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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Young Statues Announce New Album ‘The Flatlands Are Your Friend’

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 11, 2014

Young Statues will be releasing The Flatlands Are Your Friend on October 21st via Run For Cover Records. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump. 

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Pity Sex Premiere “Acid Reflex” From Adventures Split

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 11, 2014

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Pity Sex are releasing a split with Adventures on October 7th via Run For Cover Records. Stream “Acid Reflex” here via Wondering Sound or below.

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Basement Surface With Studio Footage, Hidden Track

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 11, 2014

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A video of Basement in a studio has been surfaced from the Further Sky session with the hidden track that appears after “Animal Nitrate” on the 7” itself. Watch the video 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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Run For Cover Records Back To School Sale

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 19, 2014

Run For Cover Records are holding a back to school sale. Check out details below after the jump.

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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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Citizen Stream New Single “Silo”

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 12, 2014

Citizen are releasing a tour only 7” for a single called “Silo.” Stream the song here via BV or below after the jump.

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by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 11, 2014

Citizen are releasing a tour only 7” for a single “Silo.” Check out the artwork below after the jump.

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by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 4, 2014

Run For Cover Records has announced the signing of Little Big League. Read a message from the label below after the jump.

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POZ Gallery

Aug 3, 2014

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Modern Baseball, Petal Members Cover DCFC’s “The New Year”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 31, 2014

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Jake from Modern Baseball and Kiley from Petal recently covered Death Cab For Cutie's “The New Year” in a new Space Jam Session. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Basement Stream ‘Further Sky’ EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2014

Basement will be releasing Further Sky on July 29th via Run For Cover Records. Stream the full EP here via BV or below after the jump.

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Label Drop: Run For Cover Records

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2014

Soundsupply has released their next drop, which contains ten albums for the insane price of $15 from Run For Cover Records. There are also CD and LP options. Check out all details below after the jump.

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PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 7, 2014

More and more albums seem to be coming out every year that we love here at PropertyOfZack, which is why we thought it would be a great idea to post a Midway Albums Of The Year List today on the site. The list includes our top ten albums and EPs through this point in the year voted on by POZ team members. So without further adieu, the PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List can be seen below!

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