This latest song from Hostage Calm’s upcoming album, “Die On Stage” (out 9/16 on Run For over Records), has me even more excited to hear the album in full and to see them on tour with Citizen and You Blew It! in October. They’ve clearly pushed their power pop/rock approach even further, and the spirited, anthemic, but still sort of gritty sound on this new track, “A Thousand Miles Away From Here,” recalls older post-hardcore stylings, rock anthems from earlier eras, and maybe even a hint of Britpop.
Citizen are about to go on tour with You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, True Love, and Praise, and they just debuted a new single, “Silo,” that will be released as a tour-only 7″. It will be limited to 500 copies, with the full band version on the a-side and a stripped down version on the b-side. It sounds even more raw and gritty than the material on their 2013 LP “Youth,” and calls to mind “The Devil and God…”-era Brand New.
If you like the intersection of grunge and post-hardcore, or if you’re a fan of bands like Brand New and Balance and Composure, this one will be right up your alley. Stream “Silo” courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan and purchase it for $1 on the Run For Cover Records Bandcamp page.
Citizen frontman Mat Kerekes just released a self-titled solo EP through Synergy Records. It has a sparse, folky, emotive sound that’s quite a departure from his work with Citizen. The songs “Forgiveness” and “Reach” are infused with subtle string arrangements that make this short piece of work sound even sweeter. If you like lyrically driven, bare bones acoustic music, with earnest, unpolished vocals, you’ll definitely appreciate this EP.
Stream “Forgiveness” below and purchase the EP through iTunes