Hostage Calm

"Please Remain Calm" Album Release Party

Hostage Calm

Make Do and Mend performing 'Bodies of Water', Captain We're Sinking, Dagwood

Sat, December 15, 2012

7:00 pm

The Space

Hamden, CT

$10.00

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This event is all ages

Hostage Calm
Hostage Calm
"Please Remain Calm" is the punk album of the Great Recession. The Connecticut five-piece has crafted an album that captures the defeat, the heartache -- what it feels like to be young in the American Decline. Following up 2010's critically acclaimed self-titled LP, "Please Remain Calm" combines elements of Springsteen-esque heartland rock with the band's signature blend of 60s pop melody, 70s punk energy and 80s new wave panache.

Hostage Calm begin "Please Remain Calm" with weaving counter-melodic guitars and bass, stitched together with anthemic choruses. Openers 'On Both Eyes', 'Don't Die On Me Now' and 'Brokenheartland' take the listener through all of the band's signature stylings, setting the mood as the album reveals greater depth and dynamism. A slower, more intimate version of the band's classic 'The "M" Word' features an orchestral arrangement, complete with strings, brass, keys and concert percussion. Immediately following this, the band delivers perhaps its most avant-guarde arrangement, 'Patriot'; a full a cappella ode to a lost love affair with America. What opens as a very electrifying, hit-driven album fully descends into some of the band's most intricate and moving work to date.

But "Please Remain Calm" is more than Hostage Calm's opus: it's their manifesto. Like how "London Calling" captured the gray and grinding Britain of 1979, this album calls to mind the hopeless college student moving back in with her parents, the bank boarding up the house next door, and the impossibility of love in a time where nothing moves forward. Pushing musical boundaries at every turn, "Please Remain Calm" never loses its feeling of timelessness.
Make Do and Mend performing 'Bodies of Water'
Make Do and Mend performing 'Bodies of Water'
Adamantly earnest and unwaveringly driven, New England's Make Do and Mend has spent the past four years gaining footholds and garnering attention in every corner of today's music landscape. Building off the steam of two previous E.P. releases, a widely acclaimed split 7" with Los Angeles' Touche Amore, and years of relentless touring, the four piece raised the bar for melodic post-hardcore with the 2010 release of their debut LP "End Measured Mile." The follow up to their well-received EPs We're All Just Living and Bodies Of Water, End Measured Mile finds Make Do And Mend building on their gruff brand of punk rock, blending passion and intensity with melody and sincerity. Heralded as one of the best punk records of the year, End Measured Mile has been racking in critical praise, with Alternative Press commenting, "Frontman James Carroll, bearing a gruff bark... guides the band through catchy, texturally dynamic romps," while the band's hometown paper the Hartford Courant says the album "is a collection of volatile songs stuffed full of serrated power chords, battering ram drums and leathery bellowing from singer James Carroll... The mood on End Measured Mile rarely feels less than life-or-death intense."A driving cohesive accomplishment from band that has earned a solid following through rigorous touring and an honest approach to their music and fans, End Measured Mile has only just begun to turn heads. Out of all of the fan fare,Punknews sums it up best: "Simply put,(End Measured Mile is) the most impressive debut full-length of the year."2011 will see MDAM continuing to tour full force, sharing a passionate and unyielding live show, honed in sweaty basements, and proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that hard work and passion are far from dead in music today.
Captain We're Sinking
Captain, We're Sinking is a punk band from Scranton, PA, featuring guitarist/vocalists Bobby Barnett and Leo Vergnetti, bass player Zach "Rug Nasty", and drummer Bill "Squid" Oreander (their combined force results in what is known as "Rhythm Section" that is said to be absolutely unstoppable. Wake ass Dj's and conrny sounding MC's alike should proceed with caution and should under no circumstances get theses dudes started).

With one stellar album and one unbelievably brilliant-but-heartbreaking EP under their collective belt, CWS has played the Fest in Gainesville, FL twice now, and undertaken a few small tours, generally around the northeast. They are expected to release a new album sometime in late 2010/early 2011, and a split 7" with the band Timeshares is due soon as well. It should be noted that Bobby Barnett is in fact the brother of Greg Barnett, of Scranton's latest explosive export, The Menzingers. Bobby also doesn't like Cheese Wiz on his cheesteaks. What a freak.
Dagwood
Dagwood is a punk band from Cheshire, CT that formed at the end of 2010 by members of Fire First and Heavy Breath. The following spring saw the release of a three song demo, and in the Fall of 2011 Dagwood self-released their first record, Paradise. The band has recorded two episodes of the Mindplow podcast and released a short DVD alongside their record. Digital copies of Paradise are available as a "Pay what you want" download on their bandcamp.
Venue Information:
The Space
295 Treadwell St.
Building H
Hamden, CT, 06514-4140
http://www.thespacect.com/