Hawthorne Heights: ‘The Slience in Black and White’ In Full
February 6, 2020 | 19:30£15
Hawthorne Heights return to Sheffield to play their seminal debut album ‘The Slience In Black & White’ in full! This is definitely one for all you old school emos!
One of the biggest breakout successes of the new millennial emo-punk explosion, Hawthorne Heights found huge success with their first two albums, both of which went gold; their 2006 single “Saying Sorry” also earned gold status. Originally called A Day in the Life, the Ohio-based band endured personal hardships, numerous lineup changes, and a landscape of shifting musical styles over the years, but continued to hone their particular brand of angst-fueled pop-punk well into the 2010s.
Composed of drummer Eron Bucciarelli, bassist Matt Ridenour, vocalist/guitar player J.T. Woodruff, and guitarists Casey Calvert and Micah Carli, Hawthorne Heights built their fan base on a demo recording and a series of self-booked national tours that saw them sharing stages with the likes of From Autumn to Ashes and the Descendents. In 2003, they signed with Chicago label Victory Records, resulting in the 2004 release of their powerful full-length debut, The Silence in Black and White. While the bandmates relentlessly toured behind it, the album became Victory’s highest-selling debut, and its lead single, “Ohio Is for Lovers,” slowly invaded rock radio.
Hawthorne Heights’ second album, If Only You Were Lonely, arrived in 2006 along with a DVD titled This Is Who We Are. Leading up to the album’s release, Victory urged the band’s street team members to help it chart above R&B singer Ne-Yo, whose own album was slated to be released the same day. Questionable promotional tactics included rearranging store displays to hide Ne-Yo’s record and make Hawthorne Heights’ more prominent. Lonely debuted at number three on the charts, though more than a few eyebrows were raised in the band and label’s direction. Regardless, the album continued to sell well, eventually going gold.