Hellogoodbye

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Hellogoodbye

Taken (Reunion), Takota (Reunion), Limbeck (acoustic), Roy English

Sat, February 23, 2013

7:00 pm

The Glass House

Pomona, CA

$15.00

This event is all ages

Hellogoodbye
Hellogoodbye
A lot has happened to Hellogoodbye since the Huntington Beach, California-based act released their breakthrough album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! back in 2006. Over the past four years the band have parted with their old record label, retooled their lineup, released a handful of EPs and performed everywhere from the Philippines to living rooms. All of these cumulative experiences play in...to the band’s new album Would It Kill You? a collection of perfect pop gems that not only proves that Hellogoodbye are still relevant but affirms that if anything, they’ve sharpened their musical edge over the past few years—and looking back, the band’s frontman Forrest Kline sees the past few years as an amazing opportunity to hone his craft without pressure.

“I’m super slow at everything no matter what I do,” Kline explains when asked what the process of writing and recording Would It Kill You? was like. “If I’m going to clean out my closet it’ll take me all day because I’ll empty out the whole thing, then I’ll paint it, then I’ll tear off the drawers and get new hardware. Everything becomes a process and musically it’s the same thing,” he continues with a laugh. “If I do one thing, I have to do 900 tasks to get it done, so to be able to take the time with this album was a relief because I didn’t have to stress about not having enough time to accomplish everything I wanted to do with these songs.”

Released on the band’s own label Wasted Summer and recorded with longtime producer Matt Mahaffey (Beck, Tenacious D) at his studio as well as Kline’s renovated garage, Kline approached Would It Kill You? in very much the same way he did the band’s debut: by concentrating on the songwriting instead of fancy production tricks. “We did our first record in my living room with a laptop and for this new record I tore down my garage to build a studio so I could record there,” Kline explains. “It was a great situation because I could stay up all night and mess around with stuff and not have any pressure to watch the clock or please anyone except myself.”

While Kline remains to be the main songwriter in Hellogoodbye, the new lineup on Would It Kill You? also reinvigorated him and helped the group fully realize this batch of songs. Featuring bassist Travis Head, keyboard/guitarist Joseph Marro (formerly of the Early November), multi-instrumentalist Andrew Richards and drummer Michael Nielsen, the band’s current lineup was handpicked by Kline over the past few years and he couldn’t be more pleased with the results. “It’s been great because the first lineup happened in high school and for whatever reason a lot of them weren’t interested in touring full-time,” Kline explains. “This has been an awesome opportunity to play with a bunch of people I’ve always wanted to share the stage with and everyone is on the same page.”

From the upbeat opener “Finding Something To Do” to horn-driven, Shins-esque indie rock romps like “Betrayed By Bones” and epic, intricately arranged masterpieces such as “The Thoughts That Give Me The Creeps,” Would It Kill You? sees the band exploring new instrumental timbres that bring out the inherent sonic subtleties in these tracks. “On the last record there were some songs that had sequenced horns, but on this record everything is real,” Kline explains. “Instead of trying to recreate a sound we would just have someone come in and play that instrument and I think you can really tell the difference when you’re listening to this album.”

Musically the disc retains Kline’s love of doo-wop and Oldies, but puts them into a fresh, new context to keep these influences from sounding clichéd. “When I was in third grade all I listened to was oldies radio so that’s been a huge influence on me for my entire life,” Kline explains when asked how he manages to keep the music on Would It Kill You? sounding so fresh. “That said, I’ve never liked it when something sounds like a throwback or sounds old for the sake of being old because that’s already been done before,” Kline explains. “I like it better if someone takes what they like about something and does it in a more natural way.”

When it comes to the lyrics, Would It Kill You? is deceptively complex and is more of a mental journey than a traditional narrative. “I went through a lot in the course of making this record because it took a very long time,” Kline explains. “Just before I started it I got engaged and by the end I was married, so there are a lot of songs dealing with the process of being unsure about a relationship to knowing you made the right decision,” he continues. “Even in a really good relationship there are still times when you’re fighting so there are a few songs that touch on that, but most of it is celebrating it,” he adds, noting that true to his personality there is also a healthy dose of paranoia present in many of these songs.

Ultimately after three years of hard work, sweat and anticipation, Kline and his bandmates are simply happy to finally have the album finished and can’t wait for their fans to hear it. “There was a point when I was nervous that this album might never come out and I thought that maybe I should give up, but once I had written these songs I knew I had to release them somehow,” he explains when asked what kept him motivated to make these ideas a reality. “I just knew I had to finish it once I started it because everyone in this band is just as excited as I am about these songs,” he summarizes. “That energy is contagious.” ..
Taken (Reunion)
Taken (Reunion)
Taken formed in the summer of 1997 by five friends. Chad and original guitarist Dan Baird knew each other since high school and had played in a few punk bands together before starting to write heavier music. After being tired of playing punk they began looking for three other members to form a hardcore band. Ray Harkins and original drummer Troy Born were also looking to form a band and the two were contacted from a flyer they posted at a local record store. When the band's first bassist didn't work out, Nick Beard joined the band as the bass player.
After many months of practice and shows with the new lineup, the band entered Doubletime Studios in San Diego, CA (Unbroken, Kill Holiday, blink-182) to record a demo tape with Jeff Forrest. The demo was released in October 1998 on Rays label, Here We Are Records, and they were sold out not long after that. The band realized they were not happy with the music from the demo and wanted to write new songs with a more melodic approach. The Haven/Crayons seven inch was recorded at Doubletime once again in early summer 1999 and released on Here We Are Records in July of that same year.
The record was sent to many different labels around the US and Canada, hoping that someone would be interested in putting out the next release. Chris Logan of Canada based Goodfellow Records contacted the band and offered to release an EP and full length CD on his label. Being more than excited about this, the band agreed and recorded a seven song CD titled Finding Solace in Dissension not long after that. The album was released in June 2000 just before the band embarked on their first US tour. Most of the dates fell through, but the band still played 4 solid shows in Virginia, Boston, Ontario and Montreal, Canada. Selling more than 4,000 copies to date, Finding Solace in Dissension has been distributed by many distribution companies around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The response has been amazing to say the least.
Taken returned to Doubletime Studios in June 2001 to begin the recording of their full length CD titled And They Slept which was released by Goodfellow Records in August. Shortly after finishing the recording, the band joined This Day Forward (Eulogy Recordings) in July to tour the U.S. and parts of Canada with Season of Fire (Goodfellow Records) in August. German label Incendiary Records released the vinyl version of And They Slept in June 2002.
Like most bands, Taken has gone through some member changes since the beginning. In October 2001, Troy decided to leave the band for personal reasons. After trying out several drummers in the coming months, the band decided that Juan Pereda was the best man for the job and began rehearsing with him. Dan also decided to leave the band in May 2002 after being accepted to a well known University for grad school. Band friend Erik Bensberg joined the band in July as the second guitarist.
The band toured the U.S. and Canada twice in the summer of 2002 with This Day Forward, The Rise, and Curl Up and Die.
In 2004 the band decided to call it quits. Rumors are that the band got in a fight during a band practice, however in interviews Ray Harkins says that both guitarists quit because of the touring lifestyle and the drummer left to play in Name Taken.
Taken will play a special reunion show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA on March 8, 2008. Taken will also travel to Japan between March 13–18. The times and venues of the shows will be determined at a later time.
At their reunion show they announced that they are going to continue making music together and play small shows periodically, however they do not wish to be a band that goes on tour for extended periods of time, They're doing it for the music and for the fans.
Takota (Reunion)
Takota (Reunion)
Once upon a time, rocknroll was limitless, passionate, and beautiful. It wasn’t distracted with the battles of style vs. substance or form vs. function. It was honest, and borne of dreams, passion, and hard work. Do you remember rocknroll? Can you recall the days of back-patches and band logos? Fists raised in unison, pounding beats into the air? Afternoons in parking lots and record stores, with radio stations spinning endless memories? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?


Formed in Anaheim, California, in 2005, Takota was built with the simple notion that memorable melodies, and explosive performances make for the best bands. Grant Arnow, a classically trained singer, was introduced to drummer Justin Ferreira at Chain Reaction, Orange County’s legendary music venue. The two quickly found that they shared a common taste in music, and both having been recently liberated from signed bands, they immediately enacted a plan to build something massive. Through Myspace, Grant and Justin discovered guitarist Andy Lara, bassist Danny Roddy and guitarist/vocalist Brett Anderson, all of whom shared the same perspective, passion and drive. The group of individuals instantaneously gelled into a band, and before long, they began captivating a massive local following with legendary performances. This spirit expanded quickly into other communities, eventually crossing oceans and energizing other parts of the world.


In Spring of 2006, Takota recorded and released their debut album, ‘The Ivory Tower’. Produced by Brandon Saller (of Atreyu); an album of powerhouse hooks, energy and staggering ambition. A few of the tracks managed to catch the attention of Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden), who featured Takota on his BBC radio program. Not bad for an unsigned band, right? Equally humbling was the response the album received from the world’s press, as illustrated by reviews in such major music magazines as Kerrang, Rock Sound, Classic Rock, AP and Metal Hammer. All of the above encourage this particular band towards greatness. In their short year together, Takota has toured with Fall Out Boy, Head Automatica, Further Seems Forever, Young Love and Bleed the Dream, and are preparing to embark on their second European with Bullets and Octane and Zebrahead. The UK’s Scuzz TV placed Takota’s first music video (for ‘Carpark Conversation’) in main rotation, while Sean Stiegemeier (Atreyu, Haste The Day) recently directed another for ‘Satellite’. They’ve done all of this with the help of their ever expanding fanbase, a few key friendships, and a lot of hard work. Takota isn’t interested in reinventing the wheel, yet they’re obviously keen on improving it. And why not bring the once massive sounds of rocknroll out of hibernation, and back onto the stage, one unstoppable melody at a time?
Limbeck (acoustic)
Originating in Laguna Niguel, California, Limbeck featured Robb MacLean on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Carrie guitar and backing vocals, Justin Entsminger on bass, and Jon Phillip, who replaced Matthew Stephens on drums in 2005. The band's name comes from the (misspelled) name of a character on the television show Charles in Charge, Buddy Lembeck. The group claimed to be influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Wilco, The Beach Boys, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Beck, ELO, Big Star, Queen, The Replacements, The Beatles, Old 97's and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
While classified as indie rock due to their relatively small niche in Southern California, the band's musical style has also been described as alternative country music. Their style has been likened to that of Old 97's, Ryan Adams, and Teenage Fanclub.[4] Their original sound was very power pop and emo inspired, as heard in their early releases, including This Chapter Is Called Titles. Slowly, the band became more and more alt. country influenced and changed their sound almost entirely with their release of Hi, Everything's Great. By the end of their time as a band, Limbeck had all but abandoned their early songs, rarely playing this material live, if ever.
The band titled the 2005 album Let Me Come Home in part as a reaction to critics frequently saying that the previous album, Hi, Everything's Great, was a "road-trip album".
The band has discussed the influence of their lengthy tours upon their music. Limbeck has toured the US several times, including as opening act for The All-American Rejects in 2003.[6] Geography plays a role in the band's recordings: several songs name interstate highways known to Orange County and San Diego County residents, such as I-8, CA-22, and I-15.
In 2000, the band was featured in an iMac commercial. The commercial featured the iMac video editing software in which the band created a music video under the name Garage Monkeys.
As of December 2010, Limbeck has unofficially disbanded according to a string of comments posted on their Twitter page. Each of the members has since moved on to other projects: Carrie & MacLean are still in Southern California, where they've started a new group called The Young Dudes; Entsminger is playing bass for Source Victora in Phoenix, Arizona; and Jon Phillip has relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he's started a record label called Goodland Records. As of 2011 Jon Phillip is the new drummer of the Milwaukee band Trapper Schoepp and The Shades.
In December 2012, Limbeck reunited for the "Holidaze with Limbeck" tour. The tour included three shows in California and a show in Phoenix, Arizona. Reubens Accomplice and Trapper Schoepp and The Shades opened the shows. No further shows have been announced.
Roy English
Roy English

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Venue Information:
The Glass House
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
http://www.theglasshouse.us/