A Chat With: Goodbye Honolulu
We had a chat with Toronto's garage rock band Goodbye Honolulu, made up of Jacob Switzer, Max Bornstein, Fox Martindale and Emmett S Webb before their gig in Montreal. We talk bangers, families, hanging out with famous people and see how they take part in the community with Fried Records!
How did you guys start making music?
J: I guess we all started making music separately and we’re influenced by different things and our families and whatever. Together we started making music at the end of high school and we each kinda had different bands. Max and Emmett were in a band together, then I joined that band. Fox and I were in a band together, then we kinda merged them altogether and right after high school and we made Goodbye Honolulu.
As kids, you guys just picked up playing?
E: Yeah well, me and Max have been playing together since grade 5. We were always in a band and we fell in love with pop punk when we were little guys. We had a bunch of bands, a bunch of incarnations
J: Basically we all started at different times when we were young, but we actually took it seriously, like as a career after high school
In an interview you guys said you’d be making a full album but now an EP is going to come out, why the EP and not an album?
E: I don’t know we fucked up, we made a mistake and said an album
J: We figured having 2 EP’s would give us more time to promote for the first EP and for the second as well and spread it out for a longer period of time
M: I think it’s easier for people to listen to 5 songs at a time than it is to 10. Especially since singles are coming out, then its like 'oh I've already heard these songs' leading up to when the EP comes out
F: Especially if its a new band, I don't think people want to listen to a whole record unless they're super fans
J: Yeah, and in the Spotify age which were in right now, you hear one single and you’re like 'this is great i’ll save it' but you don’t even check out the rest of the album most of the time. I’m guilty of that and I feel like a lot of people are the same way so having a couple, 4 or 5 of your catchiest songs on each EP I think is easier for people to wrap their head around
I wanna do a track by track of the EP, so let’s start with Back 2 Me
J: Okay, Back 2 Me stemmed from when I first started getting panic attacks and I was just feeling super whack and then I wrote a song about it. That’s it basically
E: There’s a really big bridge
J: Oh yeah that we got together! The verse and the chorus are the same thing it just gets louder and quieter so then we were like ‘okay we need to have a bridge that does something different’ and then me and Emmett got together and was like ‘what about this right here’.
The next one is Mother to a Brother, how about that one?
E: That was written like, I don’t know I was looking at my phone and I had a demon dating like 2014
F: First song we wrote together I think
E: It was just parts forever and we used to play it in our old band and it was kind of different and we had a recorded version for a little bit. But yeah that was our first song trying to write for Goodbye Honolulu as this sound we’re going for. So that was just a fun party, big track and on the verse Jacob is kinda rapping so its fun
Then its Bloody Hands