Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Run for Cover Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Connecticut’s Hostage Calm made a name for themselves by way of reinvention, starting off as a genuine hardcore punk outfit on Lens before becoming an atypical pop punk act by their self-titled sophomore effort. 2012’s Please Remain Calm flashed glimpses of greatness, combining the borrowed ideology of The Clash with harmonies and melodies lifted straight from The Beach Boys. On Die On Stage, these punks continue blending ’60s bubblegum and distorted power chords into a sound they can call their own.
Die On Stage is definitely the album that confirms the path which Hostage Calm have set themselves on. They've tempered and toned down their sound record by record over the past couple years, tinkering along the way at Run For Cover. I noticed this since 2010. As skeptical as I was, I still enjoyed their body of work though and this album, while not their most definitive or most assured set, does feel like the skin they are most comfortable in and something has to be said for that.