Live Gig Underground - Cologne

Hawthorne Heights und We Are The Ocean

Pukkelpop Festival 2011 - 18.08.2011 - Hasselt, Belgien(Nov/01/2010) HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS were one of emo’s most successful bands. But after selling one and a half million records of their first two works and the death of guiterrist Casey the downfall begun. The third record „Fragile Future“ was a commercial failure. Their most recent one „Skeletons“, too. But the last one has finally good songs to offer, again. After five years HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS return to european stages and play only before 120 fans in Cologne.

But they took the british post-hardcore outfit WE ARE THE OCEAN on the road, which are opening the evening with their new song ‚Lucky Ones’. In the first place the crowd just stands stil but their singer jumps off the stage into the crowd and makes them move. Unfortunatly this is the most negative thing of their show. The band has their best moments while the whole quintett is on the small stage. This is where they set most of the energy free. Ether way the band plays a nice set which lasts 40 minutes.

Unterwegs in - © sumnersgraphicsinc - Fotolia.comAfter a surprisingly short break of only fifteen minutes HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS enter the stage. It’s a sad picture that this band, which sold so many records only play in front of 120 faces. If they had come back in 2006 they would’ve played bigger locations than the Underground, I’m sure. They start with two old songs, „Saying Sorry“ and „Disolve And Decay“, which gets a good reputation of the crowd. It’s obvious that the band puts the focus on their first two records. They don’t play any song of „Fragile Future“ but the best ones off of their most recent album „Skeletons“ like „Bring You Back“, „Enf Of The Underground“ or „Drive“. But it’s the old tunes which get the loudest sing-alongs. After fifty minutes and the massive hits „Ohio Is For Lovers“ and „Niki FM“ the band leaves the stage. There is no encore just the knowledge that you’ve seen a great gig by a band that didn’t gave up while others would’ve called it a day.

Text by © by Sebastian Berning