Hawthorne Heights' debut album The Silence in Black and White has been climbing the Billboard albums chart for eight months now, selling more than 475,000 copies and spawning a "TRL"-approved single, "Ohio Is for Lovers," in the process. It's even been reissued in a two-disc deluxe edition, complete with demos, bonus tracks and a DVD. And it's still selling more than 16,000 copies a week.
All of which raises the question: Who's buying it?
"Man, I have no idea," Hawthorne frontman JT Woodruff laughed. "We're still having our best sales weeks ever, we just got certified gold, so we hope people continue buying it; but we don't really know who's buying it any more, that's for sure."
The sales are giving the band a good run-up to album two, which is already well underway. The band has spent most of the past year writing new songs on its tour bus ("We're big dorks," Woodruff sighed). And much like the emo-riffic "Ohio," the new material reflects the homesick feelings of a life on the road (see "Hawthorne Heights' Star Is Rising — Just Ask The Guitarist's Mom"). Kind of.
"Lyrically, there's definitely a lot of darker stuff, because we're away from everyone we know. We might get to talk to them on cell phones, or maybe we'll get them to come out on tour for a few days, but it sucks to miss your friends and your family and your girlfriends," Woodruff said. "But there's some happier stuff too. Because while we've been away from home for so long, we've been having the best year of our lives, as far as being in a band and doing what we want to do. So the darker stuff is a lot darker, but the lighter stuff is a lot lighter."
Hawthorne are currently in the pre-production phase of the new album, and will enter a studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, on September 5 to begin proper recording sessions with producer David Bendeth (Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin). And while it's still a bit too early to divulge an album title, the band did say it hopes to have it in stores by late February or early March. Y'know, while the iron's still hot.
"A lot of bands we like, looking back, have waited a long period of time in between releases, and so we got bummed and weren't as excited about the band when the new album finally does come out," drummer Eron Bucciarelli said. "And so we want to get something else out there while people are still into us. We just want to stay current. But for us, we're still having a whole lot of fun doing this, and we just want to keep it going and give the kids something new to listen to."
Fans will be able to do just that starting in late October, when Hawthorne hit the road on their first-ever headlining jaunt — which they've dubbed the Never Sleep Again Tour — with fellow Victory bands Silverstein, Bayside and Aiden along for the ride. And given the band's propensity for writing on the road, who knows, perhaps album #3 will be ready before you know it.
"Oh, I don't know — I think we might try to enjoy ourselves on this one," Woodruff said. "It'll be our first ever real headlining tour, where we get to play for over an hour, which fans have never got to see us do. So it'll be fun, which — for a tour — is kind of rare for us."
Dates for Hawthorne Heights' Never Sleep Again Tour, according to Victory Records:
- 10/27 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
- 10/28 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
- 10/29 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
- 10/30 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
- 10/31 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
- 11/1 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
- 11/2 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
- 11/3 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
- 11/4 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
- 11/5 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
- 11/6 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
- 11/7 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
- 11/8 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
- 11/9 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
- 11/10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
- 11/11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Live
- 11/13 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
- 11/14 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
- 11/16 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
- 11/17 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 11/18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
- 11/19 - Charlotte, NC @ Casbah
- 11/20 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
- 11/21 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 11/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
- 11/26 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle's Club
- 11/27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest
- 11/29 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
- 11/30 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto on the Docks
- 12/1 - Montreal, QC @ Spectrum
- 12/2 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
- 12/3 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
- 12/4 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
- 12/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 12/7 - Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
- 12/8 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
- 12/9 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
- 12/10 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 12/11 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues