Hawthorne Heights to play HeadlinersWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For $11, fans of Hawthorne Heights can see the band in concert — and get a copy of their disc, “Skeletons,” due out June 1.
“Entertainment is kind of a luxury; you don’t really have to do it to survive. So a lot of people can’t afford to, so we try to make it as affordable as possible while also throwing our music in there,” said singer and guitarist JT Woodruff. “So you get the chance to hear the band play a nice, long, live show and get 13 songs from the new record plus another two additional that are exclusive to this tour.
“I guess we just really wanted to make sure that almost whoever wanted to go could come out and meet us and have a good time.”
Hawthorne Heights will be at Headliners June 4. Opening will be The Audition, The Story Changes, The Comeback and The Fight Within. Doors open at 6 p.m.
“I really look forward to going to Toledo. It’s a really cool city; it’s only three and a half hours up the road for us, and we can go to Tony Packo’s,” Woodruff said during a call from Cincinnati.
Woodruff, lead guitarist Micah Carli, guitarist Casey Calvert, bassist Matt Ridenour and drummer Eron Bucciarelli formed the group in 2001 in Dayton, Ohio. Their 2004 debut, “The Silence in Black and White,” went platinum and featured the single, “Ohio is for Lovers.” The band’s 2006 follow-up, “If Only You Were Lonely,” included the hit, “Saying Sorry.”
In 2007, Calvert died at age 26 from an accidental mixture of prescription drugs.
“He’s definitely always there with us,” Woodruff said. “Every time we get together, it brings back memories; every time we play a show, it brings back memories, but most of the memories are really good and really fond memories, so it’s good for us.”
Woodruff added there’s a special dedication for Calvert on “Skeletons.”
The new disc on Wind-up Records contains some moving tracks.
“ ‘Bring You Back’ is about a bunch of different emotions all rolled together — losing people you’re close to, losing people you’re not close to — it’s sad either way,” Woodruff said.
“ ‘Boy’ is probably the toughest song lyrically that I’ve ever written because it is specifically about parts of my life and not very good parts of my life,” he said. “I just wanted it to be really genuine and really just kind of write about being a divorced kid growing up.”
The singer-songwriter is willing to open up for fans.
“It would be great if people would make a personal connection with the lyrics,” Woodruff said. “I would love for each song to mean something to everyone even if it’s not the same meaning; I like for people to make their own assessments and sometimes that meaning is just fun, you know. I don’t think it has to be serious even though a lot of times it seems like that.
“Music sometimes should just be turn your head off and go away to a different place while listening to a great record. I know people can do that with our music. I hope that it makes people think; I hope it makes people follow what they want to follow, whatever that is.”