Hawthorne Heights to Release New Studio Album on Victory Records

    CHICAGO, June 6 /CNW/ -- The surviving members of platinum selling rock
band Hawthorne Heights have agreed to drop, in its entirety, their August 2006
lawsuit against Victory Records entitled Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger, Casey
Calvert, Micah Carli, Matt Ridenour, JT Woodruff, p/k/a "Hawthorne Heights" v.
Victory Records, Inc., et al, and Victory Records, Inc. v. Eron
Bucciarelli-Tieger, et al. (No. 06 C 4258) filed in the United States District
Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
    Victory Records will release Hawthorne Heights' third studio album titled
'Fragile Future' on August 5, 2008. 'Fragile Future' follows two highly
successful albums with Victory Records. 'The Silence in Black and White'
(2004), peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 reaching platinum status. The
band followed up in 2006 with 'If Only You Were Lonely' which debuted at #3 on
the Billboard Chart and was certified Gold shortly thereafter.
    Victory Records Owner Tony Brummel commented, "Everyone at Victory is
ecstatic about the forthcoming album from Hawthorne Heights. It is by far
their best material to date. When Victory and Hawthorne started our
relationship in 2003 it was always about beating the odds. Our country has
just seen and experienced historic change with the Democratic nomination of
Barack Obama. Everything happens for a reason and there is tremendous
positivity in the air. We have lived in a reality of petty disputes,
unresolved misunderstandings, unhealthy friction and negative sensationalism
for too long. Forgiveness and the ability to reunite are powerful gifts. They
create a spirit. Couple that spirit with great music and you have something
that is extraordinary and transcendental. You cannot change the past but you
can affect the future. There is a bigger lesson and story here than just
releasing a new album. Victory, and I know Hawthorne Heights, are thankful to
be a part of that."
    Hawthorne Heights' Drummer Eron Bucciarelli reflects, "We now regret
having begun the lawsuit we filed in 2006. We should not have listened to
those, who, for whatever reasons, were then advising us to pursue this
strategy. We are sorry for having put Victory Records and Tony Brummel through
this ordeal, and regret any negative publicity that may have resulted. Many
false, hurtful and incorrect statements were made, especially on the Internet,
none of which were true. Tony Brummel and Victory gave us our start, and did
an unprecedented job with our first two albums. We hope they can repeat that
success with our third studio album. Unfortunately, we cannot change the past,
but we're now taking steps to heal the wounds and start fresh." Singer JT
Woodruff offered, "We are so excited to release our third album. It feels
absolutely amazing to finally have a release date in sight. Over the past year
or so we have written a lot of songs, thrown away a lot of songs, and over the
last month wrote a lot more songs. This last batch totally sums up where we
are as a band, what we have been through and most importantly...where we want
to be. Through all of the smoke and fire, we feel these songs are the best
material we have ever released".
    Victory Records, Inc. is the top independent rock label in the United
States and one of the world's leading independent record companies.

For further information:

For further information: Jenny Reader, Director Of International
Publicity  & Marketing of Victory Records, Inc., +1-312-666-8661, ext. 114, 
jenny@victoryrecords.com Web Site: http://www.victoryrecords.com

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