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Hellogoodbye Surprised By Success

Of the Oakland Press

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When Jesse Kurvink and Forrest Kline formed Hellogoodbye five years ago in Huntington Beach, Calif., “we never expected to be, like a real band at all,” according to Kurvink.

“We were content with going to college and working jobs and playing a few times a month,” the 21-year-old keyboardist says. “And then things just kind of started happening.”

That includes a debut album — “Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!” — that’s sold more than 332,000 copies and a hit single in “Here (in Your Arms),” a run on the Vans Warped Tour and appearances on nearly every latenight network TV show.

And while Hellogoodbye, which is currently headlining the Two Months of Spring Break Tour ’99, has staked its reputation with its spirited modern rock songs and energetic stages shows, Kurvink says the quartet’s demeanor offstage is decidedly “mellow.”

“Everyone has girlfriends. No one parties or anything like that,” notes Kurvink, a budding wine enthusiast who’s had zinfandel added to Hellogoodbye’s tour riders. “On any given night you’ll come on the tour bus and we’re watching a movie or a DVD or playing a board game ...

“Or everyone’s just asleep. We go to bed very early. Pretty rock ’n’ roll, huh?”

Hellogoodbye, Boys Like Girls and the Rocket Summer perform 6 p.m. Saturday (May 12th) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $17.50. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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