Formed in 2017, Hold Me Hostage is the brainchild of Christopher Thomas, a renowned musician, webcast producer, and talent buyer in Denver’s music scene, featuring Patrick Searcy and Jacob Cade on guitars, Bryan Stacks on bass and keys, and James Opiteck on drums. The band’s name is derived from an inside joke with former bandmates when they would tell each other, “Don’t hold the band hostage!” while resolving creative differences.
With musical influences ranging from Sevendust to Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle, Hold Me Hostage manifests as hard-edged creativity elegantly wrapped in Weltschmerz-tinged optimism. Deep, resonating bass lines lay the foundation for Christopher’s powerfully dark, heavy vocals, which are inspired by singers like Trent Reznor, Maynard Keenan, and Corey Taylor and are often compared to Mike Patton’s unconventional and innovative sound. Chris says of his vocals, “My voice is different; it’s unique but the songs are competitive. I think that’s what sets Hold Me Hostage apart.”
Hold Me Hostage is currently recording their debut album, a four-track EP with plans to feature bonus tracks. While the majority of the details about the album are still under wraps, Chris reveals, “The common theme [embodying the lyrics on this album] is: The past is gone. You only live once. That was then. This is now. It’s optimism cloaked in anger.”
MGI’s founder and lead manager says of the alliance, “I have known Chris for years but I was unaware of his hidden musical talent. The MGI team and I are pleased to add new blood to the oversaturated mediocrity that has dominated the mainstream music scene. We are eagerly awaiting the release of their forthcoming album, which will raise the bar for the genre.”