A few things to note here…First, it seems that there has been another bunch of celebrity photos leaks and Vanessa Hudgens seems to be one of the targets this time…Second, it seems that she has photos leak every 4 years or so…Last, we have the new and some of the old leaks here to enjoy.
“‘I’m Ready,'” which melds the brothers’ love of Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel harmonies with more contemporary electro-pop influences like fun. and Imagine Dragons, is quickly becoming a bona fide hit.” – Billboard
Also, it’s important to note that the album comes out on 9/10/13, so depending on when you read this you can either pre-order, buy or download from Amazon by clicking on this link.
Hawthorne Heights is a band that has made headlines over the years. When their first songs became popular on the scene, they were met with both love and hate, but they were a band that pushed through and made it so that even the most hardcore kid who would hate on “crappy whiney emo bands” knew the words to “Ohio is for Lovers”. Then, in the midst of their rising success, they lost their late guitar player/screamer Casey Calvert. This led to the band taking things slower, and not having the same kind of steam behind them that they had with their first two efforts.
Zero is a different kind of album than the classic Hawthorne Heights albums. I would never have anticipated a concept record from these guys, but they make it work pretty well. I do think that it is obvious that the album was written without Calvert, as their last two studio albums were, but at the same time they do not try and replace him, and put choppy guitar parts where one could imagine his screams would have gone. The story of the album is interesting, the concept that it follows is that a bunch of young people have banded together to fight against a corporation that is keeping them down. While that story is not very engaging, the album itself is still very good, and I especially liked the song “Golden Parachutes”, which, while it follows the story well by attacking a corporation, sounds as though it may be a very well deserved jab at the band’s former label, Victory Records.
The band is going out on the road on the Van’s Warped Tour, and Zero is a great collection of material for them to bring along. While this does not feel like one of their classic albums, it is a fun album for what it is. It is good to know that they are not re-making their first albums over and over again.