Equality has and will always be an important issue for our band and equality for the LGBT community has become one of the foremost civil rights struggles of our time. We chose the William Way LGBT Community Center because of its enduring commitment to provide Philadelphia’s LGBT community with a ‘sacred space’. The center serves not only as a physical place, but also as an entry point for social, cultural and educational programs and events.
"It’s just you and me, fighting for love’ symbolizes the struggle to find love and the struggle to express it in a place where the right to love is under attack."
If you haven’t seen Tuesdays with Tay yet, it’s a weekly video series where the Run For Cover staff (including HC’s very own Tom Chiari) answer questions that are sent in to the RFC tumblr. This week Tom talks about getting banned from Universal Studios and talks about how cool Pity Sex is. Subscribe to the RFC YouTube for updates!
Today, Run For Cover announced the upcoming split between Anti-Flag and Hostage Calm, and everyone is rightfully excited. I was lucky enough to get to be involved with it, and here are some pieces of the final product, as well as progress shots and rejected ideas. Find out more about the record itself here: http://runforcoverrecords.com/blog/
Yo! We’re beyond stoked to announce that we’re doing a split 7” with Anti-Flag via Run For Cover Records and A-F Records. You can pre-order now on the Run For Cover Webstore! (http://is.gd/NN1J2y) Check out the press release thing below -
Hostage Calm and Anti-Flag Announce Split 7”, Launch Pre-Orders
Hostage Calm and Anti-Flag have announced a new split 7” on Run For Cover Records and recently relaunched A-F Records. The split features one new song from each band pressed on three beautiful combinations of red, white and blue splatter with an etched b-side. Proceeds from record sales will go to benefit two charities based in each band’s hometown. The record is due out February 26 and is available for pre-order now from Run For Cover’s webstore: http://is.gd/NN1J2y
In 2012 Anti-Flag conquered Europe with Hostage Calm among festival dates with Rancid and the Bouncing Souls, and also released their latest full length “The General Strike”. This year marks 20 years of Anti-Flag; to celebrate their anniversary the band will be playing a string of west coast tour dates in March. Hostage Calm are coming off their critically acclaimed “Please Remain Calm” released in October 2012, which was heralded as “a near masterpiece,” an “essential album of 2012” and a “9.5 out of 10” by AbsolutePunk.
"Hostage Calm are one of the most important new bands we have had the pleasure to meet in years," said Chris #2 of Anti-Flag. "Their tireless efforts to continue the aesthetic of equality in the punk rock scene are to be applauded. While sonically our avenues may be different, the ideals and the agendas of each band are intrinsically similar."
"We’re honored to be working with Anti-Flag on this musical and community project," said Chris ‘Cmar’ Martin of Hostage Calm. "AF was a big reason a lot of us originally got into punk, politics and community activism in the first place. Their insistence on making social justice and political action a centerpiece of the punk scene continues to inspire us. For them to give a new band like us a platform like this speaks to their genuine interest in building the scene and bringing new ideas to the table."
The bands chose to benefit these two organizations:
Assemble is an open physical space in an urban neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Their goal is “to unite artists, technologists, and makers with our neighbors of all demographics as well as provide a platform for experiential learning, opening creative processes and building confidence through making.”
Music Haven is New Haven-based string quartet focused on building “a vibrant urban community through performance and music education that empowers young people, their families, and professional musicians.”
Both bands will be on tour this March supporting the split release and their recent full-lengths.
Anti-Flag “20 Year Anniversary”
3/16 House Of Blues Las Vegas, NV w/Pennywise
3/17 Tempe Beach Park Tempe, AZ w/Flogging Molly
3/18 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
3/19 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
3/20 Metro Operahouse Oakland, CA
3/21 Metro Operahouse Oakland, CA
3/22 House of Blues San Diego, CA w/Pennywise
3/23 House Of Blues San Diego, CA w/Pennywise
Hostage Calm w/The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Misser
3/8 - The Stony Pony Asbury, Park, NJ
3/9 - The Met Cafe Pawtucket, RI
3/10 - Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
3/12 - The Basement Columbus, OH
3/13 - The Irving Theater Indianapolis, IN
3/14 - The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
3/15 - Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
3/16 - Fitz’ Spare Keys Elmhurt, IL
3/18 - The Aquarium Fargo, ND
3/19 - Sokol Underground Omaha, NE
3/20 - Firebird St. Louis, MO
3/21 - Downtown Music Hall Little Rock, AR
3/22 - Zydeco Birmingham, AL
3/23 - Roc Bar Jacksonville, FL
3/25 - The Soapbox Laundrolounge Wilmington, NC
3/26 - Kingdom Richmond, VA
3/27 - Empire West Springfield, VA
3/29 - Harmony Grange Wilmington, DE
Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a longtime supporter of Hostage Calm and marriage equality was fired from his job at the Nashville music venue, Rocketown, for wearing his “I Support Same-Sex Marriage” shirt to work. A friend from Nashville contacted me about the situation and told me of Wes Breedwell, this seven-year employee of Rocketown who now finds himself the victim of discrimination. We called this brave man to hear his story, demonstrate our support, and figure out how we can help.
What I heard from him was a long pattern of discrimination against him for not being Christian and for supporting marriage equality. Rocketown is a Christian-owned non-profit community center and venue: not a church. And yet, over the seven years he has worked there, he’s been denied opportunities for advancement and salary based on his non-Christian beliefs. Today, Rocketown fired him for wearing this shirt commemorating equality (along with his non-Christian activity on social media pages). Wes emphasized that employees routinely wear band shirts at Rocketown. So why did this shirt cause such a problem?
It’s important to note that they didn’t fire him for wearing A SHIRT. They fired him because of what that shirt stands for. For what that shirt threatens.
This shirt represents an idea that all people have the right to live their lives without being told who to love and whose love is more valuable. It represents equality under the law. It represents the freedom to choose.
So how could a youth center not support such a vital, foundational understanding of human freedom and equality as part of their social mission? Hostage Calm has played Rocketown multiple times. In my prior visits, I was under the impression that Rocketown was a positive force in this Nashville community: they had a music venue, skatepark, and other outlets for Nashville youth. But a youth center and music venue cannot be a positive force in the community if it degrades and belittles the value of some of our people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That is the force that tears communities apart, not that enriches them.
I originally planned to make a post today about Dr. King, the status of his Dream, and how we can all work together to realize equality in modern America. This unfortunate event demonstrates that Dr. King’s Dream is still under threat, and that the struggle of the LGBT community for equal standing under the law is a Civil Rights issue of our time.
Hostage Calm promises to do everything in its power to raise awareness and challenge this injustice in Nashville. We will certainly never play Rocketown again. We’ll continue to post more information as Wes and H.C. take further action. For now, you can help by reposting his story to shine a light on this injustice, and by boycotting the venue. Most of all, please send all your support to Wes Breedwell and his fight for justice.
We met up with Nick Balzano of Connecticut’s Hostage Calm after their show this weekend at 89 North Music Venue. Check out the video for footage from the show and some awesome insight on Hostage Calm’s recording process, their hometown music scene, and Nick’s favorite releases of 2012
We extremely proud to be a part of an incredible weekend of shows benefitting those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting.
Feb 8th New London, CT: Misery Signals, Life In Your Way, Make Do And Mend, Corelia, The World Is…
Feb 9th Wallingford, CT: With Honor, My Heart To Joy, Us, Call It Arson, Ovlov
Check out the event pages, get tickets and donate! Also, this beautiful poster was designed by Adam Vass - www.adamxvass.com. It will be available as a screen print in limited quantities signed by Vass and for sale at both shows. All proceeds go to benefit Sandy Hook.