1. There Was A Kid (Part II)
2. New Winter
3. Running In Place (Niki AM)
5. Nowhere Fast
I’m going to start this review of with this statement: I was very surprised with Hawthorne Heights. Not saying that they have declined musically since the sudden and tragic death of Casey Calvert. But, their music has changed quite a bit. I made my way through high school listening to The Silence In Black and White and If Only You Were Lonely. After I had found out Calvert had died I had stopped listening to them. Although throughout the years I have heard a few songs here and there from their newest albums. One song that caught my attention was Somewhere In Between from the Fragile Future album, that is when I started to see the transition that Hawthorne Heights had made since Calvert’s death.
The Hope EP is a continuation from the Hate EP that was released in 2011. Listening to the Hate EP first is a story about struggle, frustration and giving up. The songs were angry and very rough sounding, but then listening to the Hope EP you honestly feel a sense of hope with the lyrics and the way they play the music is upbeat and kind of has a pop punk sound to it, especially in Vandemonium.
With the Hope EP it tells you the story of how Hawthorne Heights overcame the death of Casey and continued with their music, even though many people thought they were fall apart. They came back with a sound that is their own yet keeps true to the old Hawthorne Heights. I really enjoyed this new EP and I can easily say I have become a whole new Hawthorne Heights fan. I suggest listening to the songs Hope, Vandemonium, and Nowhere fast off of the new EP.