INTERVIEW W/ Eron Bucciarelli by Nathaniel Lay
How has Cardboard Empire been treating you guys?
Cardboard Empire has been great. We started it a year ago and have 5 releases which include: 3 HH EPs (one is a tour only acoustic release), 1 album from the UK band Failsafe (it’s AMAZING…check it out) and a 100+ page book which was included in one of the pre-sale packages for our album “Hope”.
You’re nearing the end of your Summer of Hope tour. How was it?
The summer tour was a lot of fun. As with any tour, certain shows were better than others. Overall we had an amazing time, played some new songs (as well as plenty of old favorites), made some new friends and got to spend time with old friends. Oh yeah, we also got to go to Japan for the first time in six years. It was incredible. Great shows and awesome food!
Next, you have the Autumn of Hope tour. What can you tell us about that?
Autumn of Hope is a full European headlining tour. We’re hitting some familiar places and some new ones like Poland! We’re very excited about this!
At the end of “New Winter”, you have some children do some sad vocals. How did that come to be? Who are the kids?
Its actually just one kid, Avery, JT’s daughter. JT wanted to try to have her sing it to add a new element. It was pretty funny trying to get her to sing it right. It required several takes and different methods to have her repeat the words and melody the way we wanted, but the end result is pretty cool.
You recently set up a full album stream for your new EP. What has been the feedback so far from your fans?
Feedback for Hope has been overwhelmingly positive, probably the best response we’ve ever had from fans and press alike.
Hope feels more like your older material, which I definitely was glad to hear. What can you tell us about the writing of these songs?
When writing Hate and Hope, we tried to write from the heart. We didn’t try to write “radio” hits, just honest music that we would have fun playing live. That was the intention with our first two albums.
For “Running In Place”, you have “NIKI AM” in parenthesis. This calls back to your first and famous full length. What is the connection?
It is intended to be a lyrical squeal of sorts.
What song is your personal favorite and why?
My personal favorite is “Stranded” however we haven’t played it live yet. That song exudes emotion. Micah wrote a killer Soundgarden style riff (which I love) and the chorus hits like a ton of bricks! Its the odd song out on the album as far as tones and style goes, which makes me love it even more.
What is coming next from Hawthorne Heights ? Hope was the second EP of this trilogy you guys are doing. What can you tell us about the third in the series? When can it be expected?
We’re not releasing any information on the 3rd EP just yet. We’re firm believers in keeping details under wraps as much as possible and don’t buy into the whole notion of continuously updating people with studio updates, etc. The only thing I will say is that you can expect more passionate songs from the heart in the vein of Hate and Hope.
What else would you like to tell your fans about this summer and the new album?
Look for us on tour. We’re traversing the world for the remainder of the year. If you would like us to come to your town, please let us know on Facebook (we’re the ones that update and check it). If you want to hear our old stuff, you have to support our new stuff! Please help us spread the word about our new music and tour dates!