California’s Hellogoodbye started as a recording project between Forrest Kline and Jesse Kurvink when the two were in high school together in 2001. During this time the band recorded “Bonnie Taylor Shakedown 2K1″, which would appear on their debut EP Hellogoodbye, and played local shows in southern California. In 2003 after some line-up changes, they signed to Drive-Thru Records. Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, their first full length, was released in 2006. That year the band also played the Vans Warped Tour, Bamboozle and headlined several tours through Europe and Australia. They also played the Reading and Leeds Festivals and the side stage at Give It a Name. The song “Here (In Your Arms)”, from Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 after a resurgence in 2007 and has since gone platinum. At this time Hellogoodbye was also featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
In 2010 they released Would It Kill You? after splitting with Drive-Thru and continuing on their own label, Wasted Summer. In 2012 after more touring and line-up changes, Hellowgoodbye signed to Old Friends Records to re-released the album. The band recorded a live album at a house party entitled “Did It Kill You?” in early 2013 and later that year announced their third album Everything Is Debatable, which came out in October. Currently, Hellogoodbye consists of Forrest Kline (vocals, guitar, ukulele, primary songwriter), Augustine Rampolla (keyboard, guitar, bass, ukulele, percussion), Andrew Richards (guitar, ukulele, mandolin) and Michael Garzon (drums, guitar, vocals, mandolin, ukulele, keyboard).
Friday, August 15, 2014 Hellogoodbye at The Westway
When: 7:00 PM
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On April 24th, join Vacationer and Hellogoodbye at the Underground Arts! The two are embarking on a co-headlining tour this spring which will begin on April 15th in Chicago and wrap up at the end of May.
Hellogoodbye released their first full-length album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! way back in 2006. Since then, the California rockers have made changes to both their label and their lineup. Their newest album, Everything is Debatable, is out now via Old Friends Records. The album is Hellogoodbye’s first studio release since 2010’s Would It Kill You?, which marked the band’s first steps away from the synth-pop sounds of their debut album. The third, and most recent album, seems to be a marriage of the two sounds. So why the long delay between the album releases? Frontman Forrest Kline explains, “I’m super slow at everything no matter what I do…Everything becomes a process and musically it’s the same thing. If I do one thing, I have to do 900 tasks to get it done, so to be able to take the time with this album was a relief because I didn’t have to stress about not having enough time to accomplish everything I wanted to do with these songs.”
Philly music fans should already be familiar with co-headliners Vacationer – as the band is based out of Philadelphia. Lead singer Kenny Vasoli was also the lead singer for The Starting Line. The inspiration to form Vacationer came after watching LCD Soundsystem and other acts performing at 2010’s Bonnaroo music festival. The band released their first LP in 2012. “Trip” was the lead single from their debut album, Gone. They are currently hard at work on their second studio album which is slated for a 2014 release.
The two bands will be joined by special guests The Heavenly Beat. You can stream some of their music on the band’s Tumblr. Tickets for the show are going fast! So be sure to get yours soon!
Hellogoodbye & Vacationer @ Underground Arts
Thursday, April 24
Show @ 8:00 PM
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Sweeping generalization: the rise of MDMA and ecstasy use among younger kids is making for worse and worse music. There are any number of albums from this year to pick from to prove this point, and one is Hellogoodbye’s newest release Everything is Debatable, which takes the best of their poppy Hot Topic-infused dance beats and sullies it with a misguided ’80s keyboard throwback and the complete wrong kind of atmospheric sounds. Completely abandoning their indie pop style for one far too influenced by electronic dance music but without the heaviness of the beats that fans of EDM would be looking for, Everything is Debatable doesn’t seem likely to attract many fans at all. More likely, it will drive away plenty of their older fans. Read more…
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Topshelf Records is throwing an all-ages unofficial SXSW showcase – that means no badges/wristbands required! Besides a two-stage lineup with Hellogoodbye, Slingshot Dakota, Mansions, The Saddest Landscape, You Blew It!, and more, they’ll have free screen printed posters courtesy of Liberated Images screen printing, free 7-inches with tracks from You Blew It! & The Saddest Landscape courtesy of Gotta Groove Records, and free Grillo’s pickles while they last! Read on after the jump for full lineup and the link to the Facebook event!
5 PM-2 AM Thursday, March 13th at Gypsy Lounge, 1504 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 Read more…
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PureVolume is back again, teaming up with IHeartRadio for a a full week of bands and parties! Once again this is one of few parties that will regularly continue past 2 AM, and the lineup so far includes Wallpaper, Princeton, Penguin Prison, LIGHTS, Hellogoodbye, Motion City Soundtrack, Shiny Toy Guns, and others, with even more bands still TBA. There’s a lot to take in with this one, so be sure to check out the full lineup (so far), party details and the RSVP link after the jump!
March 11-17 at 2nd & Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701 Read more…
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Power poppers Hellogoodbye had one of the best album names in recent memory with 2006’s Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! And since it’s impossible to top that name, the band decided to go simple, picking the title Would It Kill You?, and announcing the LP’s November 9th release date today. Read more…
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fun. is set to release their debut album, Aim and Ignite, on August 25. Their album’s release comes at the end of their North American tour with Hellogoodbye, which starts on August 14 in El Paso, TX and ends on August 27 in Orangevale, CA. After a two week hiatus, fun. are back to headline another U.S. tour on September 8 in Salt Lake City, UT that runs through Minneapolis, MN on September 25.
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Dance Dance Revolution
Every once and a while, its okay to revert back into a silly thirteen year old, dancing around spastically and singing into a hairbrush. Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! by synth rock band Hellogoodbye often has this effect, so hipsters may want to take caution when listening.
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