To Die On Stage By Your Side

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

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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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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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