Multi-instrumentalist Kenseth Thibideau (Goblin Cock) moved to San Diego in 1998, at the urging of local man-of-a-thousand bands Rob Crow. After arriving, he toured with Pinback, and played keyboards for Three Mile Pilot. After leaving the band Tarantel, he formed Howard Hello in 2001 and was soon joined by Marty Anderson (Dilute) and Wendy Allen (the Court & Spark), who both shared his penchant for experimental, noisy rock songs, and occasional collaborator Raymond Raposa of Castanets.
Their 2002 self-titled debut album was followed by the Don't Drink His Blood EP (2003) and the Howard Hello EP (2005).
Thibideau later switched his attention to projects like Sleeping People and Systems Officer, all while earning his living composing music for television and radio commercials. He released a debut solo album via Temporary Residence Limited in July 2010, Repetition, utilizing an experimental blend of dream-pop vocals and krautrock rhythms and following up with a tour that December.
In 2016, Howard Hello resurfaced with a new single, “Last Chance,” followed in 2017 by an album called Election Year.