Check Out Hostage Calm’s Recent Audio Tree Session

Check Out Hostage Calm’s Recent Audio Tree Session


Hostage Calm’s ‘Please Remain Calm’ is the punk album of the Great Recession. The Connecticut five-piece has crafted an album that captures the defeat, the heartache–what it feels like to be young in the American Decline. Following up 2010′s critically acclaimed self-titled LP, Please Remain Calm combines elements of Springsteen-esque heartland rock with the band’s signature blend of 60s pop melody, 70s punk energy and 80s new wave panache. Guess that’s why WithGuitars are pleased to bring you this Audio Tree session below, where you will find the bands upcoming tour dates.

Hostage Calm begin Please Remain Calm with weaving counter-melodic guitars and bass, stitched together with anthemic choruses. Openers ‘Shiners’, ‘Don’t Die On Me Now’ and‘Broken heartland’ take the listener through all of the band’s signature stylings, setting the mood as the album reveals greater depth and dynamism. A slower, more intimate version of the band’s classic ‘The“M” Word‘ features an orchestral arrangement, complete with strings, brass, keys and concert percussion. Immediately following this, the band delivers perhaps its most avant-garde arrangement, ‘Patriot’; a full a canella ode to a lost love affair with America. What opens as a very electrifying, hit-driven album fully descends into some of the band’s most intricate and moving work to date.


Hostage Calm recently filmed a session with Chicago’s Audio Tree which can now be viewed here:



Set List:

1 Brokenheartland

2 Woke Up Next To A Body

3 On Both Eyes

4 The “M” Word

5 War On A Feeling

6 Don’t Die On Me Now


The band will be on tour with The Wonder Years this spring.



Upcoming Hostage Calm Dates:

Jan 06 89North Patchogue, NY w/ I Am The Avalanche

Feb 07 The SinclairCambridge, MA

Mar 08 Stone PonyAsbury Park, NJ

Mar 09 The MetCafé Pawtucket,RIw/ The Wonder Years

Mar 10 Upstate Concert HallCliftonPark, NY w/ The Wonder Years

Mar 12 The BasementColumbus,OHw/ The Wonder Years

Mar 13IrvingTheaterIndianapolis, IN

Mar 14 The Pyramid SchemeGrand Rapids,MIw/ The Wonder Years

Mar 15 Turner Hall BallroomMilwaukee, WI

Mar 16 Fitz Spare KeyElmhurst, IL

Mar 18 The AquariumFargo,NDw/ The Wonder Years

Mar 19 Sokol UndergroundOmaha,NEw/ The Wonder Years

Mar 20 The FirebirdSt Louis,MO

Mar 21 Downtown Music HallLittle Rock,ARw/ The Wonder Years

Mar 22 ZydecoBirmingham,AL

Mar 23 The Roc Bar at Brewster’sJacksonville,FL

Mar 25 The SoapboxWilmington,NC

Mar 27 EmpireWest Springfield, VA w/ The Wonder Years

Mar 29 The Harmony GrangeWilmington,DE

What others are saying about Hostage Calm’s Please Remain Calm (produced by J. Robbins):



“…an ambitious new direction for the band.”- Filter


“…takes the classic power-pop swagger of acts like Ted Leo and Elvis Costello and similarly touches it up with occasional punk aggression and the more restrained, deliberate craft of ’50s pop nuances. Playful melodies and harmonies abound…the Beach Boys-esque “Patriot” is a bona fide—and almost completely a cappella—hit. The styles and songs on Please Remain Calm do seem to span a half-century of pop, punk and rock songwriting; it’s clearly ambitious and varied…. one hell of an evolutionary stage to bear witness.” 4 out of 5- Alternative Press


“This is one of the best records of the year without a doubt, and the best part is it’s for so many different reasons. First and foremost: you will not hear a record like Please Remain Calm this year. Plain and simple, it’s one of a kind. Please Remain Calm hits you in the face with some of the most beautiful harmonies It’s the kind of record you just put on in your car, drive, and get lost in it. Please Remain Calm is a record that is a beautiful portrait of what it is to be a young adult in a post-war society. But more specifically, Hostage Calm has created one of the best albums of 2012. And that is a fact.”

10 out of


“…generation-defining… the accumulation of everything Hostage Calm can do better than anyone else today. They’ve maintained their trademark, but created a new, retrospective vision of their sound. They’ve embellished the sophistication of their musicianship without pretentiousness. And most importantly, they’ve become a voice for their fans and taken back the purpose of American hardcore that so many bands have forgotten.”

5 out of 5-


“Heartache, disappointment, and the struggle of growing up and fighting for your rights in today’s America are all captured on Please Remain Calm. It’s required listening… the most honest, genuine, and important record you’ll hear all year…there is nothing else like this album out there – the album has a distinct voice that cannot be replicated. Only three albums have knocked me on my ass this year – this is the fourth. Hostage Calm’s mixture of punk with 60’s pop and the new wave movement of the 80’s have crafted a near-masterpiece, making Please Remain Calm one of the absolute essential albums of 2012.”-


“Hostage Calm stand apart with their new record not just for the way it sounds and the progression they’ve taken, but because it’s some of the cleanest and honest storytelling since The Wonder Years’ Suburbia and its homage to The Weakerthans’ Reconstruction Site before that.”-


“…a record about the irreducible, impossible arithmetic of mystification, pervasive anxiety, and relentless stimulation of American life in 2012.”-


“If you haven’t heard about Hostage Calm until now, you better get used to hearing the name. 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. Hostage Calm are arguably the boldest songwriters in punk today. Simply put, Hostage Calm have surpassed expectations and released their strongest album to date. Please Remain Calm is just one of those albums you have to hear to believe.” 4/12 out of


“This masterpiece is one of the best releases of 2012, maybe even this decade.” 10 out of


Please Remain Calm stands as an anthem for a lost generation. In a time of questions and heartache, the band rises to the occasion to capture the story of the youth in a dwindling nation. Working with producer J. Robbins (Against Me!, The Promise Ring) has helped the band reach a new level with layers of harmonies and a full, intricate sound spanning influence across decades. This year has been particularly groundbreaking music-wise and Hostage Calm have risen up the ranks and released a strong candidate for many listeners’ album of the year.”

5 out of

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