California-based indie-pop band Hellogoodbye began at Huntington Beach High School during 2001, when lead vocalist/guitarist Forrest Kline teamed up with keyboardist Jesse Kurvink to produce its brand of heart-on-sleeve synth-pop songs.
"I wasn't a bro or a surfer, and that's what was the primary at the school," Kline said. "The first couple years of high school, I didn't talk to many people or anything. I just had a few friends. The last few years of high school, I kind of started being generally social."
Thanks to Internet airplay and online popularity, the band managed to play to crowds of hundreds in the Southern Californian scene before having an official release. That came in 2004.
In 2005, the band was featured on the reality show "The Real World," which Kline said exposed the band to people who usually watch TV instead of seeking out new music. He said MTV has helped, but he would like to think the relentless touring schedule helped just as much.
Last year, the band finally released its debut album, so far reaching 343,000 in sales; its single, "Here (In Your Arms)" has been certified gold. "Bryan Mangieri