Toronto band Goodbye Honolulu recently announced its official full-length debut LP which is due Oct. 1. Today the band shares new single & video “Shine” – Emmett Webb explains the song:
“‘Shine’ was always a different kind of song for us. We knew it was going to be a new chapter, sonically and aesthetically, and that it had a very different weight to it. So lyrically when I began writing it, it was in response to some difficult times I was going through. ‘Shine’ is about acknowledging that you’ve been hurt, about searching and finding the light inside of the darkness, and that you will always love and support the people and things you care most about, no matter what.”
“With just a few friends, a couple days, a range of different video recording devices from DV home video recorders to 4k underwater cameras we were able to create the heavily stylized dream-like vignettes that make up the ‘Shine’ music video. With locations that take us from East York to Alora Gorge (not to mention additional footage provided by Moni Haworth shot in Los Angeles) each one of these visual moments has a unified hazy summers daydream type quality. Sampling from the visual mastery of Guy Maddin’s ‘Forbidden Room,’ each visual moment, although seemingly unrelated, feels connected through the use of heavily stylized editing. Layering of images and textures; film grain and light leaks; work together in an attempt to smoothly warp the moments. The end goal hopefully being to create the feeling of a hot summer day that you can’t quite recall. The feelings of lost love and moments misremembered.” -Isaac Roberts, video director
Goodbye Honolulu are an extremely multi-faceted outfit and the diversity of sound on their debut album comes from a truly collaborative writing process. Goodbye Honolulu don’t have one frontman, Goodbye Honolulu have 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, Goodbye Honolulu have created a collection of songs that never stick to one sound.
Goodbye Honolulu blurs the lines between power-pop, country, hip hop, lo-fi and more. Working with seasoned producers Ben Cook (Fucked Up, No Warning, Young Guv) and Tony Price (US Girls, Slim Twig, Ice Cream, Michael Rault), the album leads the band down an entirely new path creatively and sonically.
During the recording process the band dealt with many weird happenings, which is no surprise as the record was recorded in an abandoned movie theater turned recording studio in the east end of Toronto, where the band lived and recorded for 11 days. A visit by the spirit of a woman and a dog during one of their overnight stays inspired both the album’s choice of cover art as well as many songs and lyrics on the record.
Goodbye Honolulu 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 releases a year on Bandcamp.
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.
GOODBYE HONOLULU ARE:
Emmett S. Webb – Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Jacob Switzer – Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Fox Martindale – Vocals, Guitar, Organ
Max Bornstein – Vocals, Drums, Drum Programming, Percussion
Street Date: Oct. 1, 2021
Pre-order it here
1. Cut Off
2. U Got It
3. You and Me
4. Leave Your Love Behind
5. Get The Denim
6. Dye My Hair
7. Over and Over
8. Reason To Hate You
10. How Are You Doing
12. Stray Dog
13. Make U Mine