Say Hi performing at Sunset Tavern in Ballard, Washington
|Also known as||Say Hi to Your Mom|
Say Hi (previously known as Say Hi to Your Mom) is a Seattle-based indie rock band formed in Brooklyn in 2002 by Eric Elbogen. Say Hi's albums were mostly recorded at Elbogen's home, with him playing all of the instruments and providing vocals. On February 7th, 2017, Elbogen announced the retirement of Say Hi. On June 22nd, 2018, Elbogen announced the revival of Say Hi.
He plays a Fender Jazzmaster guitar.
Elbogen most often tours as a solo act, but occasionally employs friends to accompany him as his backing band.
Their fourth release, Impeccable Blahs, was written almost entirely about vampires, though Star Trek is also mentioned. The song "Angels and Darlas" is a reference to Angel and Darla from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel both created by Joss Whedon.
With the release of their fifth album The Wishes and the Glitch, the band shortened their name to "Say Hi". This was done because the earlier name reflected an aesthetic that no longer matched the band's tastes.
Elbogen's lyrics are noted as being one of the band's strengths.
Say Hi's song, "November Was White, December was Grey" from Oohs & Aahs was featured during the credits of the third episode on the Showtime show, "Shameless", which aired in January 2011.
Say Hi's song, "Back Before We Were Brittle" from The Wishes and the Glitch serves as the theme song for Janet Varney's podcast The JV Club hosted on Nerdist.com. Subsequently, an excerpt from "Back Before We Were Brittle" is used as the theme song for the TV show Playing House. The show's stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham have said they first heard the song on Varney's podcast.
- Discosadness (2002)
- Numbers & Mumbles (2004)
- Ferocious Mopes (2005)
- Impeccable Blahs (2006)
- The Wishes and the Glitch (2008)
- Oohs & Aahs (2009)
- Um, Uh Oh (2011)
- Endless Wonder (2014)
- Bleeders Digest (2015)
- Caterpillar Centipede (2018)
- Devils (2010)
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