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5 Questions with Hostage Calm

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Posted April 19, 2011 by Megan Rondeau


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Today’s 5 Questions blog comes from Connecticut based punk band Hostage Calm. Part of the Run For Cover Records family, Hostage Calm draws comparison to The Clash and Punchline, with inklings of early Saves the Day thrown in the mix. Heartfelt and infectious, Hostage Calm is quickly making a name for themselves in today’s reawakened pop punk scene. Check out our interview with vocalist Chris Martin, and enter the contest below for your chance to win Hostage Calm CDs and merch!

1. What prompted you to become vegetarian/vegan? Were there any bands, books, etc. that influenced your opinions on animal rights?

Growing up in the punk rock and hardcore scenes, I was definitely exposed to it a lot. Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, The First Step, With Honor—these bands got me thinking about what I ate and why the implications of my diet mattered. I had a lot of friends who were vegetarian and vegan, and there was always literature at shows. I had also started to learn about the environmental consequences of meat production as I delved into the issue of climate change. All these things started to add up for me. Our bass player Tim and I hung out on the fourth of July about six years ago, and we made a pact that day that we would stop eating meat, and we never looked back. I’ve been vegetarian ever since. He’s vegan now. All of Hostage Calm is vegan/vegetarian. I think all of us learned about it through punk music.

2. What are some of your favorite vegan foods? Any awesome hometown restaurants we should know about?

I love any vegan pizza with Daiya vegan cheese. Nice Slice in Providence, RI is great. The Rebellion in Denver, CO is another good one. As for hometown restaurants here in Baltimore, I really like to eat at One World Café or the Yabba Pot.

3. Of all the major animal rights issues are there any issues that are particularly close to your heart?

The environmental effects of meat production, definitely. The way this industry operates affects every living thing on our planet. It wastes so much life and so much energy, and has such dire implications for our future on earth. The Methane and N2O (Nitrous Oxide) that come from the raising of animals for food are two of the biggest contributors to climate change. We are wasting so much on something so unnecessary and brutal. We kill primarily just to feed and fatten the animals we want to later kill for consumption. It’s distorting our natural equilibrium here on Earth, be it in our climate or our ecosystems.

4. If a fan were to approach you with questions about how to get involved with animal rights, what advice would you give him or her?

The first thing I would say is that you should think about your diet and how to use it to improve animal welfare. You can have such a tremendous impact on the animal kingdom just through making minor changes in what they eat, and teaching their families and friends about vegetarianism/veganism. Be the change you want to see, and lead by example. Secondly, I would say to pay attention to those around you and what they have done. Try to learn from them. Use your knowledge and your talents to help educate those around you. For instance, if you’re a good cook or baker, you could make vegan foods and serve them at parties where people aren’t vegan. I think that using a talent like that to expose people to this lifestyle is a perfect way to get started.

5. What does Hostage Calm have coming up that we can be looking forward to?

Hostage Calm will be touring the UK and Europe for all of March, and will announce a ton more U.S. dates very soon. We will be on tour internationally for the rest of 2011, with various singles and compilation tracks that we’ll release along the way. Add us at facebook.com/HostageCalm or follow us at twitter.com/hostagecalm. Thanks peta2!

You can catch Hostage Calm next month with Fireworks, Hot Water Music, and Make Do and Mend, so be sure to check them out. For your chance to win a Hostage Calm t-shirt and copy of their new self-titled album, leave a comment below telling us what influenced your opinions on animal rights. Three winners will each receive a t-shirt and CD, and two additional winners will receive a CD. All winners will be randomly selected. Entries must be received by April 26th, 2011 and winners will be chosen and notified on May 3rd, 2011.

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  • 1559 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I saved three eggs at my aunts house. Two were chickens one was a duck. I got an incubator and hatched them. When I left for college they killed and grilled them. As if that wasn’t enough I also watched Food Inc. And that did it for me. I had to have a voice for those who’s we cannot understand

  • 1561 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I was really influenced several years ago by my 7th grade teacher. She was an animals rights activist and often talked about how animals were mistreated. It got me to research animals rights online and eventually I came across Peta and started reading about how animals were mistreated. I decided to watch a video and after it was over I couldn’t look at my pets without bursting into tears and feeling guilty about eating meat. Ever since then I’ve been a vegetarian and I’ve continued to try and make the world a better place for all animals because no one deserves to be mistreated. :)

  • 1561 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I found PETA and became aware of the intense pain being forced upon animals. I was disgusted and decided to help take a stand. Thanks PETA <3

  • 1561 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I came upon peta.com searching for free stickers (love the stickers by the way <3) and started reading things about animal testing and how unfairly animals were being treated. It immediatley made me want to take action, I was already an animal lover but I hadn't realized how much pain we were inflicting on them. Peta2.com is now my #1 favorite website. I love seeing how I can get out there and help animals. :)

  • nik

    1562 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My older sister was an animal rights activist and I used to tag along with her to events. She taught me a lot about it all.

  • 1564 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My friend Kristian texted me one day and told me he was going veg. At first I was like oh that’s cool, but why? He said it was because of a video he had seen at school and I was just like oh that’s lame a video can’t make you change your mind after 16+ years of eating meat!
    He told me to go on Youtube and watch “Meet Your Meat”
    Needless to say, I did! My first reaction was to cry my eyes out when I seen the teribble fate that poor helpless animals had to suffer! And for what? Human consumption! I had never thought about how sick it actually is to eat a living breathing thing until I seen that video and for the past two years I’ve been a vegetarian! :) Since then I’ve met peta members in DC who influenced me to get active in the peta2 street team! <3<3

  • 1564 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i was influenced by my own family. we never bought animals from breeders or shops. our pets have always been shelter animals. my sister joined many organizations who fight for animal rights, so she taught me to care about that. she showed me pictures, documentaries and so on… it really shocked me/:

  • 1564 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    TERRANCE LANDERS

  • 1564 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I was influenced by a few different things. initially, I never liked the idea of eating animals when I had pets and I didn’t understand why some are treated like family while other animals are eaten. Also, I watched Food, Inc. and it opened my eyes to the whole industry and convinced me to learn more about animal rights.

  • 1565 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It started my junior year of high school when I took an environmental science class and learned much more about our planet and our planet. I continued to learn about animals and their welfare through various nature centers I volunteered at, and I discovered peta2 and tabled at an event. I started reading books, watching documentaries and looking through articles on the internet and realized I didn’t want to be a part of this cruelty or support it.

  • 1565 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i was influenced by watching an undercover special on horrific animal torture ,it was so hard to watch .from then on i volunteer at animal shelters in surrounding counties and foster animals when they need me too .

  • Tim

    1565 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We watched Food Inc. in health class and alot of the stuff in it was really messed up. The way that the animals are treated really hit me. It wasn’t until I started to get more into hardcore and meet more people who where vegan and vegetarians that I decided to become a vegetarian myself

  • 1565 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s good to hear that the entire band is vegetarian/vegan!! That’s rare to hear about. good job guys!!

    What influenced my opinion on animal rights was reading the book Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. What I read was shocking – the things they do to poor animals in slaughterhouses! When I found out that even the dairy industry is abusing animals, that was also a shock for me. What started as a vegan diet for health reasons turned into more than that; now it’s for the animals and the environment too.

  • 1565 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I got really into animal rights through hardcore punk music. If it wasn’t for the bands Sacred Pledge and Earth Crisis I would not have gotten into animal rights.

  • 1565 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    real talk

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