Hostage Calm

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Hostage Calm
Origin Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
Genres Punk rock, melodic hardcore, heartland rock, power pop, indie rock, emo
Years active 2007–2014
Labels Run For Cover Records, Headcount Records, Redscroll Records
Associated acts Make Do and Mend, Anti-Flag, With Honor, At All Costs, Jettison, My Heart To Joy
Past members Tom Chiari
Tim Casey
Chris Martin
Nick Balzano
Keith Sidorowicz
Chris Paecht
Brett Pieper
Fred Graves
John Ross

Hostage Calm was an American punk rock band from Wallingford, Connecticut, United States, formed in 2007. Hostage Calm released two extended plays, four full-length albums, and a split with punk band Anti-Flag. The band announced their breakup on October 8, 2014.


2007-2011: Demo, Lens and Hostage Calm[edit]

Hostage Calm debuted in the summer of 2007 following the release of a Demo 7” on Headcount Records. Their first full-length, Lens, was originally released in 2008 on Redscroll Records. In 2010, the band signed to Run for Cover Records and received national attention for their second full-length, Hostage Calm. The self-titled album was critically well-received, and widely praised for its ground-breaking, unique, angular sound. Hostage Calm displayed a marked musical and lyrical growth, incorporating elements of world music, Latin rhythms, power pop, post-hardcore, post-punk and other genres not typically associated with punk.

A vocal advocate for LGBT equality, the band gave away its self-titled album for free in exchange of signing an online petition email to Senators opposing marriage equality in the eventually successful 2011 New York Senate vote. The record also featured the protest song, Ballots/Stones, which assailed the ongoing ban on same-sex marriage in much of America.[1] Hostage Calm has played numerous LGBT benefits, charity releases, and continues to distribute its iconic “I Support Same-Sex Marriage” shirt.[2][3] In 2011, guitarist Tom Chiari was hired as label manager of Run For Cover Records.[4]

2012-2013: Please Remain Calm[edit]

In 2012, the band released its seminal Please Remain Calm, to wide critical acclaim. Hailed as “generation-defining” and “the punk album of the Great Recession,” Please Remain Calm presents an emotional reflection on the social upheaval of the American recession. Caroline Vallejo (Alter the Press) describes Please Remain Calm as “the accumulation of everything Hostage Calm can do better than anyone else today…they’ve become a voice for their fans and taken back the purpose of American hardcore that so many bands have forgotten.” [5] Drew Beringer (AbsolutePunk) praised the album as “the most honest, genuine, and important record you'll hear all year.” Musically, Please Remain Calm pushed the boundaries of modern punk by fusing orchestral and a cappella arrangements with the pop sensibility and punk edge of their prior material. The record was live-tracked in Baltimore, MD, where it was co-produced by indie producer, J. Robbins and Hostage Calm.[2]

Hostage Calm has toured the world extensively with such acts as Anti-Flag, Saves the Day, The Wonder Years, Streetlight Manifesto, Balance and Composure, Rival Schools and the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

2014: Die On Stage and Disbandment[edit]

On July 22, 2014 the band announced their new album, "Die On Stage," would be released on September 16, 2014, and released a music video for the single, "Your Head/Your Heart."[6] The record was produced by Will Yip of Studio 4.[7] On October 7, 2014 it was announced that Hostage Calm had dropped off the remaining dates of their tour with Citizen.[8] On October 8, 2014 Hostage Calm announced that they had broken up. All subsequent shows were cancelled and any final shows are still to be determined. [8]


Final Members:

  • Tom Chiari - Lead Guitar (2007–2014)
  • Tim Casey - Bass, Vocals (2007–2014)
  • Chris "Cmar" Martin - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Piano (2007–2014)
  • Nick Balzano - Guitar, Backing Vocals (2010–2014)
  • Keith "K. Bot" Sidorowicz - Drums (2013–2014)

Past Members:

  • Chris Paecht - Guitar (2008-2010)
  • Brett Pieper - Drums (2007-2010)
  • Fred Graves - Drums (2010-2011)
  • John Ross - Drums (2011-2013)

Touring Members:

  • Alan Huck - Drums (2010)
  • Daniel Fang - Drums (2011)
  • Chris Mala - Drums (2011; 2013)
  • Joe Longobardi - Drums (2013)


Studio Albums[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]


  • War On A Feeling / Donna Lee (Run For Cover Records, 2011)

Live Albums[edit]

  • Hostage Calm: Audiotree Live (Audiotree, 2012)


  • Hostage Calm UK Sampler (Run For Cover Records, 2010)
  • All Of Hostage Calm (Ice Grills Records, 2011)
  • Tonight, They Won't Take Me Alive (Self-Released, 2013)

Appearances On Compilations[edit]

  • Enough Is Enough: Volume 3 (Woodland Records, 2010) - "Ballots/Stones"
  • 2010 Spring Sampler (Run For Cover Records, 2010) - "Jerry Rumspringer"
  • Nervous Energies: Best Of Volume 1 (Nervous Energies, 2011) - "The 'M' Word"
  • Mixed Signals (Run For Cover Records, 2011) - "The 'M' Word"
  • Fuck Off All Nerds: A Benefit Compilation in Memory of Mitch Dubey (Topshelf Records, 2011) - "Ballots/Stones" & "A Mistrust Earned"
  • 2011 Winter Sampler (Run For Cover Records, 2011) - "Young Professionals"
  • Nervous Energies: Best Of Volume 2 (Nervous Energies, 2012) - "The 'M' Word"
  • CT Sucks Compilation (Driftwood Records, 2012) - "Lacuna (Where Certainty Sleeps)"
  • Warped Tour 2012 Tour Compilation (SideOneDummy, 2012) - "The 'M' Word"
  • Topshelf Records 2012 Sampler (Topshelf Records, 2012) - "Brokenheartland"
  • Run For Cover Records Summer Sampler 2012 (Run For Cover Records, 2012) - "The 'M' Word"
  • Topshelf Records 2013 Sampler (Topshelf Records, 2013) - "Olly Olly Oxen Free"
  • Less Than Jake/Hostage Calm/Pentimento Tour Sampler (Fat Wreck Chords, 2013) - "Don't Die On Me Now"
  • 2013 Summer Sampler (Run For Cover Records, 2013) - "Woke Up Next To A Body"
  • The Heart Attack Tour Sampler (Lost Tape Collective, 2014) - "Your Head/Your Heart", "Woke Up Next To A Body" & "The 'M' Word"


  • Rebel Fatigues (2010)[2]
  • Your Head/Your Heart (2014)[9]
  • A Thousand Miles Away From Here (2014) [10]


  1. ^ Hostage Calm. "Join Us In The Fight To Legalize Gay Marriage and Get Our Record For FREE". Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b c Yancey, Bryne. "H20, Hostage Calm To Play Marriage Equality Rally In New Jersey". Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  3. ^ Hostage Calm "Ballots/Stones" Shirt
  4. ^ Run For Cover Records Info
  5. ^ Vallejo, Carolyn. "ATP! Album Review: Hostage Calm – Please Remain Calm". Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  6. ^ Anthony, David. "Watch the video for "Your Head / Your Heart," the first song from Hostage Calm’s new album". Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  7. ^ Yip, Will. "Will Yip Instagram Pic". willyipmusic. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  8. ^ a b Zarillo,Zack. "Hostage Calm Drop Off Remaining Dates Of Citizen Tour". PropertyofZack. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  9. ^ Your Head/Your Heart Music Video
  10. ^ A Thousand Miles Away From Here Music Video

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