Max Bornstein (Drums)
Emmett Webb (Guitar/Bass/Vocals)
Jacob Switzer (Guitar/Bass/Vocals)
Fox Martindale (Guitar/Vocals)
"Just about containing their feral energy, the lo-fi production is allied to some serious pop hooks, and only the most righteous of riffs."
"Featuring a slight stoner vibe -- a perfect companion to the laid-back guitar jangling of the tune."
- The 405
"Toronto's Goodbye Honolulu may fall into the "slacker rock" category, but they're hard workers when it comes to churning out new tunes."
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 theatre 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 albums 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.