POZ Gallery: Hostage Calm House Show
Features: Hostage Calm, Pentimento, Secret Plot, The Hundred Acre Woods
Location: Michael Jordan House - Philadelphia, PA
Photos By: Allison Newbold
POZ Gallery: Hostage Calm House Show
POZ Gallery: Bled Fest
Features: Tigers Jaw, Pianos Become The Teeth, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm, The World Is A Beautiful Place, Pity Sex
Location: Howell, Michigan
Photos By: Kara Smarsh
An uncharacteristically muggy day and an ever-approaching storm welcomed Hostage Calm and Code Orange Kids to Rochester, NY on May 22, as both bands trekked inland from the East Coast into the heart of New York State. Located in the basement of a local bar, Dubland Underground combines the DIY atmosphere of a local basement show with the technological accoutrements of a larger venue, creating the perfect hybrid to showcase touring punk bands.
The night began with support from local bands Amends and Night Terrors, who both brought their own brands of hardcore to the stage, warming up the small yet intimate crowd for the melee that lay ahead.
As the temperature outside reached upwards of ninety degrees, the poorly ventilated basement room began to feel like an oven and a battery of fans attempted to cool down the patrons, but instead just circulated waves of warm and even warmer air. With the heat affecting both the band and audience alike Hostage Calm made their way to the stage, with vocalist Chris Martin sporting a half-filled gallon jug of water, which would be empty before their set was finished.
After a quick sound check, the band contemplated leaving the stage before starting their set, but an eager Martin asked the audio technician if they could just start now and with that their whirlwind set began.
With a fan perilously hanging above his head Martin launched into “Brokenheartland,” bouncing around the stage and accenting every bass drum kick with a ferocious punch through the heavy and stagnant air. After “Brokenheartland” the band, having just played with Anti-Flag in celebration of their 20th anniversary, delivered a rousing rendition of “Olly Olly Oxen Free” off of their recent split with the Pittsburgh natives.
Less Than Jake have released a tour sampler for their upcoming summer run. Check out details below after the jump.
Less Than Jake Currently Recording 10th Full-Length
POZ Gallery: Skate And Surf Festival
Features: Fall Out Boy, LIGHTS, Transit, Miss May I, Mod Sun, T. Mills, Candy Hearts, Hostage Calm, Death Spells
Location: Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ
Photos By: Maysa Askar
Skate And Surf Festival is three days away, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ. We posted POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of Skate yesterday, and we’re back today with day two! Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!
POZ Skate And Surf Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts (Day 1)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, by Sydney Gore
I have already had the pleasure of watching this dynamic duo perform live, so from my own personal experience, I can assure that they know how to show a crowd a good time. There’s so much more to the Seattle based rapper and producer than meets the eye—the same men who made the catchy, lighthearted tracks like “Thrift Shop” and “And We Danced” also speak out about social issues, such as marriage equality, in “Same Love.” The Heist was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and since its release back in November, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have earned themselves quite a supportive following. Believe the hype, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dish out lyrical poetry that does not disappoint.
Glassjaw, by Jesse Richman
Elusive post-hardcore veterans Glassjaw tend to keep a low profile these days; it’s been over a decade since the band released their last LP (though they continue to quietly release the occasional EP), and nearly as long since they played anything approaching a full-time touring schedule. Not that the infrequency of their performances shows in their stage work — ask anyone who’s had the luck to catch them in the last few years, and they’ll gladly let you know that Daryl Palumbo remains as dynamic a frontman as ever. These veterans of the original Skate And Surfs may be fighting an uphill battle against a crowd primed for Macklemore and A Day To Remember and too young to remember the band’s glory years, but Glassjaw are nothing if not fighters. Hopefully the crowd will understand what a rare treat they’re getting when the band takes the stage.
Rx Bandits, by Erik van Rheenen
Ten years after releasing The Resignation,the Drive-Thru standouts are putting the kibosh on their one-year hiatus with a return to Jersey. Nearly four years removed from their stellar full-length Mandala, the progressive rockers will shake off the rust and be back to their old proggy tricks. The elusive veterans haven’t played North American shows in more than a year, and in a day packed with nostalgia, (Glassjaw and Saves The Day, for starters) Rx Bandits will rock the Skate And Surf stage like it’s 2009.
MOD SUN, by Sydney Gore
Selecting two hip-hop artists from the lineup was a happy coincidence, but MOD SUN is definitely one of my favorites. The hippy-hop artist is all about being happy, spreading posi vibes, and living life to the fullest— or the highest. I guarantee that you’ll leave his set with a huge smile on your face and a fresher perspective on life. Anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a fun atmosphere needs to let MOD SUN be their guide.
Saves The Day, by Erik van Rheenen
We the fans can be big complainers. “This band didn’t play all the songs I wanted to hear.” “Where’s that obscure B-side from 2005?” “You guys always play the same set.” So Saves The Day cut out the middleman and had fans vote on the setlist, so even if they don’t play “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven,” you at least had some say. A collection of fan favorites and deep cuts should be more than enough to pack the pit for Chris Conley and company — who knows? Maybe we’ll get a taste of some new tunes, too.
PropertyOfZack is very excited to be sponsoring the 2013 Songs Of The South Fest on July 20th and 21st in Greensboro, NC and are happy to reveal that the Secret Day Two Headliners will be The Front Bottoms and Daylight! This rollout also includes Born Without Bones, Still Rings True, Random Holiday, Times New Roman and Running On E! Check out an updated schedule below with the up-to-date lineup and all the info for this great fest! Stay tuned for a third announcement soon!
POZ Fest: Songs Of The South Fest 2013
The second day of Today’s Mixtape Festival was easily the most anticipated. The first and only day to sell out, the Day 2 bill was a dream come true for any pop-punk fan. With one of the spring’s most talked about tours, The Suppy Nation Tour, making a stop to join the lineup, it’s no wonder fans packed 89 North as soon as its doors opened. Chances are a fest so perfectly tailored to pop-punk won’t happen again anytime soon.
The show kicked off at noon with the local opener Last Great Hero, who played to a larger crowd than most of the earlier acts of the first day did. As Last Call and Heart to Heart played their way through energetic sets, it became obvious that this would be another day to remember.
No Good News took the stage with the words, “All of our best friends, all of our favorite bands, everyone’s here,” just before fans stormed the stage for a dance party. Some fans stage-dived repeatedly, while most just enjoyed staying as close to the band as they could. At the end of their set, the band made fun of one straggling fan who crawled across the stage.
A last minute change in set order proved that Day 2 was as much about friendship as it was about music. Forever Came Calling took the stage when The American Scene was set to, to give their friends more time to get to the venue after their van broke down. At this point in the day, the venue was already packed, and Forever Came Calling definitely didn’t suffer from a lesser crowd reaction because of their earlier set time. Their guitar-heavy set kept the party going, breezing through songs off Contender before wrapping things up with “Front Porch Sunrise.”
Following Forever Came Calling was one of the most undeniably talented and anticipated bands of the day, Pentimento. A short break from pop-punk, the crowd remained slightly calmer but just as interested in the flawless set Pentimento delivered. Defined by raw emotion, their set hit many tracks off their self-titled release, but one of the highlights remained an older track: “Walking Calmly In Your Wake.”
Separated by The American Scene, who played a relaxed, melodic set to an intent crowd, were hometown heroes Giants At Large and Bellwether. Both brought an incomparable energy to the room, building up to killer finales. Giants At Large lowered a mic into the crowd and let fans carry the vocals of their final song, while Bellwether’s fans didn’t give them a choice in the matter — the band was lost in a sea of 30 people onstage singing along to every last word. Grateful for being able to play despite their van troubles, The American Scene played an incredible set that would have been worthy of any later set time.
PropertyOfZack is very excited to be sponsoring the 2013 Songs Of The South Fest that will be taking place on July 20th and July 21st in Greensboro, NC. More band announcements will roll out over the next weeks as well as the reveal of the Secret Day Two Headliners! Check out all the details for location, lineup, and tickets below by clicking “Read More!”
Today’s Mixtape Festival will be taking place this weekend on Long Island, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you’re not too in tune to the festival already and can make it out, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts that will be gracing the stage this weekend at Mixtape. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re on Long Island this weekend as well!
Defeater, by Alyssa McKinley
On a steady rise since 2008, the Massachusetts natives of Defeater have achieved the level of recognition that they deserved after their 2011 release Empty Days and Sleepless Nights. Their intense blend of punk and hardcore is not only musically genius, but also stands for more than what much of the music of their contemporaries does. Driven by a remarkable amount of passion and complemented by equal amounts of talent, Defeater is even more impressive live than recorded. Their headlining performance during the first day is set to stun fans Friday night.
Modern Baseball, by Zack Zarrillo
Though I was not in attendance for The Front Bottoms’ set at Mixtape Fest in 2012, I’ve heard the stories. A band not too familiar with Long Island and a crowd with high hopes met towards the end of the night and sparks resulted that summed up a continuously growing band’s year. Modern Baseball seem to be in the same place this year, and Friday’s lineup at Mixtape is all but waiting for them to clean up. We expect big things.
Vinnie Caruana, by Alyssa McKinley
Returning to 89 North solo, Vinnie Caruana is sure to fill the venue with as much energy as he did with I Am The Avalanche a few months ago. This Long Island native never fails to deliver an unforgettable performance, but those shows that take place in his own home are always more incredible. With a new EP adding only more brilliance to his extensive and diverse catalogue, Caruana is one of the most authentically talented veterans of the Long Island scene. His acoustic set will be just as attention demanding as the full bands on the hardcore-heavy bill that Friday promises.
Citizen, by Zack Zarrillo
This is the last season Citizen is going to fly under anyone’s radar. We’ve been promoting the band on the site since 2010, when members of the band were just halfway through high school, but things are finally in full gear for the five-piece from Michigan. They’ve been taking everyone by surprise on the Suppy Nation Tour, and Long Island won’t be any different. Coming soon will be a full-length that should be nothing short of incredible and a run on the Vans Warped Tour, so get into this band now if you’ve yet to.
Hostage Calm, by Alyssa McKinley
After the October release of Please Remain Calm, it has been hard to ignore the well-deserved acclaim of Hostage Calm. The politically charged lyrics and raw musicality of this band are a refreshing reminder that punk is nowhere close to dead. With a live performance that is as true to their recorded sound as it gets, Hostage Calm’s Saturday performance is sure to garner the respect of anyone who hasn’t already fallen in love with them.
As most people have read by now, a situation erupted last night at a venue called Empire in Virginia when the promoter of The Wonder Years’ show, Tyler Greene, called Misser’s merch man a “faggot.” The situation was resolved by The Wonder Years’ merch and crew member, Floyd James. PropertyOfZack is happy to be bringing you a short interview with Floyd on what exactly occurred last night and his thoughts on our scene taking a stance against homophobia. You can read the interview and additional commentary on the night as a whole from Floyd below by clicking “Read More.”
Promoter Addresses Members Of TWY Tour Package As “Faggots”
A promoter named Tyler Green in Virginia at Empire apparently called multiple members of The Wonder Years bill tonight, including support, “faggots” and possibly other homophobic words. Check out tweets from multiple members on the tour below by clicking “Read More.”