee in support of it. When that run of dates is done, the band just announced a fall headlining run, bringing Philly’s Hemming along for the ride. Continue reading →