Dad shorts. Taco bell. Pizza. Skateboards. JAIL.
“Please Remain Calm” is the punk album of the Great Recession. The Connecticut five-piece has crafted an album that captures the defeat, the heartache — what it feels like to be young in the American Decline. Following up 2010′s critically acclaimed self-titled LP, “Please Remain Calm” combines elements of Springsteen-esque heartland rock with the band’s signature blend of 60s pop melody, 70s punk energy and 80s new wave panache.
Hostage Calm begin “Please Remain Calm” with weaving counter-melodic guitars and bass, stitched together with anthemic choruses. Openers ‘On Both Eyes’, ‘Don’t Die On Me Now’ and ‘Brokenheartland’ take the listener through all of the band’s signature stylings, setting the mood as the album reveals greater depth and dynamism. A slower, more intimate version of the band’s classic ‘The “M” Word’ features an orchestral arrangement, complete with strings, brass, keys and concert percussion. Immediately following this, the band delivers perhaps its most avant-guarde arrangement, ‘Patriot’; a full a cappella ode to a lost love affair with America. What opens as a very electrifying, hit-driven album fully descends into some of the band’s most intricate and moving work to date.
But “Please Remain Calm” is more than Hostage Calm’s opus: it’s their manifesto. Like how “London Calling” captured the gray and grinding Britain of 1979, this album calls to mind the hopeless college student moving back in with her parents, the bank boarding up the house next door, and the impossibility of love in a time where nothing moves forward. Pushing musical boundaries at every turn, “Please Remain Calm” never loses its feeling of timelessness.
There are two showtimes for this show. 8/1030pm
Ticket link for 8pm show: http://brianposehn8.eventbrite.com
Ticket link for 1030pm show: http://brianposehn1030.eventbrite.com
Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn has most recently been seen on Comedy Central’s popular show, “The Sarah Silverman Program” and on tour as one of the original members of the “Comedians of Comedy”.
Besides writing and performing on HBO’s acclaimed “Mr. Show”, he has appeared in sitcoms such as “Just Shoot Me”, “Seinfeld”, “NewsRadio”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, and “Friends”.
Brian has also appeared in several movies, including Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, “Sex Drive” and “Surfs Up”.
In 2006 he released his first graphic novel, “The Last Christmas”, and a comedy album: “Live in Nerd Rage”.
His music video for “Metal By Numbers” has been viewed over two million times on You Tube and My Space.
He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and was a crowd favorite at the recent Bob Saget Roast on Comedy Central.
In 2008 he headlined the comedy stages at the popular music festivals, Download, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. He also played a man with a prolapsed rectum on “Californication”.
In 2009 Brian wrote an episode of “The Sarah Silverman Program” and wrote the story for a “Metalocalypse’ episode. He also made an appearance in the Judd Apatow film “Funny People”. He also directed a video for the hilarious hair metal band, Steel Panther.
In 2010 he continues to tour, is releasing a new album called “Fart and Wiener Jokes” and a new video for “More Metal Than You”, and was recently featured on the Golden Gods Awards performing his new song with his all-star metal band. Posehn is currently working on a new comic book (“Science Projects”).