In one short hour, while sitting on the cramped floor of the band’s tour van, I had a taco thrown at me, was accused of trying to break up the band and of stalking lead singer Forrest Kline over the Internet. I also spent time listening to tangents on the hatred of various bands and B-list actors, who shall remain nameless, and was told that if we were stranded in the van by a menacing dog barking outside, I would be the first one eaten.
Needless to say, it was quite a ride.
Talking to Hellogoodbye is a lot like talking to one really weird, really flamboyant person. Each member is a different facet of the same persona, working together to create a picture that actually makes sense.
Hellogoodbye began when Kline, who was working at Drive-Thru Records at the age of 16, decided to start a band with his friends. They wanted something lighthearted, fun and unlike the many bands looking for fame and fortune. With no lofty goals or big name labels in their plans, the group created a brand of fuzzy synth-pop love songs, rife with old Nintendo sounds and danceable beats.
Eventually, after some local gigs and a lot of buzz, Drive-Thru heard the band’s demos and offered them a contract. Now, with a newly-released DVD and a full-length album this year, Hellogoodbye – rounded out by Kline on guitar and vocals, Jesse Kurvink on keyboards, Marcus Cole on bass and Chris Profeta on drums – is well on its way to a bright future.
When asked if the band ever planned on evolving its upbeat, synth-pop songs into something more serious, Kline responds, "All I know how to write is love songs. So [in the future] they’ll probably be all that. Maybe slightly more serious love songs."
Kurvink agrees, and notes about the band’s current EP, "We wrote it when we were, like, 16-years-old, so we’ve all evolved a little bit."
In talking about the new music to come Kline says, "Honestly, all [the] songs that were on the EP [were], written at the same time, basically. Every song that has been written since those songs has just kind of gone in a completely different direction. Not really darker – they’re all just different branches."
While evolving and becoming more serious about its music, Hellogoodbye has managed to keep everything in perspective. The band, evidently fully appreciating – but not counting on – this whole rock star gig, is optimistic about the future.
Kline says, "I would like to do this as long as I could and then get into [music] production, something like that. [Right now] I’m doing a lot of things, like …"
"Weed and cocaine," Cole interjects.
"Misusing pharmaceuticals," Kurvink adds.
Kline, obviously used to these kinds of interruptions and not missing a beat, continues with, "I’d like to go on to do production. Anything musically creative."
When asked what the advantage of not taking themselves too seriously was, Kurvink responds, "Well, I guess we might come off really retarded in interviews, but I know when I read an interview and people are talking about their band, it’s like [in a mocking voice], ‘Well, in the music video, it’s me as a child, looking back at myself.’ I would much rather read an interview where a band seemed retarded, like maybe we seem, than if maybe a band talks super, super seriously about their music and their band. It’s, like, the worst thing in the world."
If taking yourself too seriously is the worst thing in the world, Hellogoodbye certainly has nothing to worry about.
Hellogoodbye’s DVD, OMG HGB DVD ROTFL is currently available. The band will perform at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on Mar. 1 and at the House of Blues Anaheim on Mar. 4. For more information, visit www.hellogoodbye.net.