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Hostage Life

Walking Papers

September 2nd, 2007 · post by Edd · Make a comment

Record label: Household Name Records

Hostage life - Walking papersWe’ll get it out of the way quickly: this is my album of 2007 without question. Last year I gave their first album, ‘Sing for the enemy’, a fairly ambivalent review. Lil or Household Name said I’d missed the point of the record. How right he was! Still it took me two months to get round to putting their new record, ‘Walking Papers’, in the CD player. It has only rarely been outside it since then. Formed in 2002 Hostage Life play a raw, emotionally visceral brand of punk rock. They’ve taken the nihilism and frustration of everyday life and mixed it up with influences from the likes of Propagandhi, The Clash, and Strike Anywhere. Their latest album is as near perfect as any album I’ve ever heard. There are sing alongs, catchy guitar hooks, cynicism, political insight and humour.

The band’s first song, ‘We will make you crawl’, acts as a statement explaining how, ‘I don’t give a fuck if you dance to this’. Except they surely know there’s no way not to dance, and sing, to a song this infectious. And from there you can’t stop this juggernaut of a record. ‘Sons of Hostage Life’ perfectly dissects working life, ‘This Song Was written by a committee’ shows the banality and ridiculousness of most of the music industry, whilst ‘…Cola commercial’ cuts through the bullshit inherent to consumerism and capitalism. And that’s just the first four songs!

It’s hard to adequately describe an album this good in words so in the the words of the band, ‘Stop reading and just listen to the fucking songs.’

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