Winner: Hawthorne Heights
Hawthorne Heights formed in 2001 originally under the name A Day in the Life. Hawthorne Heights' drummer, Eron Bucciarelli, stated in the bonus edition DVD of The Silence in Black and White that Hawthorne is a reference to the author Nathaniel Hawthorne and Heights refers to transcendentalism. Another explanation, with an unknown origin, is that the name is a portmanteau of "Hawthorn (sic) Hill" and "Huber Heights," names of two areas around the band's hometown of Dayton, Ohio. They burst onto the scene with 2004's The Silence in Black and White, their Victory Records debut. Fueled by the single "Ohio is For Lovers," the album went on to sell over 800,000 copies without virtually any radio play. When their second album If Only You Were Lonely was released, it debuted at number 3 on the charts having sold 100,000 copies in the first week, powered by the lead single "Saying Sorry" which has received massive airplay on MTV, VH1 and Fuse. On July 18, 2006 it was announced that they would be in the annual Nintendo Fusion Tour along with Relient K, Emery, The Plain White Ts and fresh from their spot on the Victory Records tour, The Sleeping. On August 7, 2006, the band announced they would be leaving Victory Records, and are suing the label for breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, fraud, and abuse. Due to the band leaving Victory, the Nintendo Fusion Tour has taken a particular significance as the band attempts to get signed onto a new label. The band has also gone for a world record attempt for having the largest street team ever as they are promoting the tour using their Myspace fans. The current lineup is: JT Woodruff: Vocals/Guitar Micah Carli: Guitar Casey Calvert: Guitar/Backup Vocals Eron Buciarelli: Drums Matt Ridenour: Bass More about Hawthorne Heights
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