Hawthorne Heights is touring the country in a plush bus. The quintet’s debut album, The Silence in Black and White, has sold more than 500,000 copies since its release last year, and the group has appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and been on MTV’s TRL. The five young men from Dayton, Ohio, are living the rock-and-roll dream – but they took a highly unconventional path to get there. The band achieved its popularity without any real radio or TV airplay, a feat unheard-of a few years ago. They aren’t signed to a major label, and they don’t want to be. They don’t need industrial-strength marketing campaigns or heavy rotation.
What they have is MySpace, a community Web site that converts electronic word of mouth into the hottest marketing strategy since the advent of MTV.