Hostage Life

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Hostage Life
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Punk rock
Years active 2002–2009
Labels Underground Operations
Members Colin Lichti
Hai Vu
Patrick Mathers
Shamus Mathers
Paul Miller
Past members Eric Gaudet
Adam Smith
John Elksnitis

Hostage Life was a Canadian punk band from Toronto. Formed in 2002, Hostage Life released its first EP, Sing for the Enemy on Toronto's independent punk rock label, Underground Operations, home to such bands as Closet Monster and Protest The Hero. The band's second album on the same label, titled Walking Papers, received significant positive criticism from Canadian publications, and the first single, "This Song Was Written By A Committee" achieved widespread radio-play on Toronto's own pre-eminent alternative music radio station, CFNY. Lead singer Colin Lichti was the frontman for Brampton, Ontario band Marylin's Vitamins. Most recently, they played at the SCENE Music Festival in St. Catharines, Ontario (a festival which was host to bands such as Alexisonfire, City And Colour, and The Salads, among others), as well as Toronto's Wakestock 2006, with the likes of Social Code, Boys Night Out, No Use for a Name and Sloan.[1] They played their last show on November 20, 2009 at Sneaky Dee's.


The band is composed of:

  • Colin Lichti: vocals
  • Hai Vu: Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Patrick Mathers: Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Shamus Mathers:Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Paul Miller: drums, Backing Vocals

Former members:

  • Eric Gaudet: Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Adam Smith: Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • John Elksnitis: Guitar, Backing Vocals


Studio albums[edit]

  • Sing for the Enemy (2004)
  • Walking Papers (2006)
  • White Jesus 7inch (2008)
  • Centre of the Universe (2009)


Year Song Album
2006 This Song Was Written By A Committee Walking Papers
2007 Sons of Hostage Life Walking Papers
2007 Securing My Seat Walking Papers


Year Song Album
2007 Securing My Seat The Sounds of Struggle!(EF Records)


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