Hello Hollywood - Late Nights and Lovers
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: July 14th, 2009
Letís cover this now: Hello Hollywood is not ground-breaking music. They wonít sell millions of records (probably) and wonít change music forever (definitely). However, theyíre darn catchy. And theyíre having fun with what they do. Although they get a lot of criticism for their totally bland music, I would bet everything I have that they donít care. At all. Thereís hundreds and thousands of small bands just like Hello Hollywood. However, many bands donít even reach anywhere near where they have gotten.
"Danger Danger" is a perfect example of the majority of their songs, containing simple lyrics having to do with love, simple guitar riffs, and a chorus full of extremely catchy hooks. Itís one of their better songs that will hook you from the first chords from the guitar. "Celebutant" follows the exact same formula, containing a chorus that could be mistaken for an edited version of the first song. The difference between "Celebutant" and "Danger Danger" is the extremely watered down verses. Thereís just nothing fun about them at all. "Summer Sweetness" is another song of the same vein. Itís catchy, but bland. They do however gain credit for mentioning fireflies before Owl City did. "So Late So Sorry" adds another dimension with the guest vocals of Brian Dales from The Summer Set. His higher pitched voice definitely gives a change up from the usual low pitched voice of Hello Hollywood. The bland "Kids Undercover" has a lot of meaning to the band, but the lyrics are nothing special and neither is anything else in the song. "If I Could Be" finally switches things up a bit. And when I say a bit, I donít mean much. The verses are basically slower versions of every other verse in the EP. Itís just another average song.
Hello Hollywood is definitely a band on the rise. They still need to work on diversifying their music. If they accomplish that, they could easily surge in popularity. They have plenty of potential. However, playing the same song over and over wonít get the band anywhere.
You can listen to Hello Hollywood on myspace HERE.