OH alt-rock veterans Hawthorne Heights have released their new EP Hope via their label Cardboard Empire Records. The band has posted a lyric video for the track “New Winter”.
Hope is the second album in a three-part trilogy that began last year with, Hate, the first release on Cardboard Empire Records. Hope includes eight brand new, energetic songs and promises to have to you singing along, stage-diving and screaming your lungs out like no other Hawthorne Heights album before it.
As Absolutepunk noted, “”It’s always a risky move to go the DIY route. Instead it has reinvigorated the band’s creativity and their career. The band has been to hell and back and have lived to tell their story, which has resulted in the band’s best album to date.”
Altpress.com raves, “The independent life seems to suit Hawthorne Heights well. After nearly a decade of time spent on labels, the group have exercised their liberties as free agents, undertaking a three-EP series completely funded and released on their own dime. While last year’s Hate found the band exploring their angst-fueled hardcore roots, Hope dials the frustration back a bit, opting for a more melodic sound. The title track might be the most optimistic song of the band’s career; the song is an unabashedly poppy number featuring one of the group’s best hooks. “It always guides me home/Hope, it’s our favorite song when the tour is way too long/All I have is hope,” sings JT Woodruff, and it’s an empowering bend-but-not-break statement from a singer who’s experienced plenty of personal and professional heartbreaks. Hope is loaded with enough strong material to keep Hawthorne Heights on the road, right where they belong.
Press Release courtesy of Earshot Media.
Update: Check out our review of the Hope EP by Hawthorne Heights.