You never listened to the song with me but it reminds me of you. All these lyrics, the melodies…it’s all you
"Where to begin, throwing caution to the wind..we’re so close but we’re so far away.."
I’ll always have you on my mind..
by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen
A decade later, and Hawthorne Heights’ 2004 breakout album The Silence in Black and White is still one of my favorites. It’s one of those few albums I can listen to on repeat, in full. Each song has its own personality, a story to be told. It’s no wonder that the band would plan a 10-year anniversary world tour to celebrate it.
But if someone had asked me whether I thought Hawthorne Heights should re-record it acoustically — as if I have any real authority on the matter anyway — I’d respond like that one teacher you had who always answered your question with another question: Why fix what isn’t broken? Why take an album that was great on the first go-around and change it up? To celebrate its legacy? To give fans a different perspective? To make some money in sales and to promote the tour? The album stands strongly enough on its own — that’s what made it deserving of a 10-year celebration, anyway.
The Silence in Black and White played a large part in defining Hawthorne Heights as a band as well as early-2000s, “mainstream” emo: the swoopy-hair chapter. Whether you loved it or hated it, you probably knew at least the chorus to “Ohio Is For Lovers.” The Silence in Black and White made the heavy-yet-melodic-and-approachable sound that much easier to digest. Every song flowed well, both within itself and with the others as a unit. This record acted as a gateway into the scene for many of us.
#latergram of @kolbyster and I from my birthday lunch a few weeks ago. Dont know we chose the hardstyle pose with the middle fingers but it happened. Photo by the GuamBomb himself; @davedinosaur #26 #whatislife #ijusthadwater
The butt burner/bath/Relient K. Therapy, man. #paqui #squirts #doesyobuttburnyet #atedawholebag
A sweet show we played with Dogwood.. Eleven years ago.. #dogwood #holygrounds