Hawthorne Heights have premiered a new song titled “Starlighter (Echo, Utah),” via Rock Sound. This track is from the band’s new album “Bad Frequencies,” which will be released on April 27.
JT Woodruff said the following about the song:
“I wrote the lyrics to ‘Starlighter’ after the worst drive of my life, in the mountains of Utah. There was snow pouring everywhere, the van I was driving didn’t have heat or defrost, and the passenger was wiping the window frantically with the sock he was wearing, so I could see the road. It was 14 miles ’til the next exit, and our lives kept flashing before our eyes. When we eventually made it safely to an exit, we left the van in the middle of the parking lot, checked into a room, and when I stopped trembling I wrote lyrics about summer. I needed to get my head out of the snow, and think about how this situation would be different if it was in June. So while my mind was racing, I crafted a story about a group of friends whose entire lives are ahead of them, and they just want to have one last weekend blow out. There are laughs, arguments, adventure, and everything that makes a summer weekend great. But the overlying theme is that I thought I was going to die that night, with my friends, just so I could sing and play guitar. Pretty crucial haha.”
He also added the following about the album:
“I think it represents some of the best times of our lives, set to music. I wanted to capture the emotion of your favorite summer growing up, when you just had the best time of your life, but now it’s all over. I wanted to capture the sadness that comes after extreme happiness. The beauty and isolation that comes with the end of excitement is something that is truly special. We spend our lives mired in the highs and lows, but we should really focus on the the in between. We have always just continued to move forward in Hawthorne Heights, and I think that this proves that. We don’t let the bad times get us down, and we don’t let the party last too long. We try to convey that message to our fans at all times.”