House of Blues – Chicago, IL
March 5, 2010
Plagued by an unstable band lineup over the past couple of years, Hellogoodbye needed a stellar performance to prove their credibility; however, they failed to deliver a praise-worthy performance Friday night at the House of Blues in Chicago. When I arrived, Hellogoodbye had already taken the stage. Not to perform their opening set for headliner New Found Glory, though. Instead, Hellogoodbye was up on the stage conducting their sound check that should have already been completed earlier in the afternoon before doors opened for the evening’s actual concert. Fans awkwardly stood around watching as the band panicked over faulty microphones, broken equipment, malfunctioning monitors, and poor sound quality. What a way to start the show. Good first impression for any possible new fans? I think not…
More photos of Hellogoodbye (let’s be real here, Forrest Kline is Hellogoodbye) after the jump.
Set List / Chicago
All Time Lows
Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn (Take It Back To Square One)
When We First Met
Baby, It’s Fact
Bonnie Taylor Shake Down
Oh, It Is Love
Here (In Your Arms)
Once Forrest Kline, the songwriter behind what is Hellogoodbye, kicked off the show with opening song “All Time Lows,” the crowd could not get into the synthpop group’s performance. The lack of energy resonated throughout the venue, and we watched as the band tried to overcompensate with way too much talking in between songs and bad jokes.
I listened as audience members vocalized their dislike for the band. I don’t know if Hellogoodbye was a poor pairing with the other bands in the lineup or if they are losing their credibility, but overall I was really disappointed. I hadn’t been familiar with their music beforehand. Usually at least two songs will stick with me after a show, but as I tried to piece the show together through iTunes, none of the songs were distinguishable to me. They did promote their new songs “When We First Met” and “Finding Something” which are both supposedly on the group’s forthcoming album. Hellogoodbye inevitably ended their short set with their biggest hit to date, “Here (In Your Arms)” off of Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!.
Forrest Kline and Jesse Kurvink formed Hellogoodbye in 2001 while they were in high school. They were signed to Drive-Thru Records in 2003 and immediately released a self-titled EP, Hellogoodbye. They started to see national fame when they were featured on The Real World: Austin. In 2006, they released their first full-length album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! The original band broke up and reformed with lead singer Forrest Kline as the only original member. Hellogoodbye needs a new album to redefine the band instead of relying on old material created by the original band. If they can successfully accomplish this, then maybe next time Chicago will give them more love.
Forrest Kline (vocals, guitar, ukulele, primary songwriter)
Andrew Richards (guitar, ukulele, mandolin)
Written by: Kate Jacobsen
Photos by: Jennifer Boyer