Hostage – Searching for Survivors

Searching for Survivors
1986 (no label)
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA

Adam Barnett – Lead vocals, synthesizers, bass
John Pennington – Guitars, drums

Side 1:

  1. Chair
  2. A Matter of Survival
  3. My Leg’s on Fire
  4. Angels Cry

Side 2:

  1. Modern Man
  2. The Future Ain’t What It Used to be
  3. The Playground
  4. Precious in My Sight (Why?)

To be honest, I have no idea how to describe this. The cover gave the impression that it would be cheesy white boy rap. Which I would have enjoyed – I know a few people that like cheesy rap. But the first song starts playing, and its rock… I believe? Maybe going for a dark alternative/goth vibe? Kind of hard to tell, as they really don’t know how to play their instruments that well. Or maybe they had problems synching them up after playing at different times? “My Leg’s on Fire” is intro’d like it was intentionally bad… but maybe it was just a regular song that turned out so cheesy that maybe they decided to make it look like it was intentional? I think they had some good ideas for new wave/alt rock songs, but need to learn how to record better, as well as how to identify and replace song parts that just aren’t fitting well in particular songs.


One Reply to “Hostage – Searching for Survivors”

  1. I liked this tape back in the day. I thought it was pretty interesting that they had several styles going on, but also some memorable hooks. I mean, 32 years later and I still remember this tape…they must have done something right! I concur with your review, Matt.


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