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Interview:
Hellogoodbye happy to be back with new music
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Hellogoodbye leader Forrest Kline didn’t plan to take four years between the group’s two albums — 2006’s “Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!” and the new “Would It Kill You?” Blame it on business matters, including a switch in record companies.

But Kline says the time still went by quickly for him.

“Honestly, time just flies by, and I can never believe a year goes by and I’ll look up at the end of one and go, ‘Wow ... I’m lazy,’ ” says Kline, 27, who started the group during 2001 in Huntington Beach, Calif.

“But at the same time, you do feel it because we were working on stuff and we did a lot of tours and we didn’t have a new record out. We were playing these songs and kids had no way of getting them and no way of hearing them, so that kind of sucked.”

The silver lining for the situation? The delay allowed Kline and company the “luxury” to hunker down on “Would It Kill You?” which came out in November, and really perfect the more sophisticated approach he took on the set.

“There was no real pressure to quickly knock anything out,” he notes. “So I just took my time and made songs when they came to me. We had plenty of time to revise them and re-do them. A couple of the songs we demoed twice.

“And then, recording, we could take our time there, too. We spent a lot of time getting strings and horn players in, working around their schedules. And I could address any little thing I didn’t like and change it. You almost never get to do (an album) like that.”



Hellogoodbye, Jukebox the Ghost, Gold Motel and Now Now Every Children perform Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.



Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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