Australian singer-songwriter Luke Hemmings welcomes his solo music career with a brand new single, “Starting Line”. In addition to the single, the 5SOS member also announced his debut solo studio album. The song dives deep into the singer’s life and doesn’t necessarily paint a colorful picture.
“Starting Line” is the first single from Luke Hemmings’ debut solo studio album, “When Facing the Things We Turn Away From”. When announcing the album, Luke had a lot to unload. While explaining his inspiration behind his solo musical journey, he also thanked his bandmates at 5 Seconds of Summer for their continued support.
I could not be more proud to present to you “When We Face The Things We Turn From”; a project born out of a year of forced immobility. I’m so grateful for the trip this album took me and I’m so grateful that I had this creative outlet during my time at home. Lyrically and sonorously, this album allowed me to decipher the last 10 years of my life and helped me make sense of who I am today and how I got here.
It will be released everywhere on August 13. Today you can hear a first taste of the album; “Starting line”.
Thank you to my brothers from 5sos for your support and allowing me to continue this project. Endless love for you.
As Luke Hemmings suggests, the album was born out of isolation due to the pandemic. Therefore, we are likely to find a lot of songs that address the desperation and despair on this album.
Listen to “Starting Line” by Luke Hemmings
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Meaning of “Starting Line” lyrics and review of the song
In the song, Luke Hemmings reveals some of the emotions he manages. He talks about a feeling of numbness that has been overwhelming him for a few years now. Is this normal? He doesn’t even know anymore. 5 Seconds of Summer has had a stellar run since its inception in 2011. They have become one of the best-selling groups of this generation and have amassed millions of fans around the world. However, none of these accolades have kept their lead singer from feeling like a depleted pulp after a decade.
I wake up every morning with the years passing
I miss all these memories, maybe they were never mine
I feel the walls are closing
The song’s chorus (above) gets even darker. Luke Hemmings laments the idea that time is quickly fading around him. His journey within the group would have been so exhilarating and sped up all day, every day of the year. The 2020 global pandemic has put an instant pause to this fast-paced lifestyle. Being locked in our own small rooms and away from his team members, Luke would have felt like the walls were closing in on him.
Luke Hemmings mentioned that the entire album was born “of a year of enforced immobility” referring to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. It makes this song so much more accessible to all of us who have had to shut down our normal lives and limit ourselves to a seemingly endless period of isolation.
I’m running out of time
I think I missed the gun at the start line
A gunshot sound is used at sporting events to signal the start of a race. In high-level track events, the reaction time between the sound of the gun and the start of the race makes all the difference in winning or losing. “Missing the gun at the starting line” could be a reference to the feeling that the singer is being left behind by the whole world. He just cannot catch up.
Luke Hemmings tells us that sometimes he struggles to feel anything. He uses two metaphors “standing on the sun,” and “Biting my tongue” just to see if he’s feeling anything. It’s scary to be in his place.
Hopefully this song brings some relief to anyone looking to escape isolation.
Being the lead singer of one of the most popular active boy bands, we expect great things from Luke Hemmings in his solo career. Let us hear your thoughts on the single and the album’s expectations in the comments below.
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