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Dayton Rockers Enjoying Heights of Success

Of the Oakland Press

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Some think that love means never having to say your sorry. But Hawthorne Heights was “Saying Sorry” in the fi rst single from its sophomore album, “If Only You Were Lonely.”

“It’s sort of an apology for all our loved ones,” says drummer Eron Bucciarelli, one of three married members in the Dayton, Ohio, band. “We’re saying sorry for never being there, for having to fi x problems on the phone from thousands of miles away and stuff.”

The relationships, Bucciarelli says, are maintained via “lots and lots of phone bills and lots of instant messaging.”

“Now that we’re headlining each of our wives will come out for a few days here and there and travel with us,” he says. “It’s a little easier now.”

It also helps that Hawthorne Heights has struck gold — literally — with “If Only You Were Lonely.” The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the quintet has built its audience through relentless road work and key bookings on the Warped Tour and Fall Out Boy’s Black Clouds & Underdogs trek.

But there are other drawbacks to that, too, as the group chronicles in its latest single, “Pens and Needles.”

“That song is about all the issues we go through on the road, the sort of dangers that people don’t realize,” Bucciarelli says. “You’re in a small van, you’re driving overnight on very little sleep, sometimes through treacherous conditions to get from one show to the next.

“It nails home the fact that being in a touring band is not a safe thing by any means, but you do it to follow your dream.”

Hawthorne Heights performs a free show on Monday (July 17th) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are being distributed through RockCorps, which encourages music fans to participate in community service activities. Call (313) 833-9700

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