Song Premiere: Hawthorne Heights, ‘Four White Walls’

Hawthorne Heights are still buzzing off the release of last year’s Skeletons, the band’s fourth full-length album. But later this month, get ready for the release of Hate, the first of three planned EPs on the band’s new imprint label, Cardboard Empire. And guess who’s got the exclusive premiere of lead single “Four White Walls” below? You’re welcome.

Judging by the EP title and “Four White Walls,” the Ohio quartet is an angry group these days. “Four white walls/Closing in around me/This is a curtain call/Now, I am nothing,” yells lead singer JT Woodruff before the band settles into a blend of post-hard-core aggro and pop-punk rhythms. While four white walls conjure up images of sanitariums, the band equates a physical asylum with its mental equivalent, reinforcing the protagonist’s nihilistic worldview. “The worst in me is all I see/I blame the world for everything,” sings Woodruff. Despite the bleak lyrics, the music itself leans more toward the band’s penchant for crunchy guitars and anthemic, stadium-ready hooks. We can see this one being yelled back at the band at concerts by its most ardent fans.

Hate will be released Aug. 23, with videos expected for each of the EP’s tracks.

+ Listen to Hawthorne Heights’ “Four White Walls” below.