Stop Buying the Fucking Gimmicks

KEEP IT UP was a hardcore band from the Golden Horseshoe that played shows from 2003-2007. They were named after either the eponymous YOUTH OF TODAY song or LOVERBOY album, but no one really knows. While they were around they released two 7″s (on the now defunct FEELIN IT RECORDS), a CD with the first 7″ and some B-sides as well as had a song on Revelation’s otherwise mediocre Generations Compilation despite having never really left Southern Ontario, if at all. (Note: the LOJ track on that Comp is also very good.)

The first time I saw KEEP IT UP was at the LEFT FOR DEAD reunion show in April 2004. They opened the show and got a packed Moe’s Tavern crowd moving. After that, I saw them countless times, none of which was sub-par despite the fact that near the end they were playing & practicing less and less. I always appreciated KEEP IT UP’s very Canadian approach to hardcore, in the sense that it didn’t matter if you were an edgemen or not, they didn’t care. It’s that sort of inclusive ambivalence that characterizes the country, is it not?

While they were around they also had some pretty great shirts, including the popular panther shirt (see image above), the R.I.P. O.D.B. shirt which I scored at the FIRST STEP/FIRED UP house show in 2005 and the controversial “fist smashing through the Iron Cross” shirt which the band recalled after someone pointed out that it looked an awful lot like a SKREWDRIVER image. I’ve only seen this shirt once or twice and I think it’s safe to say it’s a rare Southern Ontario Hardcore gem.

They played their last show in St. Catherines last July during Scene Festival and it looked like this:

It was easily one of the best local performances I’ve had the privilege of seeing. Since breaking up, two of the members have continued making music in URBAN BLIGHT and another went on in ATTACK IN BLACK.

There’s presently a copy of their first 7″ for sale with the /100 silkscreened cover up on eBay. Take a look if you don’t own it.

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1 Response to “Stop Buying the Fucking Gimmicks”


  1. 1 Jason October 23, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    + split with Proven.


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