Submission Hold were a Canadian punk band from Vancouver active from 1993 to 2005.[1] They were known for their unusual sound, once labeled "post-genre", which combines hardcore punk with elements of experimental and Eastern European folk music. Submission Hold's lyrics often related to anarchist and feminist politics, but often with a more poetic and abstract quality than similar political bands. The band was known as Insult To Injury from 1993 to 1995 prior to changing their name.

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Background information
Also known asInsult to Injury
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPunk rock, post punk
Years active1993 (1993)–2005 (2005)
LabelsG7 Welcoming Committee
Past membersJen Thorpe
Andy Healey
Stephen Flach
J. Flis
Kirsten Elliott
Kenton Loewen
Ben Wilson

History and influenceEdit

The band was also known for consistently maintaining and promoting a fierce DIY ethic, and in this respect were sometimes compared to Fugazi and the Dutch noise/punk band The Ex. Submission Hold were notable for helping introduce throughout the 1990s certain elements of European anarcho-punk and folk-punk to the North-American punk scene. They have fostered strong connections internationally, having toured in over twenty countries and having released records in Canada, on the United States' Ebullition Records, the United Kingdom's Flat Earth, Argentina's Civolentia Violenta, and Australia's Radio 1. Their recordings were also independently re-released in Indonesia, Poland, and Brazil, and on over 50 compilations. Bassist Andy Healey is known within the Canadian zine community for writing the zine I'm Johnny and I don't give a fuck.[citation needed]


  • Jen Thorpe — vocals (1993–2005)
  • Andy Healey — bass (1993–2005)
  • Stephen Flach — guitar (1993, 1995–2005)
  • Calvert — drums (1993–1995)
  • J. Flis — guitar (1993–1995)
  • Phil — drums (1995–2001)
  • Kirsten Elliott — flute (as guest, 1996–2005)
  • Kenton Loewen — drums (2002–2005)
  • Ben Wilson — drums (2005)


  • The Buzz of a Buzzless Situation (1994 cassette), Independently released
  • Insult to Injury (split with Mexican Power Authority (1994 - 7"), Released by Submission Hold with Break Even Records
  • As We Live Our Lies (Insult to Injury) (1994 cassette), Independently released
  • Veterans of the Cola Wars (1996 cassette), Independently released
  • Kamikaze Quagga (1996 7"), Independently released
  • Garlic for Victory (1996 7"), Hopscotch Records
  • Progress (as if survival mattered) (1997 CD), Allium Records
  • Unnatural Disasters (split with Sake) (1997 LP), Hopscotch Records
  • Flag + Flame = Fun (1997 7"), Farmhouse Records
  • Waiting for Another Monkey to Throw the First Brick (1998 LP/CD), Ebullition Records
  • Split with Red Monkey (7"), Radio One
  • Sackcloth and Ashes (LP/CD), Ebullition Records
  • What Holds Back the Elephant (2005 LP/CD), G7 Welcoming Committee Records

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