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Interview:
Rockers Prefer To Say Hello To The Road
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Hellogoodbye didn’t plan to be a band when its members began playing together during their senior year of high school in Huntington Beach, Calif.

“I had been in bands, and some friends offered me some shows, but I didn’t have a band,” says front man Forrest Kline. “I got some guys together I knew and we got together to play some shows, and it kinda snowballed a bit. We just went with it and at some point thought, ‘Well, maybe we can keep going. ...’ ”

That they have. Kline and company signed with the popular independent label Drive-Thru Records and sold more than 93,000 copies of their self-titled 2004 EP. The group’s fi rst album, “Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!,” debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart and also topped the Independent Album and Internet Album chart.

Mostly, however, Hellogoodbye — named after a trademark quote by “Saved By the Bell” character Screech Powers — established itself as a touring act, hitting the Vans Warped Tour, as well as shows with bands such as Limbeck and Steel Train. That, according to Kline, is what created such a gap between the EP and album.

“We just kept going on tours,” Kline, 22, explains. “We were lucky to keep getting good offers we just couldn’t turn down. It would’ve been nice to release the record a lot closer to the EP, but it worked out good. We just kept touring and kids kept seeing us, so we really built up an audience.”





Hellogoodbye, Reggie & the Full Effect and Cute is What We Aim For perform Thursday (October 26th) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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