Hawthorne Heights – The Rain Just Follows Me (Pure Noise Records) – 10 September 2021

Mom, It was never a phase! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Hawthorne Heights are back with their eighth studio album, The Rain Just Follows Me, via Pure Noise Records! Easily one of the most iconic emo bands of our time, Hawthorne Heights share their emotionally raw tracks detailing the difficult hurdles they’ve had to navigate for almost two decades now. The band has always overcome any obstacles they’ve faced and The Rain Just Follow Me is proof of that. Produced by Grammy-winner Cameron Webb (Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Megadeth), this is easily one of their best records!

JT Woodruff (Vocals, Guitar), Mark McMillon (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Matt Ridenour (Bass, Backing Vocals), Chris Popadak (Drums) all work so well together to create their cohesive sound.

“We want to create the best songs that are accurate depictions of our lives and connect to other people through our songs,” Woodruff says. “I hope this record helps people understand that others out there are thinking like them – and thinking about them. Everyone gets poured on in life; we just want to provide an umbrella.”

Right from the start, Constant Dread (feat. Brendan Murphy of Counterparts) hit us with a wall of emotion with the lyrics “I can feel my body breaking down, California sun, I can see the colors spiral out, nowhere left to run”. Title track The Rain Just Follows Me is a standout tune on the record showcasing the quintessential Hawthorne Heights sound. One thing I love the most is how relatable all of JT’s lyrics are which is evident on Tired and Alone and Words Can’t HurtHoly Coast and Thunder in Our Hearts deliver the heavier sound we all know and love as well as the iconic McMillon screams.

One of my favorite tracks on the record is Spray Paint It Black (feat. Anthony Raneri of Bayside) which starts off mellow before delivering a powerful chorus, “Spray paint it black if it blocks out the sun, Burn it all down with the sparks from our love, When I look in your eyes, I swear I just catch fire”. Seafoam (feat. William Ryan Key) is lyrically another solid song that I really enjoyed. 

Bambarra Beach (The End) is a very fitting closing track with it’s driving force and the anthemic lyrics,“If this is the end, you are the sky, Set me on fire so my ashes rise”, which i was singing along quite loudly (sorry to anyone who has to hear me sing!). Overall, The Rain Just Follows Me is an excellent album to turn up and get lost in. Hawthorne Heights is currently on tour supporting Bayside on the 21 Years of Really Bad Luck Tour. The past two years have been hard on everyone so grab a ticket, buy some merch, and show the guys some love!


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