Keep This Up take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Keep This Up to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

I think the song that really got me wanting to write music was “get free” by The Vines. It’s just a corker of a track and with the music video, it was just the coolest thing.

Best rider you have had?

I don’t feel we are big enough yet to warrant one. I guess the only thing we tend to like to have from any shows is a good time and good hangs with the other bands.

Craziest moment in the band?

I think so far it’s been one of the shows we were playing as we were introducing the new songs. Getting one of the biggest singalongs to “find myself” was mental!

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

I think “how can we ask for second chances when it’s the tenth time of trying”. The whole of “Paper Houses” always hits me, but that line in particular hits deeper.

Easiest song you wrote?

Firebottle” for sure. It was just a track that was riff after riff and just pulled together so, so quickly.

Favourite song in your set?

Paper Houses” from a live perspective. The energy that goes into that track live is next level.

Just gets you going and takes you on a full rollercoaster.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Singers Sam Carter or Vessel (Sleep Token) would be wild! The only thing is keeping up with that standard live!!

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Not losing yourself. I think it’s super easy, especially these days with social media, to get lost in what you think you should be, sound like, look like etc. Sticking true to yourself as a band is by far the most important but hardest factor.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Chris is also a magician

Jokes you have in the band?

I think one of the jokes tends to be what ridiculous working title each track has. For example, “find myself” was originally raisins.

Key to writing a song?

I think have a strong hook. Whether that be riff, melody or chorus etc. I think from there it’s trying to keep an open mind in the process.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

For us I think at the moment it’s been up in Durham, but definitely some more further afield shows on the way.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Probably Holding Absence. They are also the loveliest of people.

New band you’d recommend?

I think Arimea or The Human Veil. Both of those are absolutely killing it at the moment.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Beartooth would just be wild. I think from a riffing perspective they are band we’ve tried to incorporate into our mindset, so definitely opening for them would be amazing

Place you’d most like to tour?

Breaking into some of the bigger festivals I think. Slam Dunk, 2000 Trees etc. These would all be mind blowing for us

Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?

If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?

It was the track that was the biggest and most ambitious we’ve ever been. I think as well it’s a track which means the most to us.

See us live at?

We’ve got a handful of shows in London over the coming months as well as being up in Newcastle for Mind Fest in September.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Not at all. I think there’s more at our disposal now as creatives that allow us to push the boat and have a much, much further reach than ever before.

Unusual merchandise?

Nothing really. Fairly traditional in that sense. Perhaps coasters?

Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?

I think stripped back versions of some of the heavier tracks would be great. We’ve done a few acoustic shows and the vibe is such good fun.

What do your fans mean to you?

The world! Every lyric sung back, every share, every listen, it never ceases to blow our minds!

X-rays or any treatments needed for band injuries?

As of this moment, we’ve been fairly injury free apart from the odd pulled muscle.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Have to say, these days we are all pretty on it when it comes to being on time.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

A sloth

Elizabeth Birt

August 23, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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