Performing at the cozy downstairs venue at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, the crowded Wednesday night triggered an avalanche of indie-pop rock with Now, Now Every Children (NNEC). The Minnesota natives, first showcased “In My Chest”, from their 2008 album, Cars. NNEC also performed a solemn piece, “Giants”, showing off the band’s bass, sweet vocals, and powerful percussion talents. They wrapped up their half hour on stage by winning the audience’s heart with their danceable track, “Neighbors”.
Following Now, Now, Every Children, was the audience-interactive, rock band, You, Me, and Everyone We Know, vibrantly performing pieces from a couple of albums, including So Young, So Insane (2008). You, Me, and Everyone We Know’s own “Happy Birthday” track features heavy and warm brass tones that climax into a playful number. From the band’s latest album, Some Things Don’t Wash Out, the band performed the first track, “Shock and Awe”, as well as the repetitive and addicting song, “A Little Bit More”. For their first performance since South By Southwest two years ago, You, Me, and Everyone We Know closed up their performance with an older, upbeat track, “Colorful Language”, promising to be returning to Austin, Texas in March.
Blowing in from The Windy City, for their first song, “The Cruel One”, Gold Motel dropped a heavy downbeat with a sweet voice of Greta Morgan, dark lyrics and climactic syncopated rhythms. Gold Motel certainly brought in a breeze of sweet summer with songs from their album, Summer House, stirring an infinite longing for sun bathing and love, with their tracks “Summer House” and “Safe In L.A.”. Though, from the Gold Motel EP, the reoccurring theme of summer reappeared and entranced the audience with the happy-go-lucky track, “Perfect In My Mind”. The band also performed one of their singles, “We’re On The Run”, Gold Motel closed out their performance with repetitive and slightly vindictive “Cold Shoulders”.
After a decent wait for the Hellogoodbye to set up, the eager audience began to excitedly chant “Hellogoodbye!”, over and over again. Eventually, Hellogoodbye warmed up, introduced themselves, and kicked off their performance with a song from their new album, “Finding Something To Do”. Their new album features tons of brass undertones in a few of their tracks, including “Getting Old”. The brass added spice, seduction, and climactic appeal with the blaring crescendos. Though, primarily performing tracks from their latest album, Would It Kill You, Hellogoodbye coated their audience in sweet high-school nostalgia with their classic hits, “Baby It’s Fact” and “Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn”, during which most of the venue shouted the unforgettable lyrics at the top of their lungs. In addition to those two tracks which are not on the latest album, Hellogoodbye created an impromptu and goofy song named “Scientologist’s Blues Jam”, after jokingly asking the audience for their religious beliefs. Hellogoodbye ended the evening with the audience swaying and singing along to the last song from their latest record, “Something You Misplaced”.
Hellogoodbye’s Winter Tour showcased a complimentary series of artists; Now, Now Every Children, You, Me, and Everyone We Know, Gold Motel, and Hellogoodbye, together create one brilliant mural of indie, power-pop greatness.
(Hellogoodbye performed at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas on January 26, 2011)