With all of the controversy surrounding last spring's release of Hawthorne Heights' album If Only You Were Lonely, it is really no big surprise that the band has decided to leave Chicago-based independent label Victory Records. Stories of the iron-fisted approach of label head Tony Brummel are epidemic in the music industry. Perhaps the only surprise is the level of frustration from the band.
On Monday the group posted a nearly 700 page statement on their website under the title "The REAL Manifesto." The statement begins:
"Due to recent events we have decided to leave Victory Records. Our departure is anything but amicable. We have decided to leave Victory, in part due to the actions of the man who sits at the head of the label, Tony Brummel. Tony Brummel is a man that cares more about his ego and bank account than the bands themselves..."
No word is out yet about which label Hawthorne Heights may sign with, but they are just the latest Victory Records band to leave when it was financially possible. Taking Back Sunday are one of the most notable bands to leave in the past.
Best wishes to Hawthorne Heights for a creatively fruitful and personally satisfying future!