Ahead of their upcoming 15-year anniversary tour celebrating The Silence In Black And White alongside Emery and Oh, Sleeper, longtime scene staples Hawthorne Heights have just blessed listeners with a new two-track covers EP.
Dubbed the Dads of Sad, JT Woodruff and company took a stab at covering “current pop songs” from Top 40 megastars Kacey Musgraves and Billie Eilish. Talking about the two new acoustic renditions and why they decided to cover “Butterflies” and “8,″ Woodruff said:
“The best part of music for me is reaching beyond borders and boundaries. Blurring the lines within a strange industry and marketplace is what keeps your blood pumping after all this time. A lot of people are probably going to ask, ‘why the hell is this band covering extremely current pop songs that sound nothing like their band?’ The answer is pretty simple. We tweeted at Kacey, just wondering if she had ever listened to us back in the day. And she tweeted some of our lyrics back to us. We thought it was pretty badass that musicians in different genres are still connected. Billie Eilish was a similar scenario. She posted a video of her breakdancing to ‘NikiFM,’ and thought it was super cool. Both of these are very talented artists, who represent the most current side of pop music. Both sound nothing like what we are used to writing. We thought it was a great exercise in trying to make their happy pop songs sound like sad emo songs.”
To check out the two chilled-out covers from Hawthorne Heights, be sure to look below. Afterward, to grab a copy of Dads of Sad, head here.