Hawthorne Heights is a pop-punk group formed in 2001 in Dayton, Ohio. They were originally known as A Day In The Life, but after releasing an album and an EP, they changed their name to Hawthorne Heights.
The current lineup is as follows:
- JT Woodruff - Lead Vocals and rhythm guitar
- Micah Carli - Vocals and lead guitar
- Matt Ridenour- Backing vocals and bass
- Eron Bucciarelli - Drums
There was originally a fifth member, Casey Calvert, who was responsible for the signature Metal Screams
in many of their songs, but he died from faultily prescribed medication.
Tropes associated with Hawthorne Heights
- Abusive Parents: The boy's dad in his story "If Only You Were Lonely", who is also an alcoholic.
- Album Title Drop: "Niki FM" features the line "the silence in black and white."
- Author Existence Failure: Casey.
- The Character Died With Him: Averted. Calvert is still credited on the albums released after his death.
- Concept Album: "If Only You Were Lonely" tells the story of a young couple forcibly separated by the man's family moving away.
- One Album for the Price of Two: The two versions of the album have the same songs but feature different cover art/booklets that show the story from the girl's side and the boy's side.
- Literary Allusion Name: Word of God says that the name "Hawthorne Heights" is a reference to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
- Insult Backfire: The song "Where Can I Stab Myself In The Ears?" got it's name from a listener's negative comment about it.
- Living Emotional Crutch: In "Decembers", the singer describes his time apart from the woman he loves as "a self-inflicted coma."
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Light Sleeper" is a very catchy song...about being afraid of what's waiting for you in your nightmares.
- "Ohio Is For Lovers" sounds like your typical emo song about self-abuse, but is really just about how much JT missed his girlfriend at the time.
- Metal Scream: It was Casey Calvert's specialty and a noteworthy feature of many of the group's hits. Sadly, he's now doing it in rock 'n' roll heaven.
- Shout-Out: "Niki FM" has the line "I'm outside of your window with my radio."
- Softer And Slower Cover: The special edition of "The Silence in Black and White" features alternate versions of some of their songs, some of which are this.
- Word of God: The special edition of "The Silence in Black and White" includes a booklet written by JT which explains the meaning of each song in detail.
- Your Cheating Heart: The video for "Saying Sorry." The girl finds another girl's phone number in her boyfriend's pocket.