Watch: Hawthorne Heights debut music video for ‘Just Another Ghost’

Earlier this month, Hawthorne Heights surprised fans by announcing that they would be releasing their fifth studio album sometime in the month of April. Accompanying the new album news, the band released their first new song in years; a track titled “Pink Hearts.” On Thursday (March 22), the Ohio-founded group joined forces with Substream to unleash the music video for the album’s official first single, “Just Another Ghost.”

The clip follows a woman as she goes about her life as the camera shots alternate between her being in a dark and cramped night club and being in the middle of an isolated desert. Throughout the clip, the viewer watches as the protagonist is followed by a ghost with a frown on its face. As the woman tries to be happy watching Hawthorne Heights perform — both in the cramped club and in the desert — the ghost is like a permanent black cloud, hovering around her making sure that she is not truly happy.

In the interview that accompanies the music video’s premiere, Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff explains how the choosing the Sonoran Desert (located in the southwest region of the United States) as part of the music video’s location reflects the meaning behind the song.

“[Slab City] also fit[s] the isolated vibe of the video, which is about how at one point you can feel on top of the world, but then the next second you can feel totally alone,” Woodruff explains to the publication.

“Now and then anxiety takes over and like — you have these strange experiences. Your heart beats out of your chest and you feel like you’re alone in the world, or maybe you wish you were alone in the world. Out there in Slab City, it looks like we are nowhere near civilization, and sometimes life feels like that.”

He adds: “The song is about how negativity creeps in and makes you feel bothered by everything because you’re not in the right mindset. You’re struggling.”

Watch the Benny Gagliardi-directed clip above and check out the full interview with Woodruff here.

“Just Another Ghost” will join “Pink Hearts” on Bad Frequencies. Bad Frequencies is set to be released on April 27 through the band’s new home of Pure Noise Records. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available here.

In support of the new record’s release, Hawthorne Heights previously announced tour dates beginning in the spring and concluding in the summer. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Hawthorne Heights return with new album, debut new song

It feels like it’s been years since anyone has heard anything from the Hawthorne Heights camp, but now, things are about to change. On Thursday (March 1), the Ohio-founded band announced the release of Bad Frequencies; their fifth studio album. Bad Frequencies is set to be released on April 27 through the band’s new home of Pure Noise Records which is a surprising move.

Hawthorne Heights have had a rocky relationship at best with record labels which is why when they decided to self-release their last albums, it wasn’t much of a surprise. According to the band, the decision to sign with Pure Noise came after following the label and seeing who they have on their roster and how they approach/treat new music releases.

“We’ve followed Pure Noise for years, and have always been impressed with how they release records, and the bands they choose to sign,” the band said in a statement. “We really believe Bad Frequencies is one of the best things that we’ve created as Hawthorne Heights, so we wanted to give it every possible chance at success. After a few conversations with Jake [Round, owner], we knew everything would come together quickly, and that it would be a fun project for both the band and the label.”

As if announcing a new record, its release date, and a new record label to call home wasn’t enough, the group has also unleashed the new album’s lead single, “Pink Hearts.” If the first line of the song sounds oddly familiar to you, then you would definitely be onto something. “You know you already kill me / You know you kill me well,” is a definite throwback to the group’s breakout song, “Ohio is for Lovers” from 2004’s The Silence In Black And White.

Unlike “Ohio is for Lovers,” which has become a quintessential emo song, “Pink Hearts” sounds a lot more upbeat even though the subject matter may be a little more serious.

“If we try, we can stay young forever, but I’m not sure we actually want to,” frontman JT Woodruff begins to explain about the subject of the new song. “‘Pink Hearts’ is about burning through relationships, because you are selfishly having fun when you are young. Eventually you have to wake up and grow up, and hope that you haven’t cut someone too deep.” Listen to “Pink Hearts” above.

Pre-orders for Bad Frequencies are currently available here.

In support of the new record, Hawthorne Heights recently announced a tour which will find them touring across the continent throughout the spring and summer months. The tour will kick off on April 18 in Albany, NY and will conclude two months later on June 30 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Hitting the road alongside the band will be Listener, Hotel Books, Sienna Skies, and Heavy Things.

The complete list of tour dates can be found here.