Hostage Calm - Hostage Calm
Record Label: Run For Cover
Release Date: July 20, 2010
A five-piece out of Connecticut, Hostage Calm have been dumbfounding everyone who lays an ear on them for the past couple years. After taking a long break to write and record their proper Run For Cover debut, the band has been turning heads every place they go with their unqiue blend of punk, power-pop, indie and orchestral music. A cresendo of symphonic breeze followed up by a barrage of gang-vocalled hummingbirds, Hostage Calm is an act you better be aware of - or you must be going deaf.
How is it?
At first, upon listening to the entire album, you don't quite know what to make of it. It seems to zig-zag its way in and out of different genres, while never losing focus. There's never a point where you question the intent or seem befuddled - it all makes sense, albeit in a perplexing fashion. Hostage Calm are ambitious yet maintain a valiant & indepedent spirit. From the Latin rhythms of "Wither on the Vine" to the epic pop hook in "War on a Feeling," this isn't where you're bound to come across some run of the mill indie or punk band.
No, Hostage Calm are reaching out to an entirely different star in another orbit. "Reble Fatigues" salutes '50's style doowop/Motown while other tracks call out to modern-day punk and even shine their light on new wave. Every member does their part, and as one of the highlights, no one stands out. Hostage Calm is a bit of an anomaly, seeing that they sort take the Latterman approach by refraining from shining the spotlight on one singular vocalist. They develop a sound that unifies and ties the entire group together, rather than disignate the mic stand to one core dude.
It's certainly the definition of a mixed bag, but damned if you can't reach in and bring something out you're not gonna fall in love with.