If you have read “Diary of Anne Frank” or seen Schindler’s List, you know that the holocaust was a major bummer. But what’s even worse than the holocaust is when a band who used to be fucking awesome goes downhill and turns into mediocre crap that just bums you out because it reminds you of how great they used to be. Case in point: HELLOGOODBYE.
HGB is a perfect example of what can happen with people who are incredibly fucking talented like Forrest Kline. Specifically, the problem with being really, really talented is that you get bored easily, and end up doing weird shit that nobody likes for the sake of being “an artist.” I feel like Hellogoodbye got bored of doing what they are good at, and instead of doing what made them popular in the first place, became a boring indie band who nobody gives a fuck about (see also Saves The Day). Or in the words of my girl Elise from Reign In Blonde:
“Call N Return” is without a doubt my favorite HGB song. Like every other stupid guy who is into hardcore, I had my share of ill-fated long distance relationships, so this song definitely hits very close to home. “If you were here/things would be more magical/if I was there/things would be more radical” = exactly how heartbroken I felt when this song came out.
You might think I’m ripping off Hipster Runoff when I say stuff about 2K-whatever, but I’m actually ripping off this song (real title “Bonnie Taylor Shakedown 2K1″). Also, what the fuck is with the t-rex arms on the chick at :41?!
My second favorite HGB song. The AIM sound at 2:30 = pure genius (since this was back when everybody was all about AIM).
There was this girl who I was crushing on SO, SO HARD for like 3 years before we ever hooked up, and this song was playing in the car the first time I hung out with her. I’m so gay and emo :/
This is where they started to be boring Urban-Outfitters-soundtrackcore. “When We First Met” could be in any indie movie whose poster consists of sans-serif text over a solid-color background. I give them credit for doing Vampire Weekend before Vampire Weekend, but lettuce be cereal: this song is gay and I have had enough of their excessively clever, “quirky” videos. Also note that this has 1/10th the views of “Call N Return.”
What is your favorite Hellogoodbye song?? Is Forrest too talented for his own good????? Will they ever go back to their early days, when they were more into talking to girls on the beach than wearing cardigans and growing out their ironic mustaches and picking out the right fedora hats for their next photoshoot?