The Rain Just Follows Me feature the band in full creative stride and arrives via Pure Noise Records on September 10th.
Hawthorne Heights have shared the details of the band’s eighth studio album set to arrive September 10th via Pure Noise Records. The Rain Just Follows Me quickly follows HH’s 2018 full length, Bad Frequencies and features a collection of songs that explores an especially emotional stretch for frontman JT Woodruff.
“The most unbelievable part of this story is that this entire album was written and recorded BEFORE the pandemic,” singer JT Woodruff shares. “All of this darkness and turmoil is basically a summation of the coldest and loneliest nights I’ve tried to reconcile for the past 17 years.”
Taking advantage of inspiration in the most unlikely of places, the band found themselves fleshing out the ideas that would eventually become a part of the album while on the road – ironing out the sonic wrinkles while still spending fulfilling their obligations as a touring outfit. That reality affords a new appreciation of the work ethic at the core of one of the genre’s most enduring collectives.
Tapping famed producer Cameron Webb (Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Megadeth), Woodruff confronts the duality of his life as both a working, touring lifelong musician that endures the distance from his family all in pursuit of the passion and gratification that comes with continuing his craft.
“When writing, I tend to dig through memories, both good and bad. In, Constant Dread, I was searching through one of my favorite tour memories. Warped Tour 2017, in the tour bus village. One of our favorite hardcore bands, Counterparts, was hosting karaoke. As I was standing there, Brendan hit play on Niki FM, and then threw me the microphone, and as I was singing my own song to a jury of my peers, I realized that I need to loosen up. This should be fun, not agony. When I thought about that moment, while laying bed in the throes of the terror-filled gaze of the moonlight, I knew we needed to put Brendan in this song. And I’m so glad he said yes, because absolutely crushes it.“
The Rain Just Follows Me arrives via Pure Noise Records on September 10th. The album will be available in various formats including limited edition vinyl variants. Pre-Orders are currently available – HERE. Watch the music video for the lead single, “Constant Dread” featuring Brendan Murphy of Counterparts below.