Hellogoodbye is a power pop band that was formed in Huntington Beach, California in 2001 by singer Forrest Kline. They are signed to Drive-Thru Records and released their first full-length album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006, in addition to their previously released EP Hellogoodbye and DVD OMG HGB DVD ROTFL.


Early career (2001–2003)

Hellogoodbye started in 2001 as a recording project by Huntington Beach High School students Forrest Kline and Erik Fingar. The band started as a grindcore band and slowly turned pop. With the interest only to entertain friends and woo crushes, Kline and friend Jesse Kurvink recorded some songs on Forrest's home computer. The first Hellogoodbye song ever written was Kurvink's "Bonnie Taylor Shakedown (2001)" which later appeared on their debut self-titled EP. With Kline's interest in web and graphic design, the unofficial group got a working title and a website and posted songs on MP3.com. As interest in the music grew, Kline and Kurvink recruited friends and chanced upon some opening slots at local shows.

In the first two years the group played local shows in Orange County at venues like Chain Reaction (Anaheim, California), The Hub (Fullerton, California), and Koo's Cafe (Santa Ana, California), made a few trips to play in Arizona, and did one mini-tour through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas with the band Peachcake. During this time they kept busy burning demos, screen printing tee-shirts and promoting via their website before signing to Drive-Thru Records in 2003.

The lineup went through a few changes before signing to Drive-Thru. Parker Case (who was in Orange County's Astoria at the time, but would later form the now defunct JamisonParker and is currently a member of Say Anything) started out playing drums, but was quickly replaced in 2001 by Aaron Flora (of the band Northern). A high-school friend was the original bassist, but he quit and was replaced by Marcus Cole in 2002. After signing to Drive-Thru Records, Flora left to go to college and was replaced by current drummer Chris Profeta (formerly of A Cutthroat Kiss) in 2003. In 2007, Cole left the band and was replaced by long-time buddy Travis Head. In 2008, Kurvink made the decision to return to college.

Early releases (2004–2006)

After signing in 2003, Hellogoodbye released a self-titled EP on August 17 2004, which has sold over 400,000 copies to date. The band began touring vigorously in support of this release in the United States and abroad. During the "Sounds of Change Tour" with An Angle, Socratic, and Steel Train, Hellogoodbye flipped and totalled their van and trailer after Cole dozed off behind the wheel while driving through Pennsylvania on October 22 2004. None of the band's members were injured. An archive of the bands touring history is maintained at and includes tours with The All-American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack, and Panic at the Disco.

While participating in the 2005 South by Southwest (SXSW), a music festival in Austin, Texas, the band appeared on several episodes of MTV's The Real World: Austin. The cast of the TV series produced a video documentary about three bands on the festival's line-up (the other two were Halifax and Enon), including interviews and live footage. The appearance gave a boost to the band's popularity.

On November 22, 2005, Hellogoodbye released a DVD titled OMG HGB DVD ROTFL. It featured two hours of concert and touring footage, as well as music videos to the five songs off their debut EP. Following the release, the group was featured on the third and fourth installments of the Drive-Thru Records DVD series. In December 2005, the band won MTV2's Dew Circuit Breakout, competing as Los Angeles' representative against the New York City and Chicago finalists Pete Miser and Tub Ring. The prize included $10,000, a set of Gibson equipment and an opening slot on an upcoming major U.S. tour.

Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (2006–present)

After two years of touring Hellogoodbye released its first full length record, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, on August 8, 2006, through Drive-Thru Records with a sound design by Jonathan De la peña in a local studio. In 2006, Hellogoodbye appeared on the Vans Warped Tour, did a full headlining tour with Reggie and The Full Effect & Ozma, visited the UK (with The Plain White T's), Japan, and Europe. In 2007, they continued touring, doing a headlining tour with Boys Like Girls, a tour of Australia with Australian band The Lucksmiths, played the main stage of The Bamboozle in New Jersey, headlined the side stage at Give It a Name, played the Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as European festivals Pukklelpop, Rock en Sein, and the MySpace Music Tour (co-headlining with Say Anything).

In the January 2007 issue of Alternative Press, the group confirmed their new album will be released 2008. In January 2007, the single "Here (In Your Arms)" saw a resurgence on Top 40 radio and entered the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #14) and the Pop 100 (peaking at #9). The single is now certified platinum. In the same month, they also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Their song "Oh, It is Love" became the theme song on MTV's Engaged and Underage. On March 13, 2007, they released an iTunes exclusive three-song EP, which features three different remixes of the song "All of Your Love."

In September 2008 it was announced that both keyboardist Jesse Kurvink and bassist Marcus Cole would be leaving the band. Replacing them would be Joe Marro, former guitarist/keyboardist of The Early November and Travis Head. In addition to the lineup changes, the band has announced a fall tour throughout the United States. Accompanying them on the tour are Never Shout Never, Say No More, Ace Enders, and PlayRadioPlay!. .

Hellogoodbye will be playing at Soundwave Festival Australia throughout late FEBRUARY and early MARCH 2009


Former members



Year Title Chart positions
U.S U.S Pop U.S Dance Airplay U.S Digital U.K. IRE SWE NET
2006 "Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!"



  • OMG HGB DVD ROTFL (2005)
  • EP/DVD Split (2008)
  • Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! And More (2008)


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S U.S Pop U.S Dance Airplay U.S Digital U.K. IRE SWE NET
2005 "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn"
Hellogoodbye EP
2006 "Here (In Your Arms)"
Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
2007 "All of Your Love"
"Baby, It's Fact"

Non-album tracks

  • "Winter Wonderland" – released on Happy Holidays from Drive-Thru Records (2004)
  • "Weird Science" – released on Dead Bands Party: A Tribute to Oingo Boingo (2005)
  • "Asking Jessica to Be Official" (ft. Ryan Wilson)
  • "Jesse Buy Corsage"
  • "Oh Angie"
  • "If You Wanna...I Might"
  • "Oh Karissa How I Miss Ya"
  • "Lindsay Pai Aia Mode (I Just Think She's the Best)"
  • "Welcome to the Record"
  • "Trevor Roolz (A Lot)"
  • "Two Gay German Clubbers Who Are in a Club"
  • "Secret Song aka Ethan's Song"
  • "One-Armed Scissor", which is actually a phone message Forrest received and turned into a song
  • "The Thoughts That Give Me The Creeps" (Demo)



  1. HELLOGOODBYE REVAMP LINEUP, PLAN FALL TOUR. Alternative Press. Retrieved on September 9., 2008.
  2. Interview with Forrest Kline. Signed, sincerely me... v1.0 (Internet Archive mirror). Retrieved on December 11., 2005.
  3. 270 Shove It to Van Flip. DrivenFarOff.com. Retrieved on December 11., 2005.
  4. full length out by December. hellogoodbye.net (Internet Archive mirror). Retrieved on July 5., 2006.
  5. Artist Chart History - Hellogoodbye. Billboard. Retrieved on January 9., 2007.

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