Published Nov 28, 20109. Hostage Calm (Run for Cover)
It's rare that a band are able to completely reinvent themselves while still retaining elements of their earlier sound, especially within the rigid genre restrictions of melodic hardcore. What truly blows minds about this self-titled sophomore effort is the way it transitions perfectly from Dag Nasty verses into Beach Boys choruses and a smooth Morrissey coda. Hostage Calm is the honest sound of a young band hearing new music and incorporating it into their own songs without compromising or trend-hopping. If more punk bands could incorporate outside genres like this without compartmentalizing them into individual songs or side projects, Mike Watt would be a really proud dude.