Hostage Calm has broken up. It’s too soon, it’s too young, and it hurts too much.
All planned shows are canceled. We are still figuring out if and when there will be any final shows.
I want to personally thank every one of you who supported us over the years. You shared so much more with us than you’ll ever know. From our music to our politics, you helped make a bunch of Wallingford kids’ foolish dreams a reality. It was the great privilege of our young lives.
To all of you who’ve connected with us, who’ve grown with us, who’ve loved, changed, cried, lived with us - and to all of you who will yet - Just know that we loved what we did, and we could never have done it alone. “I’ve been a hero, and I’ve been a fool. And all of it for you.”
Just a photoshoot for the @fakewang fall line! http://ift.tt/ZjVT5r
Will @kbotonthedrums win the staring contest against dolphin box?!?!?!?!?!? Probably not. http://ift.tt/1rvsL7E
I just got my picture taken with @thestorysofarca’s merch guy!!!
The next winner of the #dieonstage2014 contest is @kpgl, making us feel homesick with a photo of our old Stomping Grounds, the Wallingford American Legion.
There are so many legendary entries, gonna post a couple more today and tomorrow to wrap it up. Thanks everyone! #johnsmithforever http://ift.tt/1nlHOzT
Denver, CO at The Marquis. Photo by: Merne Judson III #dieonstage #hostagecalm #runforcover http://ift.tt/103dVcU
Our next winner of the #dieonstage2014 contest is @fortheinsurance. What more really needs to be said. He went full-legend.
Contest still underway. More winners announced tmrw. All you need is a pic of you with the album and the audacity to go full-legend. http://ift.tt/1xkab4K
Hell yeah this is sick!
I had three hours to kill. I made a tiny patch.
by Erik van Rheenen
2012 was an impossibly important year for coming-of-age punk records, unstuck in time with bleeding-heart nostalgia and grappling with how to grow up, fall in love, and survive in a world where youth is fragile and the world is broken. With On the Impossible Past, the Menzingers captured those youthful insecurities and fractured lost loves through a star-spangled lens, one that both loved and felt disillusioned growing up as an American — direct references to Lions Clubs and American muscle cars and the Paupack Cliffs instilled a sense of place, tethering On the Impossible Past to a nostalgic, purely American aesthetic.
On the flip side, Hostage Calm wrote the bright-eyed Please Remain Calm, a record that sprawled both in place (“From the jungles, to the deserts, to the trenches’ reddened snow”) and in sound (few of the band’s punk contemporaries could pull off the doo-wop tinged “Patriot” with the same panache, or the sweeping “The M Word” with the same sincerity). If Please Remain Calm and On the Impossible Past were punk rock bildungsromans, 2014’s Rented World and Die on Stage dissect the same troubled world through more mature eyes. And even if Die on Stage narrows the globetrotting scope of Please Remain Calm, the effort still marks Hostage Calm’s tautest songwriting to date.
There’s nothing quite as singularly daring or genre-bending as “Patriot” or “The M Word” during Die on Stage’s half-hour runtime, but Hostage Calm still makes nods to the throwback ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll-tinged moments that splashed Please Remain Calm with vibrant shades of energy. If it wasn’t for Chris Martin’s punkish vocals and a rambunctiously upbeat tempo, “Fallen Angel” might have charted on the Billboard Charts of yesteryear, and the chorus-fakeout-to-guitar-solo that highlights album opener “When You Know” is a brilliant moment for Tom Chiari.
Doing an AMA with the @citizentheband boys tonight. Talking anything HC/Ciz/RFC, let’s get wild http://ift.tt/ZHoQsN
Doing an AMA on Reddit tonight with the Cizzy boys. Talking anything HC/Ciz/RFC related. No parents, no rules.
Thank you to everyone who has checked out #dieonstage so far! http://ift.tt/1rtKvzt
Ok, our next winner of the #dieonstage2014 contest is @andyxnewton. We’d like to send our condolences to Andy’s family who lost their beloved son to a tragic Hostage Calm overdose. Hey, at least you get a one-of-a-kind alternate Die on Stage album cover out of it.
We’ll be posting more contest winners today, tonight and tomorrow. You can still submit pictures and we will consider them for the final winners. CONTEST DETAILS: All you need to do is take the most unique photo of you with Die on Stage and use the hashtag #dieonstage2014. Winners will get an alternative cover and some shit from us on the road. All daily winners will be entered to win a test press of Die on Stage. Feel free to submit a picture, but only if you’re gonna go str8 legend w/it because folks are upping the ante. #hostagecalm #dieonstage http://ift.tt/1uTtPCb