Monday, February 7, 2011

Show Preview - Hellogoodbye - Mr Smalls - 2/12/11 - Pittsburgh - Concert Preview

You know them as the two-or-three-hit-wonders of the past couple of years, or the sappy power pop band from California, but Hellogoodbye is so much more than that. Along with Gold Motel, You Me and Everyone We Know, Now, Now, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Hellogoodbye will be performing at Mr. Small's this Saturday the 12th.

Would It Kill You by Hellogoodbye

Although they are most known for their songs, "Oh It Is Love," "Here (In Your Arms)," and "All Of Your Love" that could be found on most of the track listings of MTV shows, Hellogoodbye has matured and taken on a new sound this past year with the album "Would It Kill You?" which would have made my top four list of albums from 2010. Imagine The Beatles circa "Hard Days Night" meets Lightspeed Champion and hypnotizing choruses that you will not stop singing anytime soon. The band has traded in their synthesizers and auto-tune for mandolins and acoustic guitars. While the themes have stuck to love, love, and love, there is something different about this album. Since their earlier releases, Hellogoodbye split ways with their original record company, Drive-Thru Records, and started their own label, Wasted Summer Records. This freedom has been great for the band to do what they want to do, and not what is sure to sell. It also could be that the founder and core songwriter of the group, Forrest Kline, has settled down and married, a fact you can deduce from simply listening to the lyrics of the new album.

You Sleep Alone by Hellogoodbye

Hellogoodbye puts on a memorable show, and with these opening bands on the bill, this is a show you do not want to miss.

The Wild Honey Pie by Hellogoodbye

-Laura Lee Burkhardt