Hawthorne Heights have officially announced their eighth full-length album, The Rain Just Follows Me, which is set for release September 10 via Pure Noise Records.
“The most unbelievable part of this story is that this entire album was written and recorded BEFORE the pandemic,” singer JT Woodruff says. “All of this darkness and turmoil is basically a summation of the coldest and loneliest nights I’ve tried to reconcile for the past 17 years.”
The record acts as some of Woodruff’s most resonant writing, grappling with themes of distance emotionally and physically from his wife and daughter and balancing his identity as the frontman of one of the most iconic emo acts of the 2000s.
Over anything, the new album is explicitly Hawthorne Heights.
“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.”
Stream the new single “Constant Dread,” featuring Brandan Murphy of Counterparts, here:
Photo courtesy of Hawthorne Heights and Courtney Kiara.