Hello Goodbye is a Scandinavian union of Swedes, Lisa Lundkvist (vocals) and Johannes Kanschat (drums), and Norwegians Frode Fivel (guitar and vocals) and Alex Kloster-Jensen (producer and guitar).
Following the release of 7" "African Nights" (1999) on the label Smalltown Supersound, they soon became favourites in the Norwegian underground music scene. Another highlight of 1999 was playing with Hello Goodbye-fans Yo La Tengo at So What in Oslo.
Due to Lisa's art studies they moved to Gothenburg, Sweden in 2000. Hello Goodbye were soon adopted to the Swedish music scene, and the same year they played the Emmaboda festival, receiving great attention in Swedish media.
Hello Goodbye was then becoming a quartet with extra guitarist Alex, from the Norwegian garage band Ricochets. Alex also produced "Heart Attack" (2002), recorded in Gothenburg in 2001, their debut album. The quartet had also become a killer live band, and after doing a fantastic gig in Oslo in December 2001, they were signed to Racing Junior.
Hello Goodbye's distinguishing features are many:
The combined song writing talents in Frode's beautiful pop tunes and Lisa's more hysteric punk songs are undoubtedly important. Seeing them live also reveals another speciality. Their all standing very close to each other. Johannes dancing behind his two drums, while Alex does his peculiar supersonic guitar posings. In front Frode sings and plays pationately, while Lisa's vocals inhabit extreme dynamics (from whisper to screaming), which also ensures a great experience when their singing together.
"Heart Attack" has received panegyric reviews in Norway. The critics have compared them to artists like the Velvet Underground, The Cramps, and The White Stripes. One review described the band by imagining The Velvet Underground playing songs by Dead Moon, or even the Sonics.
After being occupied with respective art and music projects for a while, they finally got together to make and record their second album "Haunted Holiday" (2004). The album draws upon their debut album, but with possibly even stronger songs, and a more complex and more thought through approach to it. Haunted Holiday is clearly a step forward!
African Nights 7", Smalltown Supersound 1999
Cheesecake, Last Take 7", Booff Records 2002
Heart Attack CD/LP, Racing Junior 2002
Haunted Holiday CD, Racing Junior 2004