Hostage Calm: Please Remain Calm review (and tour dates)

By on October 7, 2012

Hostage Calm’s self-titled spent many months in my ears since its release, and I know my coworker is going to be annoyed when Please Remain Calm remains on repeat at work until their next release. This album already proves it has that sort of staying power. Though I haven’t managed to stop listening to it since it reached my inbox I still can’t tell you if the album is more punk or pop or any other number of genres we like to label albums by. 

The opening duo “On Both Eyes” and “Don’t Die On Me Now” show the band’s catchier side, while the thundering rhythm sections that make “Brokenheartland” and “Woke Up Next To A Body” so powerful are slightly more punk. The first half of the album shows the sort of growth you’d expect from this band. In fact, “Impossible!” sounds like it could have been ripped from the self-titled sessions.

Once the second half of the album starts up is where all the unexpected and exciting moments start crawling in. A reworked version of “The ‘M’ Word” makes its way into the mix with strings, horns and a piano, while “May Love Prevail” has a bit of a swing/ragtime feel. “Patriot” is Hostage Calm’s spin on a 60’s pop song – and they kill it. The first two and a half minutes are a cappella with a lone tambourine before an acoustic guitar begins the build up. This gamble of a song is easily one of the stand outs on a fantastic album. 

“Closing Remarks” brings the energy level back up before the closing “One Last Salute” turns on the blender and throws in all of the previously touched on genres and blends them into one smooth five and a half minute track. 

There’s so much I could say about the themes on this album, but as I’m already trying to keep this at “easy reading” length I highly recommend you read this here if you want to delve into the album a bit deeper.

You can stream Please Remain Calm here:


Track Listing:

1. On Both Eyes
2. Don’t Die On Me Now
3. Brokenheartland
4. Woke Up Next To a Body
5. Impossible!
6. May Love Prevail
7. The “M” Word
8. Patriot
9. Closing Remarks
10. One Last Salute

Hostage Calm live: 

with Into It. Over It. and Make Do And Mend

10/17 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian
10/19 New York City, NY @ Santos Party House
10/20 Boston, MA @ Middle East
10/21 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
10/22 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
10/23 Richmond, VA @ The Camel
10/24 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
10/25 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
10/26 Gainesville, FL @ Fest 11
10/27 Gainesville, FL @ Fest 11
10/28 Gainesville, FL @ Fest 11
10/29 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl 9
10/30 Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
10/31 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

with Streetlight Manifesto

11/13 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11/14 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
11/15 Boise, ID (HC Only)
11/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
11/17 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/18 Omaha, NE (HC Only)
11/19 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
11/20 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
11/21 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s 
11/23 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/24 Boston, MA @ Royale
11/25 New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
11/26 Baltimore, MD (HC Only)
11/27 Nashville, TN @ Exit In
11/29 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/30 Midland, TX @ Pine Box (HC Only)
12/01 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
12/02 Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theatre
12/04 San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan Theatre
12/06 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
12/07 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

Review By Alisha Kirby – HHM