Hello Darling, an indie rock band from Hartford, Connecticut was formed in January of 2004 when
Mike O'Donnell, the band's lead vocalist and guitarist enlisted John Coen, guitar and Zach Carver-Gustin, bass, along
with former drummer Jared Ainscough to form a new group. All band members were students at the University of Hartford, and
Mike had previously been introduced to John and Zach when the two Audio Engineering majors recorded Mike's solo acoustic work
for a class project. The band began practicing, originally adapting songs that Mike had previously written for his solo work,
and eventually started writing their own collective songs. They take their inspiration from artists including Elliot Smith,
Dinosaur Jr., J. Mascis, and Lemonheads, and write music mostly based on personal experiences.
Hello Darling played their first public show on March 4, 2004 with the Rebecca Correia Band at the Hawks Nest at the
University of Hartford. Since then, the band has gone on to play throughout New England at such venues as Millie's,
c.o. Jones, and the University of Connecticut, as well as with bands including The Everyday Visuals and Lock and Key.
They had taken the time to record some tracks and create a short demo.
After taking a brief hiatus in the summer of 2005, Hello Darling has experienced a recent revival this fall after becoming a
part of the Manage It! Project in cooperation with the Performing Arts and Music Management program at the Hartt School.
Manage It! has taken on the band and assisted in booking, recording and promoting their music. At this crucial time in the
band's career, Jared has been unable to continue with the group. Replacing him is Jonathan Chamberlain, a Music Management
major at the Hartt School, a member of the Manage It! Project, as well as an accomplished drummer. Jon's addition to the
band has added a fresh spin to the band's already impressive sound. From this point on, "we're going to give it all that we can,"
the band declared.
Mike O'Donnell, Lead Vocals/Guitar,
has been playing music for years, previously focusing primarily on his solo acoustic work. In high school, Mike would record
himself on 4 tracks. He has always drawn inspiration for his songs from people and personal experiences, and is the main
songwriter for Hello Darling, coming up with the lyrics and framework for most of their songs. Mike is a 2005 BFA graduate
of the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford, with a concentration in Printmaking.
John Coen, Guitar,
has been playing self-taught guitar since high school. He previously played in bands including Longshot. He has been playing
with Hello Darling's bassist, Zach Carver-Gustin for almost a decade. He draws much of his inspiration from 90s rock,
including J. Mascis. He will be graduating in the spring of 2006 from the College of Engineering of the University of Hartford
with a bachelor's degree in Audio Engineering Technology.
Zach Carver-Gustin, Bass,
has been playing the bass and guitar, both self taught, since high school. He has previously played in the band Longshot,
and has been playing with John Coen, Hello Darling's guitarist for close to a decade. He draws his inspiration from artists
such as Sebadoh and J. Mascis. He will be graduating in the spring of 2006 from the College of Engineering of the University
of Hartford with a bachelor's degree in Audio Engineering Technology.
Jonathan Chamberlain, Drums,
a senior in the Music Management program at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford is most recent addition to Hello
Darling. In addition to percussion, Jon plays piano and guitar and sings. He also writes his own music. Jon draws his
inspiration from a mix of genres, including Jazz, Classical, Funk, Electronic, and Rock bands such as the Beatles and Sublime.
Highlights of Jon's career so far include playing in New York City venues such as the Cutting Room, Knitting Factory and The