Music / Hawthorne Heights

Hawthorne Heights is an emo band 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."
  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The video for "Saying Sorry." The girl finds another girl's phone number in her boyfriend's pocket.