"We hope it's not a swansong," says band founder and pianist Dan Messé. "We certainly have more things we want to say. And we have more songs in the pipeline."
Formed in 1999, Hem self-released their debut Rabbit Songs in 2002 to critical acclaim. With vocalist Sally Ellyson and guitarists Gary Maurer and Steve Curtis completing the line-up they released a further four full-length albums, including the music for the 2009 Public Theatre production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for which they received a nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play at the 2009/2010 Drama Desk Awards.
"The original idea for the album was that we wanted to wrap everything up in a nice bow but it turned into a much uglier goodbye," says Dan, who ended up hooked on prescription pills. "It strained every relationship that I had and the album almost didn't get finished."
"After we came back together, the feeling was a lot more loving," Dan reveals. "We were all really appreciative of what each person brought to the project."