Many Dumb Decisions Continue To Catch Up With Hawthorne Heights

Nov 21st, 2007 // 5 Comments

hawthorneheights.jpgLike their choice of business associates and their press stunts and their general suckiness. Following the semi-scanadlous, street team-manipulated success of their 2006 breakthrough If Only You Were Lonely, the middling mall screamo band has prepared its genre-mandated bazillion-track multi-genre concept followup opus. But they are being prevented from flooding the market with two whole CDs worth of overwrought whining about evil broads because they’re too busy being sued by the dick who ran their former label, Victory Records, plus a buncha other people. So…they lose, but we win?

The group is still battling its label, Victory Records, and its president, Tony Brummel, in Chicago federal court, claiming damage to the group’s reputation and its relationship with its fans. Brummel countersued the band and Virgin Records, who he claimed was trying to steal Hawthorne Heights away. There are also outstanding copyright ownership and trademark infringement issues. Judge James Moran has ruled that Hawthorne Heights’ contract with Victory does not prohibit the band from recording for another company but that the group still owes Victory two more albums.

Oh, and they’re also being sued by their former management company for the cherry. And maybe a few more litigants they forgot? Guess you’ll think twice before engaging with your label in shameful (and failed!) chart-fixing, anti-Ne-Yo propaganda, guys, Man, it’s just “all roads lead to Ne-Yo” day around here today, isn’t it? Ne-yo, Ne-yo, Ne-yo.

Legal Drama Delaying Next Hawthorne Heights CD [Billboard]

  1. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    There is a precedent of of Victory damaging band’s reputations. They whore their bands terribly, even by label standards. I’m pretty sure the whole reason Thursday wanted off so bad was because Victory wanted to sell Thursday whopee cushions as merch.

    Of course, Hawthorne Heights first dumb decision was picking up guitars or not killing themselvs the first time they thought about it.

  2. Ned Raggett

    @Dead Air ummm Dead Air: That last comment alone has made this a happy Thanksgiving.

  3. SuperUnison

    @Dead Air ummm Dead Air: Yeah, I’ve heard the same thing as far as Victory being like a mini major in all the wrong ways. However, I’ll still always love “Full Collapse” and “Tell All Your Friends.”

  4. Bazooka Tooth

    oh, man, poor HH. They got “famous” by being 30 year olds who sing how hard it is to hang out at the mall and see the girl you like who doesn’t like you. waaaaa.

  5. Anonymous

    It’s hard to feel sympathy for HH when basically everybody who was paying even a little bit of attention knew what a colossal prick Brummel is and all about his quasi-legal tactics before they even signed.

    P.S. @SuperUnison: I too will rep for “Tell All Your Friends.”

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