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Video Premiere: Hellogoodbye – “(Everything Is) Debatable” (live for BalconyTV)

By ; October 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM 

Hellogoodbye

It’s been some time since the Huntington Beach, California-based indie pop outfit Hellogoodbye released their debut album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, back in 2006.  And far from relying solely on the goodwill that their fans seem all too willing to extend based on the bright pop catharsis of that debut, they’ve continued to refine their inimitable fusion of electro-pop and melodic indie rock aesthetics.  Combining a knack for drawing out ear-tugging melodies and vibrant pop harmonies from the most well-worn genres and sounds and by having a clear understanding that pop music yearns to be inclusive, Hellogoodbye peddle their ever shifting pop wares to their legion of fans without sounding staid or creatively inert.  And on their upcoming album, Everything Is Debatable (out October 29th via Old Friends Records), the band pair bright, strummy guitars with quick bursts of punchy percussion and melodies that stretch out for miles.  Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket), with help from Hellogoodbye singer Forrest Kline and Carlos De La Garza (M83, Paramore), it’s the sound of a band comfortable in their own skin and pushing forward through ever widening pop landscapes.

Recently, Kline stopped off at BalconyTV in Brooklyn to perform the band’s recent single, “(Everything Is) Debatable,” with just an acoustic guitar.  Stripped of its technicolor beats and layered instrumentation (not to mention the pop bombast surrounding its ridiculously catchy chorus), the song feels far more intimate and weaves an earnest narrative bereft of artifice or overt sentimentality.  And while the dancier, pop rhythms of the original did feel like a good compliment to the song’s rapid lyrical detours, broken down to its bare skeleton, the song feels far more communal and displays an organic heart-on-sleeve attitude that creates an even more gut punch folk impact.  And if the band wants to bring this minimalist approach to this song — or any others — on their forthcoming tour with Paramore and Metric, I doubt anyone would mind.  Check out the band’s full tour itinerary below the video.

Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the live performance video of “(Everything Is) Debatable” from Hellogooodbye’s upcoming album, Everything Is Debatable.

Hellogoodbye 2013 Tour Dates:
Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Oct 16 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
Oct 18 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
Oct 19 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Oct 22 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Oct 23 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Oct 26 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Oct 27 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct 29 – Kansas City, MO – Independence Events Center
Oct 30 – St. Louis, MO – Fabulous Fox Theater
Nov 01 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater
Nov 04 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
Nov 05 – Orlando, FL – UCF Convocation Center
Nov 08 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Nov 09 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
Nov 11 – Behtlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov 13 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
Nov 15 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
Nov 17 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov 18 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre Theatre
Nov 20 – Toronto, ON – Theatre at Air Canada Centre
Nov 21 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov 23 – St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Nov 24 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
Nov 26 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Nov 27 – Duluth, GA – The Arena at Gwinnett Center


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