Dead On Stage: A Eulogy for Hostage Calm

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 9, 2014

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by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

My 50th Hostage Calm show was supposed to be yesterday, Wednesday, October 8 2014. 

In 2009, when I was 22 years old, I began to fall back in love with punk. I’d spent most of my college years on the outskirts of the scene I’d once loved, paying little attention to the neon craze and moderate attention to the legacy acts. But when newer bands began to bubble up and buzz through the comment boxes on AbsolutePunk, I dove straight back into the scene, hungry to find something that I wasn’t even sure I had been missing. I began to re-contextualize music and the community in which I’d always found comfort in the greater perspective of my life - and what I slowly started to realize, in those first fleeting moments where the idea of “Defend Pop Punk” was an actual mantra and not a goddamn joke, was that the people making the same kind of music that shaped and informed my formative years were now my peers. We’d come up through the same generational roadblocks, loved the same records as teenagers, and now were coping with the stagnation of contemporary life in the same ways - and the levels on which I found myself connecting to this new generation were more profound than even the emotional tumult of adolescence that colored my connection to music when I was a kid.

On December 23, 2010, I tweeted:

so @HostageCalm is saving my life today. prob because they are 1 band to which i have not yet attached devastating emotional associations.

Well, that sure jinxed it.

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Died Off Stage: Hostage Calm Have Broken Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 8, 2014

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Hostage Calm have broken up after dropping off Citizen’s fall tour. The band said “it’s too soon, it’s too young, and it hurts too much.” Read a statement below.

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Hostage Calm Drop Off Remaining Dates Of Citizen Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 7, 2014

Citizen have confirmed that Hostage Calm will not be playing the remaining dates of their fall headlining tour. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Crying, Somos Announce Fall Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 29, 2014

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Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Crying, and Somos are going out on what you might call an exciting fall tour in November and December. Walter Mitty, Foxing, and Hostage Calm will all provide extra support on select legs. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased here now with the whole tour going on sale Friday. Check out the dates below!

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POZ Review: Hostage Calm - Die On Stage

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 23, 2014

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by Erik van Rheenen

2012 was an impossibly important year for coming-of-age punk records, unstuck in time with bleeding-heart nostalgia and grappling with how to grow up, fall in love, and survive in a world where youth is fragile and the world is broken. With On the Impossible Past, the Menzingers captured those youthful insecurities and fractured lost loves through a star-spangled lens, one that both loved and felt disillusioned growing up as an American — direct references to Lions Clubs and American muscle cars and the Paupack Cliffs instilled a sense of place, tethering On the Impossible Past to a nostalgic, purely American aesthetic.
 
On the flip side, Hostage Calm wrote the bright-eyed Please Remain Calm, a record that sprawled both in place (“From the jungles, to the deserts, to the trenches’ reddened snow”) and in sound (few of the band’s punk contemporaries could pull off the doo-wop tinged “Patriot” with the same panache, or the sweeping “The M Word” with the same sincerity). If Please Remain Calm and On the Impossible Past were punk rock bildungsromans, 2014’s Rented World and Die on Stage dissect the same troubled world through more mature eyes. And even if Die on Stage narrows the globetrotting scope of Please Remain Calm, the effort still marks Hostage Calm’s tautest songwriting to date.
 
There’s nothing quite as singularly daring or genre-bending as “Patriot” or “The M Word” during Die on Stage’s half-hour runtime, but Hostage Calm still makes nods to the throwback ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll-tinged moments that splashed Please Remain Calm with vibrant shades of energy. If it wasn’t for Chris Martin’s punkish vocals and a rambunctiously upbeat tempo, “Fallen Angel” might have charted on the Billboard Charts of yesteryear, and the chorus-fakeout-to-guitar-solo that highlights album opener “When You Know” is a brilliant moment for Tom Chiari.

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To Die On Stage By Your Side

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

The night before Hostage Calm announced the release of their new record, they cryptically took to the Internet to tease the big news, tweeting/Instagramming out “One last time. Die on stage.” No context offered, no explanation provided – just the indication that something climatic was nigh. And the Internet, hungry as ever for drama, took this futile message to heart and began to speculate; this surely couldn’t mean the looming dissolution of the charming five-piece band from Connecticut, could it? Considering that Hostage hadn’t toured or even surfaced their heads in almost a full year, it was all too easy to jump to the conclusion that a lack of activity, combined with the “one last time” declaration, was a sign of the band’s demise. But as it turns out, the mantra behind Die on Stage isn’t as much a death rattle as it is the core of their artistic expression, the centerpiece of the Hostage Calm spirit, and moreover, the complete opposite of an imminent breakup.
 
“The ethic behind Die On Stage is one of giving yourself to the art,” vocalist/songwriter Chris Martin explained in a recent phone interview. “The concept of that first word, ‘die,’ is that death is the finale of effort. It’s the last time, the last of your material existence, the last of your life’s big push. And then after you’re done, whether it’s a band or a human or a relationship, all that survives of it is the memory. And that legacy is what we are constantly chasing, the concept that we would go and make art so bold, so powerful, and so singular that it could live on long after we do.”
 
Die On Stage is Hostage Calm’s fourth studio LP and the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed Please Remain Calm, a record that was pointedly focused on bringing forward the unspoken disillusionment and heartbreak of American youth amidst the economic downturn. An enduring portrait of the times told through thoughtful, contemplative metaphors and propped up by a lively kaleidoscope of vintage rock n’ roll influences, PRC pulled the curtain back to reveal the widespread societal unrest of an entire generation. But if PRC strived to converse about the embittered attitudes of American youth at large, the stories told on Die On Stage zoom in on a much smaller microcosm of that unrest by depicting the daily manifestations of it. “On a lot of the songs, there’s this sense of carpe diem, of shedding the chains of subdued social life and not being afraid to do what you want,” Martin pointed out. “But other parts of the record are terrified, and they feel guilt, and there’s this sense of disillusionment. Both are very much at work. And that’s something that I think connects with as many people, if not more, than the nuanced political speak that flows more heavily across some of our prior records.”

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Hostage Calm Release “A Thousand Miles Away From Here” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 17, 2014

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Hostage Calm have released Die On Stage. Watch a music video for ”A Thousand Miles Away From Here” from the album here via Red Bull or below.

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Man Overboard Postpone EU/UK Tour Until Spring Due To Injury

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 12, 2014

Man Overboard have been forced to delay their trip to Europe due to Nik tearing his ACL and going under the knife. The tour has been rescheduled with Hostage Calm and Roam to take place in April and May. Check out a message from the band and new dates below.

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Hostage Calm Release ‘Die On Stage’ For $5 To Combat Early Leak

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 4, 2014

Hostage Calm are releasing Die On Stage on September 16th via Run For Cover. The album leaked early, which has caused the band to put it on Bandcamp for $5 early. Pick it up to support the band below.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated September Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 26, 2014

September is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated September Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!

Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living (09/09)
It’s been very fun watching Tiny Moving Parts grow over the past year and a half. I use fun because that’s the adjective that pops into my head when I think about the band. Yes, their lyrics are often sad and their guitars are more than often twinkly, but in spirit, I know three fun dudes are coming up with great songs.

Tours with Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms, and soon Dads, sort of shape the band in a perfect mold between heavy hitting songs, but the kind that you want to make you happy, not sad.

I think I just created a new kind of emo. - Zack Zarrillo

The American Scene - Haze (09/09)
It’s been two years since The American Scene released the band’s sophomore album and I, for one, have been eagerly awaiting a follow up to the slow burning Safe For Now. And with fall around the corner, the time is right for a new release from the indie rockers: the band’s hazy tones and piercing vocals are the perfect pairing for those chilly nights. Haze is due out on September 9, and a number of tracks have already been released, including “Nails of Love,” “Royal Blue,” and “4th and Broadway.” Whereas the last album was beautifully deliberate and unhurried, these new tracks feature sweeping hooks and an invigorating haste. This is a band that I have long believed deserved far more attention than they’ve gotten, and I think they’re finally poised to make that happen. - Becky Kovach

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Hostage Calm Debut “A Thousand Miles Away From Here” From ‘Die On Stage’

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 18, 2014

Hostage Calm are back with Die On Stage on September 16th via Run For Cover. Stream a new song called “A Thousand Miles Away From Here” via Noisey or below after the jump.

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The Making Of ‘Die On Stage’

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 12, 2014

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Hostage Calm are back with Die On Stage on September 16th via Run For Cover. Watch a making of video below after the jump.

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Man Overboard, Hostage Calm, Front Porch Step, Roam UK/EU Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 7, 2014

Man Overboard, Hostage Calm, Front Porch Step (UK only), and Roam are heading on tour together in November in Europe. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Citizen Welcome You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise, True Love To Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 29, 2014

Citizen will be touring North American on their own headlining tour in September and October with You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise, and True Love. Check out the dates below after the jump!

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Hostage Calm ‘Die On Stage’ Album Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 23, 2014

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Hostage Calm are back with Die On Stage on September 16th via Run For Cover. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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