Hawthorne Heights, ‘We Were Never Lost’ – Single Review


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Hawthorne Heights, ‘We Were Never Lost’ – Single Review ★★★★☆

Words: | September 12, 2023
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‘We Were Never Lost’ by Hawthorne Heights – Single Rating: 4/5 ★★★★

Hawthorne Heights, the Ohio-bred stalwarts of emo and post-hardcore, are back with their latest single, ‘We Were Never Lost’. Emerging from the heart of Dayton, Ohio in 2001, the band, consisting of JT Woodruff, Matt Ridenour, Mark McMillon, and Chris Popadak, has continuously evolved while staying true to their signature sound.

The opening notes of the song instantly envelop you in a somber yet comforting atmosphere. The lyrics, delivered with JT Woodruff’s emotionally charged vocals, delve into feelings of loneliness and self-doubt. These themes have long been a staple of Hawthorne Heights’ music. However, there’s an unmistakable sense of maturity and growth in this track.

Newfound Vigor

As the song unfolds, it takes unexpected twists and turns. It also navigates through golden roads of melody that capture the essence of their early work while introducing fresh elements. The band’s ability to balance familiar nostalgia with newfound vigor is impressive.

The single also features a poignant pre-chorus that explores the fragile nature of existence, blending introspection and vulnerability. This segues seamlessly into a resonant and anthemic chorus that serves as a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt adrift.

Musically, Hawthorne Heights showcases their instrumental prowess with tight, crisp arrangements that complement the lyrical depth. The guitar work is sharp and dynamic, adding layers of emotion to the song’s core. The rhythm section maintains a steady heartbeat, propelling the track forward.

In this single, Hawthorne Heights proves that they are not merely nostalgic forerunners of the emo genre but enduring architects of it. Also, it combines the band’s trademark qualities with a newfound energy and resilience. It’s a testament to their growth as musicians and lyricists, resonating with both old fans and new listeners. This song is a powerful reminder that even in the darkest moments, there’s a path back home, and Hawthorne Heights is leading the way.

So, wait no longer! You can take a listen below.

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