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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Hostage Calm ‘Die On Stage’ Album Details 
Citizen Welcome You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, Praise, True Love To Tour 

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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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Hostage Calm Release “Your Head / Your Heart” Music Video From ‘Die On Stage’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

Die On Stage. Are you ready to? Hostage Calm are back with a new album that will come out on September 16th via Run For Cover. Watch a new music video for “Your Head / Your Heart” here via AVC or below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated Albums For Rest Of 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 9, 2014

We’re halfway through 2014, and PropertyOfZack is happy to be posting a new Discussion on our Most Anticipated Albums For Rest Of 2014. Feel free to reblog this with your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2014 and check out our list below! 

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Brand New - TBA
We don’t think Brand New is releasing an album in 2014. We hope we are wrong. If we are wrong, this is the entire’s website Most Anticipated Album for the rest of 2014. - Zack Zarrillo

Modest Mouse - TBA
It’s been seven years since Modest Mouse has released an album. Seven. Whole. Years. Frontman Isaac Brock named his record label Glacial Pace because that’s what the band seems to be moving at with this new record. However, with somewhat their extensive touring schedule and rumors of a 2014 release date, it seems like it may finally be time for the band to put forth what they’ve been working on all this time. Once it hits shelves, I won’t need any other records – 2014 will be complete for me. If not, I’ll just have to accept that I might die waiting. - Marie Scarsella

Hostage Calm - TBA
Where has Hostage Calm been? After their million-day tour with Saves the Day and Into It. Over It last fall, the Connecticut gentlemen all but vanished, surfacing only to sparingly play a few stray off-days and college shows. Rumor has it that a new record’s in the works, and really, it can’t come any sooner - 2012’s brilliant Please Remain Calm was remarkably innovative and emotionally reflexive, offering pop-teased sensibilities against punk music without all the bombastic bro-downs that are so characteristic of what we consider pop-punk to be these days. Given that Hostage has a habit of creating records that are leagues apart from one another in sound and influence, from melodic hardcore to sun-soaked melodies that stretch for days, it’s really “anything goes” when trying to predict what the next one will bring. Salsa-dance 80’s emo? Electronica-grunge doo-wop? Whatever the fuck “trickmetal” is? One thing’s for sure - it’s at least going to come bearing the title of “legend.” - Adrienne Fisher

Yellowcard - TBA
It’s no secret that Yellowcard spent the spring hard at work on a new album. Heck, they even live-streamed the whole recording process (sans sound, of course). This next one will be Yellowcard’s seventh studio album, and their first since leaving Hopeless for Razor & Tie. It’ll also be the first without Longineu Parsons heading up the percussion section - drums were recorded courtesy of Anberlin’s Nate Young this time around.

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POZ Presents: Be Part Of Something - 42 Bands, 12 Months

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 30, 2013

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Each year those behind PropertyOfZack get the chance to work with and befriend new and incredible people in our every growing music scene. Last year we teamed up with Team Pagano and Still Alive to honor just a few of the many great bands we work with, and we’re continuing the tradition this year with Be Part Of Something Part II, and Glamour Kills are joining us for the fun.

Volume II is available for free download now and boasts 42 tracks both new and previously released featuring bands like The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Fireworks, Misser, With The Punches, and so, so many more. 

Stream and download Be Part Of Something below! 

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Record Selection With Tim Casey (Hostage Calm)

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 28, 2013

Run For Cover Records is continuing its new Record Selection video feature with Tim Casey of Hostage Calm. Watch the next episode with Casey below after the jump. 

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Saves The Day, Hostage Calm Frontmen Cover The Smiths

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 18, 2013

Chris Conley of Saves The Day and Chris Martin of Hostage Calm recently recorded a cover of The Smiths’ “Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now.” Enjoy the cover below after the jump.

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POZ Show Review: Saves The Day, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm (09/21/13)

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 27, 2013

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by Erik van Rheenen

No influx of local openers blaring blink-182 cover songs to a there-but-barely-there crowd. No overcrowded bill where something like six different bands vie for shorter and shorter set times. Just three bands, — possibly the bands doing the most in their own respective sounds — a no-barriers, cozy stage-to-audience distance, and a rain-battered crowd armed with all the lyrics and a desire to crowd-surf when given the chance. 

There’s no scientific formula for the perfect concert atmosphere, but had scientific progress made rapid developments in the field, the result might’ve looked something like Saturday night’s Lost Horizon concert slate of Connecticut throwback punkers Hostage Calm, Chicago songwriting wunderkind Evan Weiss and his backing band, and linchpin emo-turned-alt-rock band Saves the Day. 

“Throwback punkers” is a term I use very, very loosely in the case of Hostage Calm — when lead singer Chris “Cmar” Martin opened the show with a softly-strummed acoustic introduction to “The ‘M’ Word,” the band had more in common with, say, The Beach Boys than The Ramones. At least that was until the rest of the band kicked in, giving the achingly nostalgic Please Remain Calm cut a blisteringly fast makeover.

Despite mic stand woes plaguing the set — Martin carried the darn thing around the stage, though it came in handy for mic passes and sing-along moments — the band soldiered on through mostly Please Remain Calm tracks, busting out “Brokenheartland” to “Woke Up Next to a Body” and “On Both Eyes” in a torrid clip of hooks and taut harmonies. After a rowdy-if-not-quite-raucous set Saturday night, I’m torn between wanting to catch them in concert again in the near future and crossing my fingers they return to the studio soon. If their barnstorming “Olly Olly Oxen Free” (which made for some stellar call-and-response sing-alongs) isn’t enough to get fans excited for a Please Remain Calm follow-up, I’m not sure what will.

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RFC CMJ Showcase: Tigers Jaw, Pity Sex, Hostage Calm, Modern Baseball, Young Statues, More

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 24, 2013

Run For Cover Records’ CMJ Showcase is going to be a fun time this year. It’s taking place on October 19th at Santos Party House in New York City and will be with Tigers Jaw, Pity Sex, Hostage Calm, Modern Baseball, Young Statues, and more. Check out all the details below after the jump.

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POZ Contest: Saves The Day Tour - 9/22 The Hoxton

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2013

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PropertyOfZack is stoked to be teaming up The Hoxton in Toronto, CA to give away a pair of tickets to see Saves The DayInto It. Over It., and Hostage Calm. The contest will end on September 21st, so find out how to enter below!

To win tickets to STD in CA you must do each of the following things:

POZ Inside: Run For Cover - Band Tales

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 27, 2013

So far, PropertyOfZack has brought you two Inside segments on your favorite label, Run For Cover Records. Both pieces have focused on commentary from the label in both an oral history and an introduction to its employees and their personalities. Our third piece, Band Tales, is a little different.

What makes Run For Cover so great (first and foremost) are the bands that have been making great music on the label for so many years now, so we have a Perspective on the story of how Fireworks, Tigers Jaw, This Is Hell, Citizen, and others first got caught up in the great web that Run For Cover is still spinning for music culture.

Be sure to check out RFC’s oral history here, the personality videos here, and Band Tales below!

RFC Inside:
Part One: An Oral History  
Part Two:  Personality

It’s a universally accepted fact among Run For Cover bands — current and alumni alike — that everyone’s got a Jeff Casazza story to tell. 

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Some are sentimental. Every June, Casazza flies out to Michigan to hang out at a lake house with the band Fireworks, in memory of their first tour. According to Kyle O’Neil, that tour sucked. “It was like a week long and three or four shows fell through,” he reminisces. “But we really got to know Jeff.”

The tour may have faltered, but Fireworks and Casazza still have tons of reason to celebrate the release of We Are Everywhere seven years later. Both the band and the label founder were still learning the ropes when Casazza got in touch with the band — short on prospects, and with only two demo-quality songs online. “We were very young, and we hadn’t grown into our sound yet. And he was just a kid like us. Now we’ve grown as people,” O’Neil laughs. “But deep down we’re still the same fuck ups we were then.” 

That EP was one of the first releases where Run For Cover splurged on the recording — something like $4,000. When the band met at their then-drummer’s house for practice, they called a rushed meeting about Casazza’s investment. “It was the first thing he had to invest in, and it forced Jeff to take the label seriously,” O’Neil says. “And it forced us to take being a band seriously.” 

Fireworks wound up going over budget in the studio, and O’Neil remembers that each member of the band had to cover $100 out of their own pockets. “Except Dave,” he’s quick to add. “Jeff had to cover for Dave, and Dave still hasn’t paid him back to this day. We still joke about it.”

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Some defy reality. The details still elude Tigers Jaw’s Ben Walsh, but when the band was on tour in the United Kingdom, Casazza missed a flight to Ireland due to plane ticket woes, and “somehow spent the day living it up with the daughter of some prominent Duke.” A second yarn Walsh spins about Casazza: “Jeff may or may not have sat on an entire pizza. I can’t confirm or deny this story.”

Those Casazza pseudo-urban legends from someone Walsh considers “one of my favorite people to hang out with” — despite his insistence on watching Dew Tour and Rammstein music videos — are a long shot from 2008, when the running joke was that “Jeff didn’t like us because our initial interactions were brief,” Walsh says. “But he was really just preoccupied with sorting things out with Title Fight.”

When the band signed to RFC, Walsh says they were “more friends than clients.” While Tiger’s Jaw was recording Two Worlds, he saw friends’ bands — signed to other record labels – asked to slash songs from albums. Those other labels were “trying to dictate how their vocals ‘should sound,’ or making them work with a specific producer.” Not so for Tigers Jaw.

The trust forged between Run For Cover and Tigers Jaw quashed all constraints on the band, freeing them to write any kind of music they wanted to write. “I don’t even think Jeff made us send him demos before we actually started recording,” Walsh says. “It was incredibly liberating to create the music we wanted to create without any sort of pressure or requirements.”

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