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Formed in 1993, Vancouver agit-punk band Submission Hold is now in its second decade of creating and disseminating provocative sounds and challenging dialogue. Fusing experimental punk sounds with free-improv, eastern folk, chamber music and radically political lyrics, Submission Hold has created a style all their own. Dubbed “post-genre” by Pop Matters magazine, Submission Hold has often been held in the same regard as bands like Fugazi, Sonic Youth and legendary Dutch noise-makers The Ex. Over the past eleven years Submission Hold has played in more than twenty countries, as well as every major Canadian city and many more smaller towns along the way. While maintaining the core group of vocalist Jen Throw-Up, guitarist Stephen Flach, bassist Andy Healey and Kenton Loewen on the drums, they have made many musical collaborations over the years. One long standing connection is with U.K. based flutist Kirsten Elliott. Elliott first appeared in 1997 on Submission Hold’s “Progress (…as if survival mattered)” and is featured live and on record with the band, when her busy schedule permits. Other notable collaborations have been in the guise of the band’s improvisational alter-ego, The Din. The Din is pure improvised music and tends to make rare appearances on Submission Hold tours. While retaining a DIY spirit, The Din has played with such internationally renowned players as the American percussionist Gino Robair (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Splatter Trio), local Vancouverite Ken Morrisson (Robert Reigle’s Surrealestate) and in Aalborg


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  • post-swagcore

    The split with Saké is fucking fantastic.

    10 Sep 3:27am Reply
  • jorrando

    <333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333 lover

    21 Apr 7:30pm Reply
  • MCScratchnsniff

    your dreck idiot

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Smirnon

    female vocals are total dreck

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • insane81

    It's been a while since I was listening to them...damn, now I can't stop...THANKS A LOT REALLY, YOU.....! Oh...I love Jen's voice and the mastery of their all works together like it was meant to be... =)

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MykeMinor


    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tadeubbtavares

    Where can i fid their lyrics?

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kratkoijasno

    amazing band

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • focalicius

    my last tattoo >>

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • mamaskrimz

    waiting for another monkey mediafire anyone? i have the album but i want to share it!

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • do_it_yourself

    Amazing band... in particular because their idiosyncratic ways of writing and performing music with lots of unpredictable parts. So i feel bad, to just have found out from their website, that they are no more. Still their music will remain on heavy rotation on my play. Props!

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • anarchoqueer

    Where cannibals may eat us? O_o

    21 May 2008 Reply
  • tormental

    tormental (Martes 29 de Abril de 2008) Enviar un mensaje privado a tormental Eliminar maybe similar artists are not similar musically , but they got the same spirit of DIY & anticapitalism (i say that from the distance...i really dont know the people who play in those bands

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • anarchoqueer

    Haha, my genre-bending tag is up there. =P

    22 Apr 2008 Reply
  • anarcho_atlatl

    I haven't really listened to Ballast or I Spy, but none of those similar artists are very similar :|

    14 Mar 2008 Reply
  • anarchoqueer

    Oi is perhaps the worst one, however... >_<

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • anarchoqueer

    Folk punk?! Thrash metal?! C'mon, you guys. Quit writing stupid tags. XD

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • LucALukE

    Turpentine = bestest song evurr

    22 Jan 2008 Reply
  • anarchoqueer

    Only one comment? What a sham...

    23 Dec 2007 Reply
  • deesharp

    yay sub hold!

    7 Dec 2006 Reply
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