The Hawthorne Effect
The Hawthorne Effect is a studio musician grade four piece rock band hailing from Chicago.
John Jauch (Smoke Off Vinyl, Killing the Enemy) – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar Scott Fritz – (Dirty-White Fashion, The Morning Stares, Martha Berner) Lead Guitar/Vocals Will Sprawls – (Dirty-White Fashion, The Morning Stares, Martha Berner)Bass or Keys (Never both ;)) / Vocals Joe Babiak – (Kill Hanah, Michael Angelo Battio, Cage 9) Drums/Vocals
“The Hawthorne Effect” is the phenomenon by which knowing one is being observed affects one’s behavior. Every day we are watched by eyes in the sky, by computers and cell phones, by others around us, and by estranged parts hidden deep within, alternate identities within our very selves. This knowing is part of our reality and this reality is now.
The name implies depth and the songs reflect the name. Each song has been carefully crafted from beginning to end, not only to be rich with layers of meaning, but with layers of melody, and musical sensibility. It’s where simplicity meets the source. What we know and don’t speak of; what we see and often forget. The songs are about the general and the specific, serving as projective tests that allow the listener to generate multiple meanings, while packaged neatly inside a well straightforward simple message as well. The songs were written by John Jauch (Smoke Off Vinyl/Killing the Enemy), who has been an active member of the Chicago music scene for the past ten years and has had music featured on television and radio programs around the world. All songs were tracked, arranged, mixed, and mastered at Stranded On A Planet recording studio in Chicago, under the technical and musical prowess of producer Scott Fritz (Nadia Ali, Martha Berner, Cavalier King) and features the talents of several studio musicians: William Sprawls, Bethany Fritz, Tyson Ellert, and of course, Scott Fritz.
The album is a roller coaster of emotion and reflects the differing sides of the human experience not only through lyrics, but also in sound. Addiction, oppression, and mortality are just a few of the topics touched upon in this ten song soundtrack of lives that is unclassifiable as a whole, but familiar as well.