Check Out Hostage Calm’s Recent Audio Tree Session; Band On Tour with The Wonder Years This Spring

By on December 20, 2012

Punk rock activists 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.


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 Americaare 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 5-


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


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 5-

Upcoming Hostage Calm Dates:

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

Feb 07          The Sinclair  Cambridge, MA      

          Mar 08         Stone Pony  Asbury Park, NJ     

          Mar 09         The MetCafé Pawtucket,RI         w/ The Wonder Years       

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

          Mar 12         The BasementColumbus,OH       w/ The Wonder Years

          Mar 13        IrvingTheater        Indianapolis, IN     

          Mar 14         The Pyramid SchemeGrand Rapids,MI   w/ The Wonder Years      

Mar 15         Turner Hall Ballroom        Milwaukee, WI       

          Mar 16         Fitz Spare Key        Elmhurst, IL 

          Mar 18         The AquariumFargo,ND    w/ The Wonder Years

          Mar 19         Sokol UndergroundOmaha,NE    w/ The Wonder Years

          Mar 20         The Firebird St Louis,MO

          Mar 21         Downtown Music HallLittle Rock,AR     w/ The Wonder Years

          Mar 22         Zydeco        Birmingham,AL     

          Mar 23         The Roc Bar at Brewster’s Jacksonville,FL      

          Mar 25         The SoapboxWilmington,NC     

          Mar 27         EmpireWest Springfield, VA        w/ The Wonder Years

          Mar 29         The Harmony Grange       Wilmington,DE


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.