Goodbye Honolulu have today released their awaited album titled, well, ‘Goodbye Honolulu’! That quirkiness and relevant personality that is the GH is alive and well on this eponymous album while that retro to the future sound that keeps them safely outside of the box shines like a diamond and gives the album a beautiful coherent flow about it from a group of bandmates that ‘get it’. As I run out of clever things to say, I will leave you with this; If you can’t find something you love about ‘Goodbye Honolulu’, it’s because your stoopid (yes I know how to spell you’re and stupid, but it made more sense this way).
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Goodbye Honolulu’s band journey is a story about growing up.
The Toronto band members met in high school (well actually Max and Emmett met on Halloween in 2nd Grade when they both turned up at school dressed as James Bond). During their teens they played in each other’s musical projects and even started their own label (that boasted a roster of 14 Toronto bands in its heyday). These formative years saw the Goodbye Honolulu members busy playing in bars, curating their own concerts and festivals, honing their live skills and self-releasing multiple albums a year on Bandcamp.
Their DIY teenage years laid the groundwork, but as they grew as songwriters, their aspirations grew and the four musicians decided to join forces and focus their energy into one project, this is the story of Goodbye Honolulu.
Goodbye Honolulu doesn’t have one frontman, Goodbye Honolulu has four individual songwriters and three frontmen who each bring a different quality and sound to the band. Combining their passion for 60’s garage rock, 80’s new wave, punk & electronic music, the band has created a collection of songs that never stick to one sound.
The band cut their teeth playing rowdy and sweaty rooms across Canada and the USA, touring with bands such as Hinds, Kate Nash, The Beaches, Luna Li and more.
They’ve also released three EPs More Honey (2018), No Honey (2017) and Heavy Gold (2016).
The two “Honey” EPs were recorded in Toronto with producer Mike Turner (Our Lady Peace) over a 12-month time period, finding time to sneak into the studio during off hours. These recordings capture the energy of Goodbye Honolulu’s early stage show and a permanent memory of what it was like to be an early 20-something in a rock ‘n’ roll band.
But over the last several years, Goodbye Honolulu has refused to let themselves be easily defined. As they’ve grown up, a new sound has started to take shape, the band began to draw from a wider range of influences and became less rigid about the music they make.
Featured image by Petra Collins.
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