Hostage Calm
Please Remain Calm


4.5
superb

Review

by Bryan Edwin USER (7 Reviews)
October 5th, 2012 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Punk is changing. Enter Hostage Calm.

If you haven’t heard about Hostage Calm until now, you better get used to hearing the name.

The Connecticut-based quintet is often misattributed the labels of “hardcore” and “punk”, likely because of the underground scene in which they have been involved for so long – touring with the likes of Make Do and Mend, Cheap Girls, and Streetlight Manifesto. Seems like a bit of a stretch, but Hostage Calm have absolutely no problem blurring the genre boundaries that both define and confine our perception of “punk”.

Their self-titled, released in 2010, was met with positive reviews but the band failed to garner a much-deserved reputation. Hostage Calm saw the band skillfully weaving through a vast array of genres including pop, Latin, post-hardcore, and straight-up punk anthems. It was hard to resist the charm and grooviness that infected songs like “Ballots/Stones” and “Wither on the Vine”. Hostage Calm was both a blessing and a curse for the band; not unlike “Post-59-Sound Syndrome”, fans wondered if the band was capable of following up such a musically and artistically bold endeavor.

Please Remain Calm builds on everything the band did right on their self-titled – technical complexity, atypical song structures, big riffs, catchy-as-hell melodies, instrumental experimentation, and all the energy you could want out of a modern punk band. This time, however, the band has really stepped up their game on all fronts. “Woke Up Next to a Body” contains what might be the hugest chorus they’ve ever written. “Impossible!” and “May Love Prevail” are irresistibly cheeky and see the band reaching further and further out of their comfort zone – yet never sound even a tad uncomfortable. “The M Word” is perhaps the band’s biggest departure, a slow ballad built on a beautifully arranged string section that functions as the album’s climax. “Patriot” contains carefully orchestrated vocal harmonies that serve as yet another testament to the band’s incredible musicianship.

Hostage Calm are arguably the boldest songwriters in punk today. If the band didn’t already prove that on their self-titled, Please Remain Calm certainly cements their place at the top. Simply put, Hostage Calm have surpassed expectations and released their strongest album to date. Sure, some of the lyrics are a bit cheesy (see “The M Word”) and Chris’ vocal delivery is at times a bit goofy, but the songwriting across the board is impeccable. Hostage Calm continue to expand their horizons and push the musical envelope. And with The Gaslight Album fading out of our hearts and onto the radio, The Menzingers might just step aside and let Hostage Calm crawl into our hearts in that little spot we all have for “most exciting up-and-coming band” in punk. Please Remain Calm is just one of those albums you have to hear to believe.



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brocoy
October 4th 2012


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The list of contenders for punk album of the year continues to grow. Move aside, Failed States.

Satellite
October 5th 2012


20826 Comments


band rules. i'll definitely give this a spin.

the new menzingers = my punk aoty

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2012


3494 Comments


Nice review, pos. I've gotta check this one out.

Naridax
October 5th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really liked their S/T, but I thought that the first few songs they released off this album were
boring. Hopefully, Ill like the rest of it.

Naridax
October 5th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, running through it right now. Shit sounds pretty good.

LifeAsAChipmunk
October 5th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haven't heard yet

downxbeat
October 5th 2012


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First listen through and I was pretty bored. Hopefully it'll grow on me.

Naridax
October 6th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is really good.

who does guest vocals on "woke up next to a body"?

brocoy
October 6th 2012


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's Greg Moran from Baby Grand. Apparently he also co-wrote the song.

http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?p=113755562

Definitely one of the most memorable songs on the album.

Pndi
October 7th 2012


465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

S/T was one great record, hopefully it'll live up to it.

Naridax
October 7th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I WOKE UP NEXT TO A BOD-AAAAYYY-AAAYYYYY!!!

ALucidReality
October 8th 2012


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gotta agree with Naridax. Overall, the entire thing was just okay. Good review though, but the self-titled wasn't their debut.

brocoy
October 9th 2012


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the note. I am aware that the S/T was their second, don't know what I was typing at the time, haha.

Naridax
October 9th 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Don't Die On Me Now" and "Woke Up Next To A Body" are really good.

pmmets07
October 14th 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice concise review. such a cool album, my only complaint would be that it doesn't flow as well as lens or the s/t.

Pndi
October 20th 2012


465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's much poppier than S/T but i can't get enough of it.

pmmets07
November 2nd 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is growing on me like none other

Cygnatti
November 2nd 2012


21898 Comments


duh, band rules

Digging: Chansey - Natural Cure

pmmets07
November 3rd 2012


5914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

between loneliness and some broken love, i'd choose NONE OF THE ABOOOOVE

Pndi
November 6th 2012


465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

on both eyes is one of the best openers i've heard this year



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