Hostage Calm

Hostage Calm

Displaying an in-depth understanding of Silent Majority, Turning Point and Quicksand, Hostage Calm's well- received 2008 debut, Lens, was a comprehensive lesson in what punk and hardcore should sound like. Jagged-yet- infectious melodies effortlessly merged with beefy power chords and politically charged battle cries while fiery anthems formed amidst uncommon song structures. With that creative momentum and the positive response from fans and critics alike, the band took a year to write and a year to record its Self-Titled follow-up for Boston's Run for Cover Records. It's safe to say that the quintet's knack for composing intelligent, passionate tunes is matched only by that of its musical ambition. While Hostage Calm continues to hint at those Dag Nasty arpeggios and the skipping Descendents-esque beats, these new songs are pushed in unclassifiable directions, cradled by lush layers of jangling acoustic guitars, quick tambourine hits and resonating piano accompaniments. Sonically, a good point of reference starts at The Smith's The Queen Is Dead, with its blending of styles into one cohesive and all encompassing indie / pop album. Hostage Calm never compromises its energy, but touches lightly on everything from doo wop ( "Rebel Fatigues" ) and new wave ( "Ballots / Stones" ) to Latin ( "Wither On The Vine" ) and power pop ( "War On A Feeling" ). Vocalist Chris Martin's suave melodies are chosen with the utmost care; they have a particularly relaxed quality that reveals a less excessive rendition of the 1980's. And while he's just about as political as ever, he doesn't hesitate to delve into more personal narratives, yet spares us of any cringe-worthy melodramatics. Don't be intimidated - "pop" isn't a four-letter word. In context with the substance-less drivel that excretes from the radio waves these days, it's sometimes easy to forget. But Hostage Calm executes an infectious effort with actual lyrical and musical purpose. Truly a singular effort, there's a bit of something for every notch in the music-fan spectrum. Still, Hostage Calm never completely strays from the scene responsible for its inception. If you like music - regardless of genre - you should be paying attention. - Michael French Hostage Calm's Self-Titled full-length was recorded and produced by Greg Thomas at Silver Bullet Studios (Ambitions, Shai Hulud, Life In Your Way) in Burlington, CT and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. Run For Cover will be releasing the record on July 20th, 2010 on 12" vinyl ( 300 black, 200 clear / blue ), CD and digital formats. For more info go to

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Carly Comando and Tom Patterson are two people who carry the weight of an entire band. Their set-up is simple: Carly is on keys and Tom plays drums. They do things with these instruments that most bands can't do with a standard set up: they cram the sonic space they are in. Originally this was actually the case as they began as a three-piece featuring Jeff Cunningham and Latterman's Pat Schramm. But narrowing it down to a duo in 2006 did no harm; Carly's keyboard seems to take on the role of several more people as it adds multiple dimensions to their sound.
2008's Their Dreams are Dead, but Ours is the Golden Ghost was a seminal release for their entry onto the scene. With Carly from Long Island and Tom from the Lehigh Valley (PA), their home-turfs both came with built-in popular support as they romped the DIY all-ages show circuit. In it, they blew away audiences with their at-times more sober lines like "I'm gonna love you till the day I die" juxtaposed with moments of their swelling pop sound. When Tom isn't screenprinting (he does everything from gig posters to commercial ventures to fine art) and Carly isn't music licensing, they are refining their highly-anticipated album, Dark Hearts, set to come out this year.

True to youth til death. This is the sound of going to your old neighborhood and blazing your own trail through the woods to realize this is much easier than you might have suspected -- you are taller than all these bushes, and the prickers are not nearly as threatening. Someone you knew in high school is texting you to see if you want to hang out. You give them a tentative yes although you're anxious things might not be the same. Later on you realize, they are the same...but that kind of sucks. NONA is anti-apathy, always looking back and sick of being told what to live for. This is what you get after being asked too many times by former peers "so what are you doing with yourself these days"? Various 90s alt-rock heartthrobs (Corgan, Cobain, duh) may have had something to do with it, too. But you'll probably hear more Kid Dynamite than anything else. Or maybe not. I don't know. Follow your heart. NONA is a punk band from West Chester, PA.

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