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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | SELF

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"North America College Radio ADD and Permanent Airplay Rotation"

Keep 6 hired Tinderbox Music for an eight week radio campaign that landed KEEP 6 airplay rotation at 130 + college radio stations across North America. A huge thank you to Jon, Brandon, Keith, Jade and the rest of the great staff at Tinderbox Music for their hard work and efforts to make this campaign a huge success for KEEP 6 second album "Four Fangs". - Tinderbox Music

"Flickknife Records Interview"

New music we love to hear...


Like an artist with a brush and canvas, Keep 6 paints a musical spectrum of sound blended with a variety of dynamics, emotions, theories and inspiring lyrics.
Their latest album "Just a Matter of Time" boasts eleven tracks that each hold their own personality of expression whether its about everyday life or the answer to the deepest secret ever hidden.
Driving to laid back bass grooves coupled with tight, back beat drums and powerfully dynamic guitars riffs, the songs leave a playing field for deep lyrics and beautiful harmonies.
The chorus for every song leave you humming the words after every listen only to be anxious what the next song may reveal
When witnessing one of their intense live performances where every note is played like their last combined with haunting vocals and harmonies, you can tell this band is no fly by night act.
Influences can be heard from alternative rock and old school blues mixed with a darker edge of tones and grooves, you might say there is a Yes/Incubus/Faith No More feel with a distinctive signature sound of their own.
The mission of the newest songs where to make them the best they could possibly be for radio and exceeding the band's own expectations of the finished product.
Keep 6 has grown and evolved with every album thus producing their most brilliant work to date with their third album release "Just a Matter of Time" which will please many a music lovers ears.
The longevity of Keep 6 proudly stands since early 2007 with all original members to this day.
With every live show grows a larger fan base across Western Canada and the band plans on expanding their performances to Eastern Canada and USA as well as planning a showcase in SXSW 2012.
Keep 6 had the honor of sharing the stage with such acts as A Perfect Circle, Three Days Grace, Sloan, Social Code, Priestess, Matthew Good, Three, Streetheart and many other reputable bands in the biz.
Summer fests includes Boonstock (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011) as well as the ever growing annual Ride For Dad Cancer Fund Raiser among many other live gigs.
Keep 6 enjoyed a nice radio play campaign with their previous album "Four Fangs" which was featured across the North American college radio scene and stretched out their fan base well beyond their home in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
With the newest 11 track album "Just a Matter of Time", Keep 6 plans to further the good word of their music in 2012 while continuing to write and record new material for yet another album in the future.


(Via e-mail by Costas Sogas)
Costas: Hello KEEP 6!First of all, I want to thank you for fitting this interview to your tight schedule, as I hear you're working on your third album.
Shorre: Thanks Costas! We are very appreciative of you approaching us for this interview.
Busy or not, it's always exciting to have the chance to reach out to our fans.
We've been hard at work in the studio for a long time now, this is a great opportunity to let people know what's been going on!
Costas: Now, as you know, I am not really an interviewer-I'm just a fan of Keep6,so my questions will be the questions of a fan and hopefully I'll ask about things the fans want to know :-) So here we go...
I was always wondering about the Canadian Rock Scene...Apart from the obvious super bands like Rush,or Annihilator, I have heard at least 50 Canadian bands and not one of them was less than really good!
I am curious-is there something in the water? Or is it your very culture that promotes music?
Matt: I think that it's the diversity that our country has to offer!
From the range of elements we face in the year, to the variety of people we live among, and the multitude of cultures we are exposed to. It creates what I honestly believe to be a very inspiring environment.
I think that's why this country has produced very successful artists in almost every genre there is. Life is changing very quickly out there, people want to hear something fresh. Canada is just a great place to inspire something different.
Our band really tries to capture that, especially in the newer songs.
Costas:(Maybe I need to visit Canada myself,I'm running low on ideas these days ) Let's get to Keep6. When and how did the band form and who are the members?
Matt: I was actually playing in a band called "Twentyfold" that rehearsed at an old school next door to a band that Scott and Jay were playing in called "Cause and Effect".
When both bands broke up, Jay and Scott hounded me for a solid 6 months plus to come and write music with them.
Eventually one night, I caved and a new band was born!! The chemistry was there immediately.
Costas: And as for your vocalist?
Matt: Haha! Ever watched the blooper auditions to American or Canadian Idol?
We auditioned singers for over half a year with nothing but a couple of decent finds, which seemed to immediately disappear off the planet.
It seemed like we just couldn't find the right fit...that is until an old band mates of Scott's decided to come check out a rehearsal. After jam, he suggested we audition his son Shorre.
Shorre: I was very new to singing at the time and I was a lot younger than the other guys, so I felt pretty intimidated at first.
But when I heard the 5 or 6 songs they had fully written I was blown away, it was exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for.
I went home that night and wrote melodies and lyrics to three full songs.
By the next rehearsal I had 5 sheets of lyrics and was singing into the microphone. 5 years later, here we are.
Costas: (It kind of reminds me "Spinal Tap", with vocalists instead of drummers and if you haven't seen that mockumentary yet,do it- you will laugh your rear ends off!) I couldn't help but notice that your line up hasn't changed since the beginning and I was wondering... How do you do it?
I mean, even ridiculous amounts of cash and fame couldn't help bands like Metallica from line up changes and as far as I know, in these aspects you're not Metallica :-) So, what's the secret?
Matt: We are beyond friends at this point. We are a band of brothers.
The name of the band, Keep 6, essentially means "To watch your brother's back". That's how we all feel.
We all work so great together. I am very proud of the bond we have going, it is essential for surviving as an independent, original band in the scene today.
Shorre: Like any other band, we've had our fair share of internal quarreling, but only because we're passionate! Haha!
When we're having problems with something, I don't think any of us are afraid to actually speak out about it.
We don't let things build up. If something's wrong, let's deal with it now. I really think this is key to keeping things together as a band. This and significantly less drinking than Metallica!
Costas: (Given the cold weather and the famous Canadian whiskeys,I am not sure if I'd be such a moderate drinker!)
A steady line up is vital for good song writing, tight live performances and unique sound.
Although performances and sound are something every band needs to work out for themselves, songwriting is another matter. Since there is no such thing as "parthenogenesis," all artists have influences that defined them as artists and are partly responsible for their songwriting.
Could you name a few artists that inspired Keep6 and perhaps some personal favourites?
Matt: Influences vary so much among all of us, it would actually make your head spin.(laughs)
And I think that is what makes us so unique. For instance I love the classics like Black Sabbath, Rush, Zeppelin, Alice in chains and that sort of thing.
Scott listens to things like a lot of modern stuff like Coheed and Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theater.
Shorre listens to a lot of heavier stuff as well as a lot of more independent and local bands. Jay will listen to funk and jazz one day, and death metal the next.
Shorre: Even then, I don't think any of us listen to anything that the others don't enjoy. We all have a huge range of influences, it's pretty difficult to narrow anything specific down. I guess I would say that Rush especially is a big inspiration to all of us.
Costas: (And that explains why you can switch so easily from a style to another within the same song and make it sound so natural!)
I hate to be a cynic, but there are easier ways to get rich and famous than entering the music business.
Moreover, progressive bands are even less likely to become a source of steady income for their members.
However, not only you're active, but you're already working on your third album! Why? What's in it for you guys? Is music that important to you?
Matt: Very good question Costas. I think in general it is more for the love of expressing ourselves through music.
I believe everyone has a song in them. Yes, we would love to make a living as full time musicians in the music business but our love of songwriting and live performances is what draws us to do this.
With "Four Fangs" we were able to get radio play all across the USA, as well as interest from some very reputable television production companies. Even little successes like that bring enough satisfaction to make it all worth while.
We are putting our heart and soul into these songs, our new material is turning out to be our best.
It's a very exciting feeling to get to share the songs with people who enjoy them.
Costas: (Honestly,I am impressed guys-not only you got airplay,but you did it with an album at least as good as your first one!)
Speaking of your albums, would you like to comment on Keep6's albums "Humanifesto" and "Four Fangs"?
Shorre: Personally, I really enjoy setting the three albums up and listening to how things have changed.
We recorded Humanifesto after having been together for less than a full year.
It's possible that this was a bit early haha! But I happen to think it was a good move for us.
The first album basically consists of the first ten songs we wrote and were recorded onto a little 16 track box before transferring them onto Pro Tools for mixing.So it has its rough edges. But, it was something tangible we could show for ourselves, and this was a great source of motivation for us.
As for the second album, I like to think of it a bit like the angst ridden teen years!
The songs were much more progressive and we were much more intense about pushing ourselves to our limits.
I ended up deciding to write a very dark concept for the album and the music was able to put a twisted spin on things.
It's a really fun album actually, in a eerie kind of way.
Costas: ("Rough edges in Humanifesto?" , "A bit too early?" But I love it !!!)
How were your albums perceived from both fans and press?
Matt: Its starting to become very difficult to get exposure from the press.
Music scenes in a lot of places are starting to become very saturated.
With so many acts fighting for attention it can be a real struggle, but I think I speak for the whole band when I say we've been pretty satisfied with the reaction. The second album especially. We've actually been working with a company called Tinderbox Music that did an eight week radio campaign in the USA and we managed to chart on more than a few stations. This side of things has been a huge learning experience.
Shorre: We've made more money off the album than we put in. I think that's a pretty sure fire sign that things have been going well.
We've have had a very strong core of dedicated fans from the beginning who are still coming out to shows today and the crowds keep getting better. The response from the USA has been quite flattering as well.
Costas: (*sighs* I wish I could attend just one of your shows.....)
Speaking of press and exposure, all the Major companies are trying to convince people that the Internet is the new El Dorado for the musicians and the fans alike. It's partially true, the Internet brings you in a more direct communication with the fans and helps spread the word.
However, as soon as a band gets some attention, the music becomes available for illegal downloading.
Moreover, I know personally of songs that got thousands of plays, but didn't sell any digital copies.
It seems that Internet is working only for those who can afford the cost of a professional promotion campaign.
It also appears that aspiring bands with self financed albums, usually don't get their money back, due to piracy. Any thoughts on the Internet and its influence on bands and fans?
Shorre: The truth of the matter is, is that the music industry is changing. And changing fast.
Things are not the way they used to be, and they never will be the same again.
The internet a very recent invention in mans history and we have a long way to go before we understand how to deal with the anarchy of the web.
Songs are getting downloaded, movies and T.V. too. This isn't going to slow down.
Its up to artists to find ways to adapt to the new environment. There is no point in grovelling over things.
Matt: The internet is definitely a tool of essence for any artist.....look at what Korn did for instance, they embraced the internet and ran with it, and look where they are today. As for pirating music, that is a whole other can of worms in itself.
Personally, I like genuine copies of CD's from my favorite artists and hate the idea of all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears put into each song being stolen. That someone can't afford a DOLLAR for a song is ridiculous!!!
Costas: (A song they claim to love,mind you!)
I am well aware that I haven't mentioned lyrics yet, but there's a reason.
The lyrics in both albums make me feel like I have just watched a movie of David Lynch.Beautiful images (both in the lyrics and the movies),but I'd be a liar if I said I completely understand them!
Maybe it's my limited grasp of English language, or maybe Keep6 share common beliefs with Lynch-he denies even commenting on his films, refuses to explain anything and says that understanding prevents from feeling.
Are your lyrics meant to be felt and not understood, or should I worry about my IQ?
Matt: This one is for you Shorre...
Shorre: Haha, I wouldn't worry too much Costas. I must admit to having some, at times, difficult to interpret lyrics.
When I started writing the lyrics to Humanifesto I was 17.
It wasn't my first attempt at writing lyrics but it was going to be the first time I had really taken the process seriously. I wanted to write an album about different situations, most of them with a kind of wrong place, wrong time kind of feel, that were about some sort of darker sides of humanity. A song about revenge taken a little further than intended, a song about an unstable victim, that kind of thing.
I've always had a fascination with the anti-hero. That is really the root of the story in Four Fangs. For the second album, I decided to write a concept album.
The album is based on a story I had written for an early version of what is now the song Fear, about a man who goes mad with guilt.
About 2 thirds through writing the album I decided to base all the lyrics off of the story, and I expanded it thoroughly.
Four Fangs in its modern form, is a story about a boy named Casio who is abandoned by his parents.
He ends up living a really rough life in the orphanage that he grows up in.
This causes him to develop a mild schizophrenia and a severe sleeping disorder.
He spends many nights alone, awake, in the dark until one night he is visited by a wolf.
This wolf tells him that he was not an only child, that his parents had also had a daughter. But they didn't abandon her like they did Casio, and because of this, Casio has to go exact his revenge on his parents by murdering his sister.
At first Casio doesn't believe but the wolf convinces him that this is the only way he will be able to fall back asleep.
He ends up finding his sister exactly where the wolf told him she would be. Unfortunately, killing his sister did not yield him the sleep he desired.
Completely distressed Casio demands answers from the wolf, but cannot seem to find him anywhere. Until finally, Casio finds the wolf staring directly at him through the mirror. Casio shoots himself in the face, finally getting the sleep he had been longing for! Of course, haha, I really do not expect you to get all of that! The album was written very much with the intention of describing the feelings of Casio, far more than describing the actual events. Casio is the good guy of the story, I wanted to sort of take you on the adventure from inside of his mind.
As for the new songs, I've taken a whole new approach entirely to match the new approach the guys have taken to the music.
I think I will hold off on giving away too much of what's to come though.
Costas: (Thank you Shorre for verifying I am not getting senile!)
Would you like to share with us your future plans?
Matt: What we as a band have learned and experienced with the prior two albums we recorded and released, really has been a wealth of knowledge for the third album's songs and future.
Each song is unique in its own way but not overly complicated as we felt that the groove nucleus was essential. The result has been overwhelming. Every song has its story. We truly feel this is our most accomplished writing yet and are very excited for the world to hear these songs.
I think the main plan is to continue to write, continue to do our best getting the music out for everyone to hear, and perhaps in the not too distant future, hop on a bus and actually take our music to the people!
Costas: ( Sounds like a great plan-if you ever need a roadie,let me know!)
Before we call it for a day, I wanted to thank you for the time you took for this interview.
You have my best wishes for your musical ventures! - Flickknife Records, Interview via e-mail by Costas Sogas

"License Agreements for Televison Productions"

Recently signed music license agreements for usage of music from second album "Four Fangs" for the following television productions..

- The Real World (all shows) - Bunim Murray
- Bad Girls Club (Oxygen Network)
- Nitro Circus - (MTV)
- Fantasy Factory (MTV)
- Warren The Ape (MTV)
- The Stylist (Oxygen Network)
- Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!TV Network)
- Khole And Kourtney Take On Miami (E!TV Network)
- The SPINdustry (E!TV Network)

This opportunity was presented to KEEP 6 through Jon Delange, our music promoter and rep at Tinderbox Music. Please feel free to contact Tinderbox Music through their website contact page for verification of these agreements. - MTV, E!TV Network, Oxygen Network and Bunim Murray

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Keep6 – “Snow Angels” I like these guys though they need a little more seasoning in their playing and writing. They're like a Silverchair with a little bit of power punk and heavy metal overtones sprinkled through the song. They need to keep developing but on to something. The vocals remind me a bit of Brandon Boyd of Incubus.

Thanks for having the guts to participate in ANRGIRL Says! Your submission was reviewed for The Monthly A&R Critique to post on April 1,, 2010. Though your submission wasn't chosen for the coveted Monthly A&R Critique slot, you will be featured as one of the five in the “hotseat” for the one liner critique.
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"Indie Song Of The Week"

Subject: Indie Song Of The Week
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 02:41:26 -0400

Hi Matt

We’re happy to announce that 8 O’Clock At The Orphanarium from KEEP 6 has been selected as the Indie Song Of The Week for the Week of April 18th to April 24th.

It will be broadcasted starting tonight(Sunday) at 00h19(Eastern Time) and every 3 hours afterwards.

Keep up the awesome work.


Programming Director, Host

The BEST music you NEVER heard! -

"Canadian Radiostar Songwriting Competition"

FROM: "Park Warden" <> | Save Address
DATE: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 18:17:29 -0500
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SUBJECT: Cdn Radio Star - Finalists
Hello everyone,

Attached are "snippets" of the five songs chosen as the BEAR - Edmonton "finalists" in the 14th annual National Songwriting Competition, a.k.a. "Canadian radio Star" ... On-line voting starts THIS Monday, January 22nd at <> ... We'll announce the winner on February 1st. Good luck to all, and PLEASE CONFIRM you've received this e-mail.

Park Warden - SPGA
Music Director,
Edmonton's Best Rock, 100.3 The BEAR

1. MY SISTER OCEAN - Searching For Something More
2. KEEP 6 - Without Being Human
3. The SESSIONS - On Your Own
4. DIRTY HABIT - Daddy's Little Girl
5. MY LAST SEASON - Broken Without You

- 100.3 The Bear (Edmonton)

"Humanifesto Review Aug 24/07"

Oh deary deary me.. prepared to be astonished! Keep 6 have gone and done something truly wonderful in writing, performing, and producing an album called 'Humanifesto' - it's a big deal folks.. fascinatingly tight and melodic vocals aligned with some of the best guitar, bass, and drum work I have heard in ages spewing forth from the most innovative corners of the alternative contemporary rock sector and it's all presented very cleverly indeed! Now please.. do read on...

The Oceaneer is our intro to Keep 6 with bass work that I thought had become a fixture in our memories of playing that was lost along long time ago. You'll die when you hear the drums and guitars cutting in like vipers against a backdrop of prog/hard/heavy/alt rock and at the point where you're expecting 'blood on satans claw music' you're knocked sideways by the acutely brilliant and dynamic vocals! It's a brilliant piece of work to say the least!

063, on the other hand reminds me of the meticulousness of Steve Howe's fingerwork with a thin slice of Rush thrown in and then everything gets dissolved by what's really Keep 6 - smart and I do mean smart lyrics, smart vocals, and equally smart playing!

Then.. we get One high mile with it's insistence that we LOVE the track to death within the first few bars of malevolence and enthrallment! Watch out for the rather splendidly devised vocal arrangements while the fretboards surround the lyrics.. but keep an eye on the drums ladies and gentlemen... the drums are a little beyond what one would expect from a human being with only two arms and two legs! It's quite a standard to aspire to!

Without being human takes another path entirely and is lyrically superior to an awful lot of stuff knocking around today but probably earning a damn site less bucks (cos our industry is still asleep at the wheel!). Again, the vocals have that upper nth degree of quality in range and delivery and the ridiculously tight elements of Keep 6 guitar, bass, and drums, we've heard so far prevails just long enough to keep you glued to every note!

Reach out/Breathe out meanwhile, is a song that opens with little echos of early Durutti Column complete with octave splitting ear candy before the vocals come crashing through the curtains to meander just between the speakers. Try this one through decent headphones or better still stick the entire album on your iPod while your traveling and I'm telling you.. the streets will appear clean again with every road resurfaced and every building cleansed of negativity!

Bedlam grinds down and clutches at things you never knew existed in you as the driving rhythms plough into every incomplete picture you ever had of high quality intelligent rock. There's some ridiculously great singing here but it has to be great to keep in line with the Master Volume crew!

Stand Watching, on the other hand, is something I'd love to see live.. it's the street team track of the year complete with the kind of guitar that should have accompanied the Viking invasions! I'm at the stage now where I'm really enjoying this.. and I know I should be sticking me fingers against frets instead of a PC keyboard but someone needs to get this done as a matter of duty!

Inside an image is the song that has you looking for influences and inspirations but it's better you don't even try.. this is Keep 6 doing what they do and there's no point in comparisons cos as the Borg once made very clear 'resistance is futile!' Whatever way you look at it.. this is one hell of a classic and it's only just been released! Oh... I should warn you about the ending.. it's a bit like being in the fast lane at 250kph the car just stops but your still strapped in and you won't actually stop until hmmm.. a few hundred miles ahead?

Make haste arrives to get you back to your feet.. watch out for the way the vocals carry the lyrics and go spiralling toward the verses with the help and comfort of some nice chord and riff work blanketed by the trademark drums and bass meanderings! Shit... if they thought I was a good bass player when I was 20 ... this would kill them! I need a defibrillator!

Bring it all home unfortunately, is the last track on this savagely brilliant album but it's an anthemic thing going on that you will not forget quickly. I'm still trying to work this out.. the producer deserves much acclaim and God knows the studio must have been minus a whole load of critical air molecules with the sense of accomplishment during the mixdown. This album has been a really nice surprise to someone who once thought the best of Canadian rock was pitifully left in the shadows. The more I listen... the more I'm waking up to the unjustness of the brilliance!

Colin Lynch - August 24 2007
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Debut full length (10 songs) album "Humanifesto" released in 2007

Second full length (12 songs) album "Four Fangs" released on February 20/2010.

Third full length (10 songs) album "Just A Matter Of Time" released Sept 7, 2012

Performed several shows for the Red Gorilla Fest 2012 in Austin, TX, USA for the SXSW Music Conference Week

Airplay on Radio Crystal Blue (2009 to 2010)

Airplay on Maximum Threshold (2009 to 2010)

Airplay and Indie Song of the Week with and have both albums on solid rotation (Thanks BeN!!!)

Airplay rotation with over 130 + North American college radio stations after a successful national radio campaign (launched April 4th/2010)

Airplay rotation with over 150 + North American college radio stations after a successful national radio campaign (launched April 2012)



With the release of their third album Just A Matter Of Time, Keep 6 sets out to preserve the tradition of meaningful, heavy yet dynamic, inspiring, soulful, guitar driven rock music and keep it thriving. These 10 powerful songs speak to the awesomeness of the physical universe and our attempts to harness and understand it, question our place in it and ultimately to find peace in the simple pleasures of life and finally death itself. All the while rocking your face off with thundering drum and bass rhythms (see Constant of Light), blistering guitar solos (check out Elements) and soaring vocal arrangements (I Am Still is a must). Sometimes compared to fragments of Faith No More, Incubus and I Mother Earth with hints of early influences like Rush and Dream Theatre, Keep 6 straddles the bridge between "out there" and "back here" and firmly makes it's presence known in any place and any time. Just A Matter Of Time......Available NOW!

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Keep 6 is a 5 piece original rock band driven by sheer determination to make waves in the Canadian music scene. Formed in 2007, the band consists of Scott Chalmers (Guitar), Shorre McColman (Vocals), Matthew Wispinski (Bass), Jay May (Drums), and the most recent valued addition in late 2011, Glenn Thorpe (lead guitar). In late 2007 Keep 6 produced the debut album, “Humanifesto”. The sound and songs were raw with no holds barred, achieving a successful fan base and number of sales. One song, “Without Being Human” place among the top 3 in the regional finals of the Canadian Songwriting Competition sponsored by Bear 100.3 FM. In early 2010 the band released their second album called “Four Fangs”. The album produced great independent success for the band as each song was technically driven with clever grooves and choruses. “Four Fangs” was promoted on a successful, national radio campaign throughout the USA. Concluding the campaign, the band was approached by several television production companies for licensing agreements to use their music during the 2011 season. The band just finished up their 3rd full length album entitled, "Just A Matter Of Time" and had a scheduled release on Sept 7/2012. Since their inception, Keep 6 had the honor of sharing the stage with such acts as A Perfect Circle, Three Days Grace, Sloan, Social Code, Priestess, Matthew Good, Three, and Streetheart. Summer Fests include Boonstock 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 as well as the Annual Ride for Dad Cancer Fund Raiser. Every live show produces a greater fan base in Western Canada with future plans of expanding towards Eastern Canada. Still comprised of their original members, these musicians are not only on the same page but on the same paragraph. Remember the name Keep 6 because it won't be the last time you hear it.

All music written by Keep 6 and is produced, recorded, mixed and mastered at Levelless Studios and Entertainment
Edmonton, Alberta