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Hawthorne Heights Biography

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Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio
Years Active: 2001–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Emo, Pop Punk, Post-hardcore, Screamo

Hawthorne Heights is an American rock band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2001. Their line-up currently consists of lead-singer and rhythm guitarist JT Woodruff, lead-guitarist and vocalist Micah Carli, bassist and backing vocalist Matt Ridenour and drummer Eron Bucciarelli. On November 24, 2007, guitarist and vocalist Casey Calvert died of accidental causes, leaving the band as a four-piece. The band, originally named A Day in the Life, has released three studio albums on Victory Records since changing their name to Hawthorne Heights.

The band found success with both of their first two albums, their 2004 release, “The Silence in Black and White,” and their 2006 album, “If Only You Were Lonely,” both achieving gold certification. Their second album additionally peaked at #1 on the Billboard's Independent Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Their 2006 single, “Saying Sorry,” reached gold status and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The band's third album, “Fragile Future,” was released in August 2008, surprisingly through Victory Records again, after a lengthy legal battle between the two parties.

Hawthorne Heights released their fourth studio album and first through Wind-up Records in June 2010. The album, “Skeletons,” peaked at #50 on the Billboard 200. The band's former label, Victory, released a Hawthorne Heights "greatest hits" album, entitled “Midwesterners: The Hits,” in November 2010.

Shortly after, Hawthorne Heights left Wind-up Records to begin their own record label, Cardboard Empire. Via this new label, the band will release an EP trilogy, beginning with “Hate” in August 2011 and “Hope” June 2012, with a third and final installment to follow.