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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.
In a rare Bruce W. prank call he calls Little Caesars and asks a bunch of random questions that end of leaving everyone confused.
Matthew and Santoro host the show and play around with the new studio improvements, discuss reality TV shows, talk about food that looks like animals, touch on what happened on Thanksgiving and the day before, tell stories about Black Friday shoppers, analyze a bunch of new bacon products and retell stories from sex ed classes.
It’s spring time and that mean’s its time to start yard work. If you look out the window everyone is hard at work trying to get their yard’s to look better than the next. That made me think of some fun things to do to your neighbors yard.
About Victory In Numbers:
As we all know, life comes with its fair share of ups and downs. The members of Victory In Numbers come well equipped with their share of first-hand experiences. The original five members of the band (then called Blue Collar) : Nick Passio, Brian Hannon, Vincent Green, Joe Altomari, and Den Kilfeather knew each other since their childhood days. It is said that Passio started the band when he was in diapers. In 2004, however, the band was handed the devastating news that a core member of their group, Vincent Green, was tragically taken from them in a motor vehicle accident. Green was not only the band’s leader and vocalist but also best friend. After months of mourning and not thinking about music, collectively the band members realized they had to stay together and continue their journey. “Vin would have been so f**king mad if we didn’t keep going,” lead guitarist, Hannon, says. So instead of dissolving the band and giving up when they were all at their lowest, the band grew closer together. They were no longer just a bunch of kids making music anymore. Green changed that. They were now young men with a purpose. Green’s passing became the inspiration of the future to come. Hannon says, “His passing inspired the band and showed us that music is not a distraction from life, but the reason we exist.” You can hear this passion for lost friends, the yearning for more, and the struggles that real life brings Victory In Number’s emotionally, check that, reality charged music.
Steel Tip starts of the show by explaining what happened the night before and why he looks like he is dead. Then the guys explain how you can use Craig’s List for more than prostitution.
Break music provided by Van Atta High.