Hostage Calm, True Love, Luke Schwartz | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Hostage Calm, True Love, Luke Schwartz 

When: Wed., March 4, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $14, $12 in advance
Connecticut five-piece Hostage Calm seemed to have everything the masses could possibly want in a young punk band—but something always felt off. They could produce stirring, life-affirming hooks, yet too often those precious moments were delivered with an undercutting limpness. The band made concerted efforts to meld doo-wop, grunge, and twee with straightforward, amicable punk—think harsher than your average Warped Tour pop-punk outfit, but lighter than most basement-dwelling bands. Still, their experiments were more interesting in concept than execution—Hostage Calm had the potential to make unimpeachable anthems, but instead of setting off world-class pyrotechnic displays they did the equivalent of stringing together bottle rockets bought off the highway in Wisconsin. Their songs are colorful and dynamic and forever just missing that extra charge. Last year’s Die on Stage (Run for Cover) glows with the sparks of near brilliant tracks like “Fallen Angel” and “12/31,” which both make me wonder what could have been. After seven years together, Hostage Calm broke up in October; they’re in the midst of a five-date farewell tour, and tonight is their second-to-last performance. —Leor Galil



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