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"New Music West '04"

"As I gave this venue a second try, Keep It Secret were just launching into their set. This band were the highlight of the evening. These high-energy madmen were leaping all over the place rocking out maniacally. They sounded like a screamo version of Moneen and employed several tricks to liven up their show. First off, they stocked the crowd with their biggest fans, namely their girlfriends. After each song, this collection of fake ID-toting superfans screamed like they were watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. The other clever trick was to invite a bunch of boozed up friends to start moshing in the midst of the club. All told, this kind of action is a welcome change from the typically aloof Vancouver crowds. As the set progressed, this band just kept getting better. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for their next local performance'-Chart - Chart Attack.com


"KEEP IT SECRET - Hope Slide Viewpoint"



KEEP IT SECRET
Hope Slide Viewpoint

by Crislana Rafael – Kwantlen Park, Surrey

We(s)t Coast brings together electrifying post-punk band.

Look out for these punk hopefuls! Keep It Secret, aka K.I.S., a post punk/screamo band based in Vancouver B.C., is making huge strides to become a success. After only two years of touring and countless local gigs, this quartet is finally releasing their official debut album, “Hope Slide Viewpoint.”
This first project is a homage to the people of Hope, B.C. who perished in the 1965 rockslide. Though the title has a somber meaning, the songs are fast-paced and energetic. While the underlying bass tones keep the tune controlled and orderly, the melody is chaotic and wild. Viewpoint's clashing of tame and wild will certainly pique your interest.

Crislana’s fave track: “Monumental"



- YOUTHINK MAGAZINE Feb'06


"Hope Slide Viewpoint Review"

Vowing that their music is aggressive with a conscience, Vancouver’s Keep It Secret’s meshing of post-hardcore and screamo holds up on their six-track offering. Implementing a dual vocal sting that switches from singing to screaming and backed by a band whose dynamic mood shifts from slick punk to shoegazer rock rather effortlessly, songs like “Terra Incognita” and “Sting of the Arrow” combine the wares of bands like Alexisonfire and Thursday, while the initial aura set forth by “Somethings Always Wrong for Now” suggests these guys have been to their share of Warped Tours. Keep It Secret may be plagued by playing in a style maligned by many, but this band wields a couple more tricks than most of its peers on HOPE SLIDE VIEWPOINT, giving them a college rock jangle and the chance at attracting a wider range of ears.
www.keepitsecret.ca
- Mike SOS
- www.316productions.com


"KE MAg. Live Keep it secret Review"

http://www.kezine.com/archives_iss_10.html - KE ZINE


"Punk Tv Keep it Secret Interview"

Interview with Carter Hanke from Keep It Secret

PunkTV.ca: So tell us about your band.
Well, we have been together for 3 ? years, and we live in Vancouver. We met per chance in van though a magazine ad. We play post hardcore, post punk, emo, as they describe it, a lot. We have a high-energy show and do a lot of bouncing around. We have a new 6 song EP that we put out on our own Black Kettle Records.

PunkTV.ca: And how is the EP doing for you?
It is doing very well. So far everywhere that we have been we have managed to get rid of a bunch of discs, and everyone that has heard it seems to be really excited about it.

PunkTV.ca: Is there an album in the works?
We have ben writing new tunes for an upcoming new release. We are weighing our options, talking to some labels, and applying for a grant through Factor so that we can afford to record.

PunkTV.ca: How tough is it to jump around on stage like you do and to stay in time and key?
Ha! I guess it takes practice, man. But that is what chromatic tuners are for. If you bump into the guys in the band, or the walls or the stage, that is what our tuners are for. But for us, it is easy.

PunkTV.ca: So you need a drummer? How is the search going?
It is going good. We have a friend that will more than likely fill in for us in June, if we have not found anyone by then. Playing in a band requires someone that is really dedicated. We practice 3 times a week, and we want to continue doing what we are doing, and we really take it seriously. So it has been tough to find people that want it as bad as we do, but that is what we need.

PunkTV.ca: Tell us about the Vancouver scene?
I don’t know. I guess I don’t really think that as a band we really fit into the Vancouver scene. Most bands you interview probably don’t slag their scenes, but we don’t really fit in. There are a lot of synthy bands that are playing, and trying to emulate stuff that was happening 20 years ago. Bands like Black Mountain are getting a whole lot of press right now, and I personally don’t feel that it is warranted.

PunkTV.ca: Kinda been there, done that?
Yeah, in a sense. It just seems that anybody that comes on stage now -- who are starting bands in Vancouver -- seems to be of the New Wave, 80’s inspired kinda keyboard variety. They all dress the same, and that’s all we see out here, so the shows in Vancouver are not as well attended if you’re into the post hardcore.

PunkTV.ca: Actually, I have had a few bands from Vancouver report that to me, including Crowned King and Time is the Enemy.
Ya, I like those bands. Crowned King has been at one of our gigs; they are good guys. It seems that wherever else we go in the province, we are well received. It seems that the further we get away from Vancouver, the less restricted people seem to be, and less into the fads, the sound a la mode, whatever is cool that week. They seem to be less driven by that, and they like music according to their own terms, rather than just eating whatever MTV is telling what to like.

PunkTV.ca: That is so weird because I just interviewed Punk Spiders 5 minutes ago, and they are totally MTV darlings. I like both bands. Let’s talk about Hope Slide. Did you watch a documentary show on that on TV? Do you like disasters? Where did the concept come from?
Ha! Ha! Yeah, I do like disasters, however I don’t think that influenced the title of the record, whatsoever. I was going camping in the Okanogan, and we were all finished writing that record, and so I was driving past Hope, which is a town about an hour outside of Vancouver, and I guess I really liked, sort of, the play on words. Hope Slide definitely has its own connotations, but if you are from the mainland, you know that Hope is a city, and you are familiar with the dirt slide that happened there…

PunkTV.ca: …that killed thousands of people?
No, there was less than half a dozen people that died. It was a big event, there was a lot of land that shifted, but very few casualties (both laugh).

PunkTV.ca: Tell us about the EP. What are the songs about?
I guess our lyricist, Rob -- he is our primary lyric writer in the band -- and I would say that a majority of the songs deal with personal issues. However, Rob’s writing style lends itself to being very interpretive, where often one line can mean multiple things to different people. He leaves things pretty vague, and he writes with a lot of metaphors and similes. But I would say that although the songs mean a lot to us, the listeners can interpret them in their own way.

PunkTV.ca: So we have used the word, the buzzword, and to some bands, the hate word, “EMO”, so let me ask you about murder, kissing, angst, loss, guns, bullets and all of those themes?
I think that is as cookie cutter and predictable to me as a lot of the lyrical content of these Vancouver bands that I was flogging in your second question. I think it’s just cheesy man, and it’s nauseating that a couple of big bands in this genre like My Chemical Romance, Thursday, and Taking Back Sunday that have done relatively well as of late use these kinds of words and topics as ideas for their songs.

PunkTV.ca: So back to our discussion about Smallman Records, Choke, Moneen and their whole attitude, I guess it could be said that that is what separates post hardcore from emo.
Yeah, that makes sense.

PunkTV.ca: You know, I also like My Chemical Romance and The Used, but there is something completely different in Moneen, something more real, and what would you say…
I would say timeless. It’s less gimmicky, and more general, where a 15 year old could be moved by something they do musically or artistically or a 35 year old could be equally moved. A lot of the emo bands that are being churned out seem to be more demographically driven. I don’t see that the art that they create is going to be as timeless.

PunkTV.ca: Fuck dude, you are well spoken. I did not expect this…
Thank you, thanks for the credit. I think that my stories could have been a lot more rock and roll.

PunkTV.ca: I know that you do this all yourself. You have a real DIY approach, and that is how we met and why I made the time to do the interview. Tell us about your DIY philosophy and some of the challenges facing your band?
Sure, well I mean we do the DIY thing out of necessity because thus far we have yet to receive an offer from a label that has piqued our interest enough for us to go for it, and also because the passion for the thrill that most musicians get from playing live, and taking it to a wider audience at another level.

PunkTV.ca: Tell us about the kids on myspace.com?
Myspace is sketchy and cheesy and fake but it has been an extremely useful marketing tool for us. Everything from booking tours and shows, to all of the merchandise that we have, from stickers to buttons and so on, have basically all been from people that we have met.

PunkTV.ca: I need some buttons done for PunkTV.ca.
Ya, we use punkbuttons.com, and they offer a great deal. They offer 300 or so buttons for $40. I will email you the info.

PunkTV.ca: So back to myspace…
Having a strong online presence has been really important for our band in terms of getting our music out there and just sorta getting recognized by a whole slew of people that otherwise we would not have been able to reach.

PunkTV.ca: And finally, what would surprise fans most to learn about the members of Keep It Secret?
I’d say that we are all avid hockey fans and we all know that the Vancouver Canucks are totally coming for the cup next year.

PunkTV.ca: Fuck You! Now I know that you are retarded.
Ha! Ha! How did Edmonton do last night?

PunkTV.ca: We kicked ass, pulled it out of the hat in the third OT. Dude, thanks for the time.
Thanks a lot.

- Punktv.com


"Youthink Magazine- Hope Slide Viewpoint Review"

by Crislana Rafael – Kwantlen Park, Surrey

We(s)t Coast brings together electrifying post-punk band.

Look out for these punk hopefuls! Keep It Secret, aka K.I.S., a post punk/screamo band based in Vancouver B.C., is making huge strides to become a success. After only two years of touring and countless local gigs, this quartet is finally releasing their official debut album, “Hope Slide Viewpoint.”
This first project is a homage to the people of Hope, B.C. who perished in the 1965 rockslide. Though the title has a somber meaning, the songs are fast-paced and energetic. While the underlying bass tones keep the tune controlled and orderly, the melody is chaotic and wild. Viewpoint's clashing of tame and wild will certainly pique your interest.
- http://www.youthink.ca/reviews/localbands/1Feb6Local/KeepitSecret.html


Discography

Keep it Secret 3 song Demo Released Nov '04

Hope Slide Viewpoint E.P. Released Oct'05

Hope Slide Viewpoint has been distributed around to campus radio around Canada

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Bio

Keep It Secret is a post punk/screamo quartet based in Vancouver B.C., situated at the southwestern most tip of Canada's We(s)t Coast. Vancouver is a notoriously rainy city, so as an escape from the elements, residents of this laid back, liberal metropolis spend the majority of the winter indoors waiting for the skies to close. Out of this hibernation, Keep It Secret came together to share in their experiences and start a band.

With only one member of Keep It Secret originally from the Lower Mainland, we used the local Georgia Straight newspaper, more specifically the "Musicians Wanted" section to meet and become friends. It wasn't until early 2003 that we had our lineup solidified and began to write music together. Around that time we went through a couple name changes, but settled on "Keep It Secret", a mysterious phrase that holds meaning for many reasons, reasons that may never be revealed. The mandatory Google search went well, thus the name stuck. Pulling inspiration from punk rock, emo and hardcore, K.I.S. writes music that goes beyond simple definition,aggressive but melodic, chaotic but with order. All the while maintaining a strong sense of integrity, credibility and originality.

Keep It Secret made huge strides, beginning in the winter of 2003.

We felt that we were confident and rehearsed enough in our original material to start playing live. Highlights of 2004 included winning Barc Productions' "Banned in Canada 3" in the summer and being selected to play a New Music West showcase here in Vancouver in the fall. Keep It Secret kept the ball rolling in 2005. We continued to gig as much as we reasonably could around town, all the while finishing up on the writing, recording, mixing and mastering of what later became our first official release.

In the fall of 2005 we released our CD/EP, meticulously mixed, mastered and produced by Steve Soucy and K.I.S. at ENRG Studios in Vancouver. We decided to name the record "Hope Slide Viewpoint" in a sense to pay homage to the people of nearby Hope B.C. who lost their lives in the 1965 rockslide and also because of the more obvious connotations that the name implies. We pressed an initial 1000 copies and released it on our very own Black Kettle Records.

The future looks promising for Keep It Secret. A member change, as well as a new touring van, website and overall dedication to the success and promotion of this project has instilled a renewed sense of resiliency and vigor in all 4 members of the band. With a western Candian tour completed in Nov, a Vancouver Island tour in Feb, B.C./Alberta tour in April, cross Canada tour in May, and a West Coast tour in August we're committed to taking what we do to the next level. All the while keeping it real as we keep it secret.

Keep It Secret. Keep It Safe.