By Stephanie Derby
Ohio may still be for lovers, but Ohio is also a good place to go if you want to lock yourself deep in the woods, take a social sabbatical and do some inner healing. That’s exactly what front man JT Woodruff of Dayton, Ohio rock band Hawthorne Heights did for a part of their new record ‘Lost Lights’ which was released on September 8th via Pure Noise Records.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t stayed up to date on the band since my peak emo/screamo days in the early 2000’s. Upon listening to the first track, titled ‘The Storm,’ it was like a wave of nostalgia to my ears. The speedy tempo, a beat that makes you wanna shake it along with screams layered perfectly on guitar breakdowns, it’s a great blast to the past.
You can watch the video for ‘The Storm’ here:
Alongside JT on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Hawthorne Heights is Matt Ridenour on bass, Mark McMillon on lead guitar and screams and Chris Popadak on drums. For a band that’s been around since the dawn of 2001, they’ve maintained consistent catchy bangers with their post-punk sound and this 5-track record explores more of that.
The second track on the record ‘Dandelions’ is probably my other favorite. It’s still very chock full of the post-punk nostalgia that I enjoy, but the main chorus really resonated with me. It’ll remind you that everything we have in this life is all temporary. It’s nothing but a moment in time and like all other things that end, we’ll all turn to dust. So you might as well make the best of it!
You can support the band and stream ‘Lost Lights’ NOW on Spotify, Apple music, Amazon music, Youtube and more!
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See remaining tour dates for the Is For Lovers Tour fall here: hawthorneheights.com