June, 2001 - Dayton, Ohio as A Day in the Life.
- Eron Bucciarelli - Drums
- Micah Carli - Guitar
- Matt Ridenour - Bass, Vocals
- JT Woodruff - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Quote from Casey Calvert of Hawthorne Heights:
From interview with Skratch Magazine:
"I just want to be on tour all the time and actually make a living at this. It's not about money or fame, it's just what I want to do with my life."
Formation and Record Contract:
Hawthorne Heights were formed in the summer of 2001 in Dayton, Ohio. The band's original name was A Day in the Life. However, after shifting around lineups and musical styles, the group settled on Hawthorne Heights. The band put together a demo and set out on self-booked concert tours. Eventually, their demo found its way to Chicago-based Victory Records. Label head Tony Brummel was impressed with the band's sound and signed them to a contract in 2003.
Trivia Fact About Hawthorne Heights:
Hawthorne is a reference to American author Nathaniel Hawthorne and Heights is a reference to New England transcendentalism of the 1800's.
The Silence in Black and White:
The Silence in Black and White, the first full-length Hawthorne Heights album, appeared in June, 2004. It included the modern rock hit singles "Niki FM" and "Ohio Is for Lovers." Constant touring resulted in the album selling over 500,000 copies and receiving a Gold certification. It peaked at #56 on the Billboard album chart.
The Sound of Hawthorne Heights:
The music of Hawthorne Heights blends the catchy pop-rock of emo with a 3-guitar attack and occasional screamo style growling vocals.
If Only You Were Lonely:
As 2006 began, Hawthorne Heights' second album If Only You Were Lonely was one of the most eagerly awaited albums due to be released early in the year. The release date was set at February 28. The group joined Fall Out Boy and All-American Rejects for the Black Clouds and Underdogs concert tour in the spring of 2006.
Tragedy - The Death of Casey Calvert:
While headlining a concert tour, guitarist and vocalist Casey Calvert was found dead on the band's tour bus November 24, 2007. The cause of death was ruled to be accidental and the result of a combination of normal dosages of prescription and over the counter drugs. A pharmacologist investigating the case told MTV this type of accidental death was exceedingly rare.
The Return of Hawthorne Heights:
The remaining 4 members of Hawthorne Heights regrouped and began recording material for a 3rd album. The video "Rescue Me" debuted on FN MTV August 1, 2008. The new album titled Fragile Future is due in stores August 5, 2008.