The debut self titled EP from Racine rock band Resistance takes modern rock and infuses it with the soul of the generation that came before it. The songs are driven by familiar power chords and tones you hear from contemporary acts like Seether or Breaking Benjamin, but it’s the lead guitar and blistering solo’s, reminiscent of 90’s virtuosos like STP’s Dean DeLeo, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCreedy, or Candlebox’s Peter Klett that elevate these songs to a whole new level. It’s a perfect blend of era’s that makes you wonder why more bands aren’t embracing this style.
As good as the guitars are on this album, the Resistance sound is definitely a sum of its parts.The musicianship and song writing is top notch, with each member putting their stamp on the Resistance sound. On repeated listens, I found myself getting lost in Josh Lisiecki’s bass grooves, especially on the song “Hardest Part”. Scott Bednar does an excellent job laying down the foundation from his drum kit, while vocalist Mimi Johnson sings her heart and soul out on these tracks. Her range and tone are perfect for rock and roll.
The EP has 5 tracks, all of which are sure to please your ear drums, if you appreciate any kind of rock and roll. “Resist” is a cool heavy bluesy tune that has such a great groove to it. “The Boy Who Lived” is a perfect opening track that really gives you a taste of all the different things that the band can do, including an acoustic breakdown. “Suffocate” is a standout track that is meant to be heard by the masses. The riff and chorus are both undeniably catchy and will stick with you, while the vocals have all the right amounts of passion and conviction. If you love rock and roll, you will enjoy the hell out of this album.