Life on road more work than fun for Hellogoodbye
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Touring the world and playing music to thousands of screaming fans may sound like a rush. For Hellogoodbye front man Forrest Kline, it’s just a job.
“It feels like not sleeping,” says Kline, 23 of the touring process. He discourages the belief in the fringe benefits of touring, insisting none of the synth-pop band’s four members fulfill the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll stereotype of bands on the road.
The California-based band has enjoyed sizable success since originating as Kline’s PC project. Their introductory full-length album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s independent album chart. They owe much of their exposure to online promotion and winning MTV2’s battle-of-the-bands contest, Dew Circuit Breakout in December 2005.
But Kline doesn’t consider Hellogoodbye to be a MySpace or MTV band.
“We were around before MySpace,” he says, “I guess we weren’t popular though.” He admits both mediums helped to advance the band but that a number of factors, including touring, contribute to their growth.
“They all work together like the food pyramid,” suggests bassist Marcus Cole, 20, as he microwaves Pogos on the band’s tour bus. “You can’t just eat grains, you can’t just eat vegetables. You have to have a specific serving of each every day for it all to work out.” Adds Kline, “We just try to have a healthy, well-rounded band.”
Hellogoodbye’s songs aren’t quite as proportional. “Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever written a song in my whole life that wasn’t about a girl,” says Kline, who pens all of the band’s lyrics. He acknowledges other subjects exist, but says he will likely never stray from songs on the fairer sex. “It’s just the thing you get emotional about.”
The band’s fixation on women is evident in their performances. While performing, they share the stage with a flock of girls who dance and sing along against a set resembling a living room, adorned with lamps, a window, posters and a couch.
And although Kline enjoys seeing the country, he says the inability to explore various cities makes it hard for him to appreciate. “We’d definitely rather be hanging out at home, taking it easy.”