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The bands, Bleachers and Modern Baseball, rocked the Kendall Main Stage on Saturday, Oct. 17, for the College’s fall concert. Students enjoyed the energetic performances that both bands put on. In a 2010 article, former Signal Editor-in-Chief, Bobby Olivier, reported on the annual welcome back concert. Hellogoodbye headlined the concert and gave an exciting performance, at one point choosing to entertain the crowd with their funny antics instead of music.
Huddled around their laptop and centered on vocalist Forrest Klein, Hellogoodbye took part in an unusual pre-show ritual, continuing to shout a particular phrase over and over at their webcam.
“Show us your dick!” they yelled jokingly at unsuspecting users of the chatroullette.com Website, as the power-poppers linked up with poor soul after poor soul who was instructed to disrobe for the band. Needless to say, Hellogoodbye’s kooky demeanor was both hilarious and disconcerting as a first impression, but it quickly became clear that it was all in good fun, much like the band’s spunky music.
The band would later discuss this pastime, well as its affinity for “The Jersey Shore,” on the Kendall Hall main stage in between upbeat tunes and ukulele/mandolin-based ballads.
Modeling themselves after Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, the members explained that their names, determined and administered backstage, would be “The Scenario,” “The Context,” “The Reason,” “The Consequence” and “The Christian,” to the laughter of the audience.
In spite of its onstage antics, the band’s hour-long set brought the Kendall crowd through a combination of Hellogoodbye staples such as “Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn,” “Oh, It is Love,” and “Touchdown Turnaround,” as well as a handful of new tracks set to appear on a new album, which is expected to drop sometime in the summer, according to Klein and keybordist Joe Marra.
In addition to new music, Hellogoodbye recently covered and recorded several tracks including songs by The Beatles, as well as “early ’90s emo and mid-’80s punk” tunes, downloadable for free at hellogoodbye.net/covers.
“We are currently in a legal battle with our record company so in the meantime we were recording some covers since we couldn’t put out our own music,” Klein said.
Much like every band that plays Kendall Hall, the band commented on the awkward presence of the auditorium seating and its lack of availability for movement.
“It’s like the Oscars!” Klein remarked during the set.