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JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights

June 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Interviews

“It’s a fresh start, a new record company, new album, and a new perspective on life” is how one member of Hawthorne Heights recently described their career and the direction it’s headed.  Certainly their past has been rocky but this band knows how to bounce back.  On June 1st  they will release their new album “Skeletons” – their debut on Wind-Up Records.

Feeling as if they’ve grown their sound with this album the songs cover everything you’d expect and a whole lot more from the country stylings of “Gravestones” to the 80s inspired “Nervous Breakdown” to the poptastic “Picket Fences” to the deeply personal tale of frontman JT Woodruff’s life experience of being abandoned by his alcoholic father in “Boy”.

After the passing of guitarist Casey Calvert in 2007 Hawthorne Heights was turned upside down, but this hardship and others have helped shape the band into who they are today, taking nothing for granted.  They’re back to basics with a focus on core values and friends and family, even the album title “Skeletons” points to that simple approach of stripping down to the essentials. 

Lyrically, this album has a lot to say, chock full of serious issues from the recession to suicide and musically you can feel the boundaries being explored in many different directions, perhaps the results of working with producer Howard Benson who has been known to push bands out of their comfort zone.

Recently we caught up with JT to talk about the new album, the writing process and what the future has in store for Hawthorne Heights.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Premiere Video for “Skeletons”

January 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

Babelgum announces the exclusive premiere of the music video for “Skeletons” off the Yeah Yeah Yeahs third album It’s Blitz.  The seven-day exclusive starting on January 26 also includes a ‘making-of’ the video, live performances and an interview with director Barnaby Clay, who also directed the video for “Zero” earlier this year.

Check out the “Skeletons” video below: