Hearts Like Lions is one of those bands that seems to transcend genres. Following in the footsteps of bands like My Epic and early As Cities Burn, it feels like Hearts Like Lions is loved by all. Hailing from Long Beach, CA, the band completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising enough money for their forthcoming EP, coming out later this year. HM is honored to premiere the first single, “These Hands,” from that EP.

I saw Hearts Like Lions win over some new fans in the Fort Worth/Dallas area at a DIY punk venue called 1919 Hemphill a few weeks ago. They ended their set with this song, and it was one of the best live shows I have seen. Frontman Stephen Ramos had this to say about the song:

The song is about all of the mistakes I have pretty much made in the past, referring to the chorus, ‘These hands were made for goodness, but I’ve done so much destruction.’ It is one of our favorite songs to play live, and because of the background of the song, it is a very intimate one for us to play. My personal favorite line in this song is, ‘So slow down, slow down, let’s run this race together,’ showing that we can’t do it alone and that we need others to be a part of this journey with us in Christ.



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