Hawthorne Heights Sues Record Label

Dayton’s screamo darlings, Hawthorne Heights is suing it’s record label. According to this Billboard article, the shit has hit the fan.

There’s so many juicy tidbits from the article I just want to cut and paste the whole thing.

Here’s a few highlights:

  • The band claims that Brummel’s “overly-aggressive, unethical and illegal schemes and tactics,” including physically threatening music industry figures and scheming against other artists, have severely damaged the band’s reputation and its relationship with fans.

  • The label signed the band’s name without their knowledge or approval to a so-called manifesto, which falsely stated that the band believed it was in some type of war with artists in the hip-hop and R&B music genres, leading many to brand the band as racist.
  • Despite sales of nearly 1.5 million units of the band’s recordings and videos, Victory and Brummel claim that the band owes the label in excess of $1 million, the suit says, even though Victory has received in excess of $10 million in revenues from their sale of Hawthorne Heights’ CDs, DVDs and merchandise.

The band has also posted more information (their point of view) on their official website.

At least they’ll still be making $100K at the Orange County Fair.

  • ‘screamo,’ ha

  • I just don’t have anything to say. Not that it matters. Eh. I’ve just been staying at home doing nothing, but I don’t care. That’s how it is.