* COOZER PICK *
Brilliant power pop with a prog-emo/post-hardcore approach to songwriting and structure. It’s like someone took jangly guitar pop and injected it with super math rock serum, turning it into a finely tuned melodic-punk pop monster. Or maybe this is just what a good emo-pop band should sound like. (I never heard a good one before…)
Hostage Calm is striking with its top-notch, precision musicianship (the percussion work will knock you on your ass), bright hooks, solid vocals/lyrics, and fully realized sound. This band is bridging a number of styles in a way that is very pleasing both aesthetically and technically. Impressive, sirs.
Bottom Line: Smart, intricate pop.