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Say Hi (To Your Mom) @ The Echo, 10/17

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On a particularly hot and sticky evening, thoughtful rockers Say Hi (formerly known as Say Hi to Your Mom) took the stage at the Echo to a happily receptive crowd. After getting warmed up to the pleasant tunes of Princeton and Jukebox The Ghost, the audience had their dancing shoes laced up and were raring to go. They had come to see a band that is known for their catchy pop, but more importantly for their entertaining lyrics that capture the essence of what it is to be melancholy.

But here's the honest, heartbreaking truth: lead singer, Eric Elbogen is a mumbler. He mumbles with a geeky earnestness which is incredibly endearing, but you cannot hear a word that he's saying. This was the great tragedy of the night. I had gone to revel in the quirky, imaginative lyrics about vampires, spaceships, and Swedish pop songs, that I had grown to love over the course of their four albums, and I couldn't make out a single word.