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"Top 10 Bands You Should Know 2007"

First Wave Hello formed in 2004 in lovely San Diego, Ca. They started as an experimental/electronica project but slowly began to sharpen their craft into a finly tuned spaceyelectronic based rock band with a knack for memorable hooks and melodies. They manage to create a perfect balance of 80's style geek rock ala The Cars with the hilarious whimsical wit of modern wise guy's Mellowdrone or The Faint. Ken Andrews of Failure fame played a part in the final production of the bands first full length, The Lord and It's Penguin, and by god if it doesn't seem like a beautiful homage to the man and his wonderful ways with a guitar. The band is unsigned as I type, but I doubt a band this amazing can go unnoticed for long.

RIYL: Failure, The Faint, Mellowdrone, Self, Abandoned Pools, The Cars, Squares Are Best, Autolux - RonCag, Decoy Music


"Lord & Its Penguin"

I’ve always enjoyed previous work from the folks in First Wave Hello and have a special place in my heart for Jacob Turnbloom’s voice. Although similar to the last self-released EP I received from FWH (and even including some of the same songs), this


limited edition release of “The Lord, & Its Penguin” is a surprising step into more infectious areas than previous efforts. From the start, “Everything Automatic” is a perfect first track. Beginning in a danceable way that wouldn’t necessarily be out of place on an album by The Faint, the song quickly juxtaposes these new sounds with those more familiar to FWH listeners. The influence of bands like Failure and Hum is still audible, but dare I say that this is better? The songs “Our best policy” and “Falling apart” are repeated on this release and like I mentioned in a previous review, could easily be heard on an alternative radio station that plays indie rock. The album continues to progress with some more mellow tracks in the middle that contain some great vocal harmonies, sparse reverb guitar, good use of synth and solid drumming that holds everything together. “Portable People” picks things back up and brings the teeth back to the songs that follow, while still keeping the ethereal element going. Towards the end of the album, San Diego music veterans might feel nostalgic for bands like No Knife during songs such as “24 Hour Protection” which holds some vocal stylings that fume of the essential album “…Drunk on the Moon”. After that things start to teeter off a little bit and eventually fade out with the ten minute cacophony titled “Submarine Decibels”. Overall this is a fantastic release from one of the best San Diego bands. I hope that this record and this band accumulate the attention they deserve. - Christopher San Diego Punk.com


"frequency response"

8.22932 out of 10

Goes Well With: Marcy Playground, Hum, Reeve Oliver

Computers have become the new guitar. Everpresent. Expected. Rather nice. Sure, there’ll be bands that take a stance against gadgetry, just like the White Stripes eschew bass, like Morphine 86’d the guitar. But when a band shops at CompUSA, the expanded sonic palette is the difference between a school-issued box of Crayola crayons and the supersized mega-64 pack, replete with sharpener. You know what I’m talking about, and so does San Diego’s Firstwavehello.

Without the keyboards, warm organ tones and blurpy little whatchamacallits on their debut EP, they’d be Marcy Playground. Or The Rentals. A damn good pop band. But with Frequency Response, they stand at the Power to the PCs rally alongside Ben Gibbard, who learned with the Postal Service that the difference between a top-notch indie band and an MTV hit was a few programmable beats.

Firstwavehello’s songs about being big romantic fuckups are riddled with post-modern metaphors of man as machine, of ailments manifesting as errors in code. The ones and zeros especially spruce up two of the most radio-ready songs any San Diego band will pen this year—the 21st century emo of “Falling Apart” and “Paralyzed,” a bass-and-keys breakup song so infectious it sounds like a cover of something played at someone’s 1984 high school prom. www.firstwavehello.com - Troy Johnson SD City Beat


Discography

2004 EP "Frequency Response"

2005 S.D. Bands Compilation "spine of the times"

2006 LP "The Lord, & Its Penguin"

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Bio

Influenced by the nostalgia of early 90's indie rock & the progressive new wave sound of the late 70's early 80's First Wave Hello have focused on creating songs that challenge ordinary song structure but still maintain pop sensibility. After the release of their 2006 Debut Full Length Record, "the lord, & its penguin" the Album was nominated for a 2006 San Diego Music Award. In support of the Record, which was mixed by acclaimed singer songwriter Ken Andrews (Failure, On, Year of the Rabbit), the band booked a DIY full U.S. tour. Shortly after this succesful stint, the band was asked to play with Ken Andrews on his upcoming nationwide tour in support of his new record. Not only did the band open each show but they performed as Ken's Backing band as well. Since the release of their 2004 EP "frequency response", and the 2006 LP "the lord, & its penguin", First Wave Hello are back in the studio working on a new record to shop around to labels on their next tour.
Tentatively titled "God Bless, Devil You", the record is going to have an even more progressive yet organic electronic sound.