Hostage Calm has entered the studio to record their new full-length ‘Please Remain Calm’ with producer J. Robbins. The album is due out this fall on Run For Cover Records. The band had this to say about recording with Robbins:
We wanted to bring out the emotion, the longing, the desperation in this record. We wanted to reach for something. J. Robbins recorded some of our favorite compelling and evocative contemporary records.
He came out to a show in DC, and we spoke for a bit. We immediately felt a great connection, and were drawn to his ethic and approach. We’ve been underway with J. for a week now and are so happy with the decision.
Vocalist Cmar released this statement on the record:
I was waiting on a train that was never going to leave. 5 am in Baltimore Penn.
The sullen train car sank into the tracks. Wrinkled newspapers finally gave in to the sleeping passengers’ laps. The seats creaked as the anxious teens and twenty-somethings wrestled with what was to come. The rumor was the track went out of service.
Everyone was tired of “the economy.” No one knew who won the wars. Or how they were ever supposed to be won. Whoever still had the energy was arguing over whether America was stagnating or in decline.
My Mom had lost her job and gone without work for a year; she was losing the house. Three other houses on my street were left abandoned. I had graduated school and was scraping by on odd jobs. It seemed like myself and everyone I knew were going through this monumental standstill, this endless waiting.
I got to thinking that there’s a song across every corner of this wounded place that maybe everybody knew, but no one’s singing. And it was then at 5am in Baltimore Penn that punk music needed to tell the story of the great recession. Not the politics, not the sloganeering, but how it feels to be young in the American decline.
To commemorate the one year anniversary since Hostage Calm released their self-titled Run For Cover Records full-length and celebrate the past year, the band will play their self-titled album in its entirety, complete with additional backing instrumentalists to replicate every element of the record. Pianos, acoustic guitars, percussionists. The show takes place Saturday, September 24, at The Space in Hamden, CT.
Coinciding with the album’s anniversary, the digital version of the record will be available for only $4.99 on iTunes from now until the show on September 24th. Run For Cover has also pressed a limited run of 150 clear LPs packaged with a silk-screened record cover available only from the band at the show or by purchasing an advanced ticket at hostagecalm.bigcartel.com.
Hostage Calm will be supporting Rival Schools on tour in October. The trek begins October 14th in Philadelphia and wraps up October 28th in Teaneck, NJ. Select dates will also feature Tigers Jaw and Balance & Composure. The Wallingford, Connecticut punk band’s latest self-titled sophomore release is out now on Run For Cover Records.
Rival Schools with Hostage Calm
10/14/2011 | Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/Tigers Jaw
10/15/2011 | Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/Tigers Jaw
10/16/2011 | Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/Balance & Composure
10/17/2011 | Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter w/Balance & Composure
10/18/2011 | Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club w/Balance & Composure
10/19/2011 | Nashville, TN @ Exit In w/Balance & Composure
10/20/2011 | Columbus, OH @ The Basement w/Balance & Composure
10/21/2011 | Chicago, IL @ Schubas
10/22/2011 | Detroit, MI @ Small’s
10/23/2011 | Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
10/24/2011 | Allston, MA @ Great Scott
10/25/2011 | Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Cafe w/Balance & Composure
10/26/2011 | Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft at the Chance w/Balance & Composure
10/27/2011 | Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/Balance & Composure
10/28/2011 | Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live w/Balance & Composure
Hostage Calm and Alternative Press have teamed up to support the ongoing battle nationwide over same-sex marriages. Setting their joint focus on the upcoming New York state vote to determine whether same sex partners can legally get married, the band is offering their full length self-titled album on Run For Cover Records for free to anyone who visits www.altpress.com/hostage_calm_equality and submits the pre written e-mail below to NY Senators that are on the fence with the topic.
The band says in a joint statement:
The New York assembly passed the Bill by the margin of 80-63, and Gov. Cuomo has promised to sign it. BUT, there is one thing that stands in the way: the NY state Senate is ONE vote short of passing the bill. Multiple senators have publicly reversed their positions from “no” to “maybe,” and we think the tide is turning. Let’s work together in pressuring our representatives to do the right thing. IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND. Our hope is to drive the maximum amount of people in the punk/independent music community to stand up for their rights and the rights of their fellow humans in supporting New York’s Marriage Equality Act.
Here’s how it works:
Go to http://www.altpress.com/hostage_calm_equality/
Fill in your name and E-mail address
Click “Submit Form” and the letter urging for the state of NY’s support for same-sex couples will be sent to Senators Greg Ball, James Alesi and Roy McDonald
You will be redirected to a free download of Hostage Calm’s Self-Titled Album
Hostage Calm is also selling this shirt (www.allinmerch.com/product/HCSAMESEX.html) where $1 from each sale will go to the Equality Maryland charity that is working to get same sex marriage legalized in the state.