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A decade of changes, but sound remains

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After nearly 11 years in the music industry, Forrest Kline has seen many changes in his band.

Members have left. The band said goodbye to its label, Drive Thru Records, in February and releases music on its own label, Wasted Summer. It also conducts its own merchandising via website.

Despite all those changes, Kline prides himself on keeping the core power-pop sound of Hellogoodbye together.

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“We always try to keep everything upbeat,” he said during a recent phone interview from Huntington Beach, Calif. “Our sound has evolved somewhat, which is good.”


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Kline started Hellogoodbye in 2001 and the band was thrust into mainstream with its 2006 album “Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!” It released its current album, “Would It Kill You?,” in late 2010 in the United States, while the album came out in June in the United Kingdom.

“We just came off a tour over there and the response was amazing,” he said. “We’ve always been supported really well overseas. But we’re also looking forward to getting back on the road in the U.S.”

Kline said besides members of the band leaving, the way he goes about writing music has evolved.

“We now go into the studio with songs already written,” he explained. “We’ve found that recording and planning this way gives us a well-rounded song.”

Kline said ideas still start with a melody or a lyric and the band works on songs together.

“It’s a group effort now,” he said. “And we keep everything separate. When we are recording, that’s all we do.”

After a decade as a singer, Kline admits to taking it slow while on the road.

“I’ve never been trained as a singer, but I make sure to do warm-up exercises,” he said. “I’m very mindful of treating my voice as an instrument and not forcing it too much.”

After a short two-week tour, which brings the band to the Duke City, Kline said the band will head out on the Vans Warped Tour for a couple weeks.

“We haven’t been on that tour since 2006,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of the new bands. Truthfully, I haven’t heard of a lot of these bands. We’re just going to have to stay out of the heat.”

Cutline – California-based Hellogoodbye recently left its record label and is releasing music on its Wasted Summer label.