The band commune HELLO FOREVER conjures up the spirit of the flower power era

02. November 2020

Die Band-Kommune HELLO FOREVER beschwört den Spirit der Flower-Power-Ära

In the late 60s, Sandstorm Retreat was one of Los Angeles' best kept secrets: a swingers club for the rich and famous - well hidden in the mountainous hinterland of Santa Monica, the so-called Topanga Canyon. Today, the property where "partner-swapping for the liberation of society" was once practiced is the home of Hello Forever, an artists' collective that celebrates the late sixties less with free love than with an authentic psychedelic sound. "Of course we are a band, but first and foremost we are a collective," says community spokesman Samuel Joseph. "We are an average of seven, and we use the term to honor the contribution of each individual. That includes those who don't play an instrument, but produce the songs with us, shoot the videos or take care of the photography and design. The stuff behind the scenes. It takes a lot of collaboration to create art."