Please Remain Calm is the punk album of the Great Recession. While much of modern punk music remains eerily silent, this Connecticut five-piece has crafted an album that captures the defeat, the fur, the stagnation of what it feels like to be young in the American Decline. Following their critically acclaimed 2010 self-titled LP, Please Remain Calm combines elements of Springsteen-esque heartland rock with the bands signature blend of 60s pop melody, 70s punk energy an 80s new wave panache.
Hostage Calm begin Please Remain Calm with pulsing punk beats and weaving countermelodic guitars and bass, all stitched together with anthemic choruses with unforgettable melodies. Openers Shiners, Don’t Die On Me Now and Broken Heartland take the listener through all of the bands signature stylings, paving the way and setting the mood for the rest of the album. The record also features a slower, more intimate version of the bands classic The M Word with an orchestral arrangement featuring violin, cello, trumpet and keys. Another standout, Patriot is a two minute a musical boundaries at every turn while still managing to succinctly capture the feelings in everyone’s hearts and the words on the tip of everyone’s tongues.