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1. The Uprights were a Kansas City based ska band who were cited as re-sparking an interest in the sub-genre locally. Known for energetic live shows and the charisma and musical dedication of vocalist Richie Restivo, the group quickly gained a following throughout the region playing shows with various punk, ska and hardcore bands touring through the area. The band was booked to play a Valentine’s Day show at local punk venue the El Torreon, when on the night of February 6th, 2004, Restivo attempted to break up a fight in the parking lot of a nearby high school. At the age of 19, he was fatally injured from a stab wound to the neck, and was pronounced dead shortly afterward. A benefit show was held at the El Torreon in his honor, the band played an instrumental set with Richie’s fedora hanging on a mic stand at the front of the stage.

2. The Uprights began as the one man project of Jake Witt, who relocated from Cincinnati, OH, to Seattle, WA, in mid-2004. After establishing himself in the Seattle music scene with The Uprights and as the drummer for post-punk outfit Romance, Jake ran into technical difficulties. Two computer crashes later Jake rebuilt the project in 2006 with the help of Vann Geondeff, a former bandmate and friend.
From sweeping anthemic choruses layered in looped guitar drenched in reverb, and textured samples to thundering drums, orchestral electronic flourishes and emotive vocals, the live acrobatics of this trio are striking. The Uprights’ sonic pallet is dynamic and varied.

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