e-mail interview with Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T,
For a long time now, The Resistance
have been the most exciting live band in Cambridge.
Using guitars and various analogue
and digital electronics, the Resistance manage to convey a sense of
urgency and a desire to communicate through music which veers between
heavy, pulsing walls of sound and sparkling melodies of guitars and
Their live shows are spectacular - a shock of light
and noise, described by Drowned in Sound as "Spine tingling electro
with a human face of rapt concentration/fascination". On stage,
the band stand uniformed and uncommunicative, letting their wall of
sound do the talking - a full-on yet haunting electro onslaught, a noise
which has the kind of resonance most bands struggle to attain with a
chorus. That, and the intelligently crafted films which are projected
behind them, work to underline the point that this is not just cleverly
pretty 'soundscape' music to stare open mouthed, stoned and obedient
at, but that it also has something it wants to say.
All this from a band for a long time without lyrics.
With the recent news that The Resistance are now
'on a break', we thought it time to rescue this interview from 2005
from the R*E*P*E*A*T vaults.
Lucy: Your band have been quite quiet for the last few months. Are you looking
forward to playing gigs again?
Katie Jane Garside: I think I give very obtuse ans
The Resistance - who, what and why?
Electric, repetitive, psychedelic noise and light.
Because it feels like almost everyone else is out of ideas at the moment
and just repeating the last 40 years of music over and over again. We
have to at least try to do something different it's time to take things
apart and put them back together again.
Describe your sound to a brain-dead, deaf, Burberry wearing alien.
E: If they're brain-dead and deaf, then surely our description can't
be heard or read, and really we'd have to draw a picture to demonstrate
our sound. So maybe some nice wavy lines hovering above some sort of
blocks of fuzziness with spikes at regular intervals. And some squarewaves.
R: If it was deaf it could still enjoy our gig because it could watch
the projections and pick up the vibrations. We'd need to play songs
with lots of bass.
S: We always play songs with lots of bass. I guess it's all about reflections
and air pressure, I would have no idea how to communicate that to a
retarded, chav alien though.
Who are your heroes, musical and political?
E: Ray Davies and Alexander Berkman.
R: Without meaning to sound cynical I find it hard to have any heroes
because they so often seem let you down that lazy third album, a U-turn
philosophical change... Leaves a nasty taste. I wouldn't want to meet
most of the people I really like.
S: Musically, I think I tend to dig bands more than the individual people
in them. I really admire bands who have really changed things and pushed
music forwards like the Velvet Underground, Wire, Throbbing Gristle,
New Order, the United States of America, Kraftwerk and the Future Sound
of London. Politically, I guess I'm still pretty gay for the old-school
Labour types. Shame they're all dead. I mostly just feel so completely
removed from it all that I find it hard to care that much.
Is there still a place for CDs or is downloading the future?
E: I use and appreciate both pretty equally...
R: I still enjoy having the physical item with sleeve art, but I think
downloading has been improving music enormously. If more bands are able
to have their music heard it will lead to more innovation. As a bonus
there'll be less dodgy filler tracks on mainstream albums to skip through
if CDs do die out.
S: I like LPs because the picture on the sleeve is bigger. I never really
liked CDs anyway, they're so shit and plastic. I'd like to see them
replaced completely by downloading, that'd be better ecologically as
What can people expect at your gigs?
E: A headache and some mild dizziness.
S: Yeah, lots of noise and light. For 30 minutes straight.
What was the last song you heard that you just had to copy and give
to someone else straight away?
R: Neu! 2. It's wonderful.
E: I spend a reasonable percentage of my life trying to help people
appreciate the virtues of Jim's Super Stereoworld....
S: 'If Love is a Drug, Then I Want to OD' by the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
What are you reading?
E: Never Trust a Rabbit by Jeremy Dyson.
R: I'm currently halfway through another Dickens novel, plus Sons and
Lovers and some art and music biographies. I tend to have different
books on the go for different situations.
S: Please Kill Me, L'Assommoir and Viz.
What do you listen to when hoovering?
E: The hoover, usually.
R: I quite like the sound of a hoover itself. It's a nice droning sound
and you can pick out variations within the sound once your ears get
used to the noise. After a while it's quite enjoyable.
S: Yeah, I can dig hoover sounds. I should hoover more just for the
How can our readers get hold of your music? And why should they bother?
R: You can download songs from www.deadmedia.co.uk or, for those who
net access, we might give you a CD if you talk to us at a gig. Why?
Because lots of people seem to like us.
S: We're just another psychedelic rock group trying to get ahead turn
yourself on. Oh, and we're dead good.And of course, what's best, chips
or cream buns???
R: I've always thought that this is a strange question because they
are very incongruous things.
There is only one possible answer to this question because there are
few things better than the perfect chip: moist and thick with a light,
fluffy interior and a slightly crispy outside. Rich and satisfying full
of flavour. Mmmm. Chips...
S: It is so obviously chips.
Thanks to The Resistance for their time, their freindship
and their quite incredible music. Tell them to get back to work here: