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Rumor has it, that Rock N’ Roll is coming to an end, or as Gene Simmons has simply put it, “dead”. Some claim that Techno music is the new Rock N’ Roll of this young Generation. Well, a band from Maine, known as “The Resistance”, has come to storm that rumor down and prove that the Rock N’ Roll that you all know and love is still alive and will never die.
The band is very versatile when it comes to their genres, blending Classic Rock, Alternative Rock and Blues all together. The band has been around since October 8, 2010 and consists of Sierra Carey- Vocals, Jerad Smith- Guitar, Jessica Smith- Drums, Ethan Collins- Bass. Their influenced include The Who, The Black Keys, The Arctic Monkeys and The Pretty Reckless. They have been featured on many music festivals and have album out called “Loud Enough”.


1.) First of all, where does the name “The Resistance” come from and is there a message behind it?
Well, when we started the band it was called “Platoon” and after a few name changes we decided on “The Resistance”. At first, the name really didn’t mean anything. We just thought it sounded cool. Over time, though, as we got older it started to mean something to us. When we think of “The Resistance” we think of a group of people joining together to resist something. Start a revolution. I’d like to think that our music could bring people together to “join the Resistance” against anyone who ever told them they couldn’t do something. We even call our fans “Resistors”!


2.) Now, the band has been around for since 2010, how is your attitude towards music now different from 5 years ago?
Oh my, five years ago seems like yesterday. It’s hard to believe I was only fourteen when I joined the band. My attitude towards music has changed so much. I mean, as a fourteen year old me, I was a freshman in high school who loved telling people she was in a rock band. But now, I look at the music we make totally different. It’s like each song we write is a part of me. Not just words on a piece of paper. It’s a part of my soul. Back then I wrote words I thought people wanted to hear. Now I don’t care. I write what I want to write and if people don’t like it, they don’t have to listen.


3.) Being in a band for five years, what is your favorite memory being in the band?
It’s hard to pick a favorite memory, because every time I’m on stage with my best friends is the most amazing thing in the world. Nothing can get better than that, but if I had to pick, I’d say my favorite memory was when I had my first band practice with the rest of the band. The poor things had to learn songs they had never heard in their life. I was so nervous, but when they told me they liked my voice and decided to bring me in. It was honestly the best feeling in the world.


4.) You look up to Hayley Williams of Paramore, what is it about her that influence you as a singer?
Well, I still do like Hayley Williams very much and she was a huge inspiration to me when I was starting out. She has awesome stage presence and a killer voice and I remember watching her and being completely amazed. Now though,I look at Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless as my biggest inspiration. She’s so down to earth and she’s not afraid of being herself. She doesn’t care what other people think and she’s super talented. She treats her fans awesome. She’s honestly the person who taught me how to come out of my shell. Seeing her live on stage was like nothing else. I told myself that I wanted to be as confident as her, so I’m trying my best!


5.) You have released eight songs on reverberation, can you talk about them? What are the meanings behind the songs?
The eight songs we have released on Reverbnation are off of our first album “LOUD ENOUGH”. I could sit here all day and tell you what they all mean, but I’ll try to be as simple as I can. “Loud Enough”, besides being the title track, is about bands being told to turn down all the time. We have been told numerous times to turn it down (which sometimes its called for), but when we wrote this song, we were kids and we pretty much told them to screw themselves within the lyrics. We’d be loud if we wanted to be loud. As for “Jealous No More”, it’s one of my favorites on the album. It’s got a jazzy, bluesy feel to it and I love singing it. It’s pretty much about a girl who’s hopelessly in love with this guy, but she’s afraid of loving him because her jealousy gets the best of her. “S.C.R.E.A.M” was actually formally “I Scream At Walls”, a song we wrote when we were in a competition. We couldn’t choose the name during the contest, but when the contest ended we changed the name because 12 other bands had a song called “I Scream At Walls”. It’s about a girl who thinks no one understands her but in the end she realizes she’s not alone. Like I said, I could go on all day. Those three I feel have the coolest stories!


6.) How did you feel when you got to open up for headlining bands like Prospect Hill, Dead Season, and Emerald Sky?
Well, when we opened for Prospect Hill, it was so exciting. I had heard about them and when they said we could open for them I was so happy. Now they are some of our good friends. With Emerald Sky, I had been singing with them since I was little. So it was awesome to open with a band of my own for them. Playing alongside your friends is the best! Dead Season was the same way, we got to know each other and we have nothing but respect for those guys!


7.) Could you describe your band members in a few words?
My band members, oh Lord. They’re my best friends. I don’t know where I’d be without them. They’re my family. You’ve got Jess, who’s this tiny thing. She’s only fifteen, but she plays the drums like she has been playing for twenty years. It’s so nice to have another girl with me, we talk about the guys all the time! She’s so talented it’s crazy. It’s been awesome watching her grow into the woman she is today. Ethan is shy, but his bass playing is incredible. He’s actually hilarious if you get the honor to talk to him. He’s a great guy and I’m glad we found him. He’s been in the band for a couple years now, and he fit right in with us. He made us who we are for sure and then you have Jerad, who’s a serious goofball, but probably the most talented person I’ve ever met in my life. He can play anything. You name it, he can play it. He runs sound at all our shows, mixes and records our albums, everything. He’s my best friend, and I’m so glad I got the chance to be his. His guitar playing is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. He’s one of the nicest guys you ever meet, unless you mess with Jess (his little sister), but seriously, I love all three of them with all my heart. I’d do anything for them.



8.) You live in Maine, how is the music scene there?
Maine, although it’s beautiful (and cold), isn’t really the best place for music. We want to try to get out of Maine to showcase our music in other places, so we’re pretty excited about that. The thing about the Maine Music Scene isn’t even the bands. The bands are great. It’s the wannabe promoters that take local band’s talent and screw them over. It sucks, but it’s not just Maine. It’s in a lot of places. That’s why we’ve stuck to ourselves. We’ll gladly help other bands out, which is a cool thing about the Maine Music Scene. The bands here help each other out. We’ve got each other’s backs, but here, it’s best to avoid someone who tells you everything you want to hear, or is fully of empty promises. Trust me, we’ve been there. That’s why it’s every band for themselves.


9.) Do you guys have a following in your home-town?
We’re all from different towns around Maine. Jerad and Jess are from Burnham, Ethan’s from Sidney, and I’m from South China, but that’s the cool thing about Maine. Even though we’re all from different towns, the whole state is pretty much one big hometown. No matter where you go, you’re part of the community. So yeah, I’d say we have a following in our hometown. You always got to love where you come from.


10.) What do you like the most about being in this band?

What do I like most? Goodness that’s hard. I love everything- the fans, the music, staying up late (or early) all the time. It’s a great experience, but I’d have to say the thing I like most about being in a band is being able to rock out on stage with my favorite people in the world. I get to look all around me: left, right, behind, and see my best friends having the times of their lives. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I love knowing that even if the show failed miserably, we’d be alright with it because at least we had fun doing what we do and we’ll all be there for the next show. My band members are what I like most.


11.) Would you say you are more influenced by, alternative music or classic hard rock?
Classic rock, definitely. When it all comes down to it, the band that inspired us to form the band is The Who, a killer classic rock band that’s timeless. We all gather influences by that band and use them to make us who we are. Good, classic rock n’ roll. It can’t get any better than that. Don’t get me wrong, we all love bands like The Black Keys, the Arctic Monkeys, The Pretty Reckless, The Foo Fighters, you name it, but when it comes down to our roots, we always say that we are mostly influenced by the classic rock bands that started it all.


12.)You guys got to play at The Nite Show, was that your first experience playing in front of a camera and being filmed on T.V and how was it?
It was! I’m not going to lie, it was scary as hell. I was really nervous, and the rest of the band was too, but once we started playing, the nerves went away. We freaked ourselves out way more than we should have. In the end it was what we did all the time. We played music to a crowd, and it was a blast. We had so much fun, and we can’t wait to go back!


13.) If you could, what band would you love to tour with?
If you asked each one of us, our answers would be different. Jerad would say The Black Keys. Jess would say the Arctic Monkeys. Ethan would say the Foo Fighters. But personally, I would love to tour with The Pretty Reckless. I just think that it would be amazing. I love Taylor, and the rest of the band seems awesome too. And it would be cool to tour with another girl singer, I think, but yeah, I’d love to tour with them. It’s on my bucket list!


14.) Finally, when will The Resistance hit the road again and what do you guys have in mind for the band in the future?
We hope to go on the road over the summer, when Ethan and Jess are out of school and it’s warm. I have nothing but high hopes for us. I know we are capable of so much. People can say whatever they want. If they don’t like our music, fine. Not everyone will, but we have what a lot of bands around here don’t have. We have the drive and we have the desire to go out and play our music to as many people as we can. It’s not even about the money (which we all know bands never get enough of), or the possible fame, or whatever. I just want people to hear one of our songs and have it say something to them. I want someone to get my lyrics stuck in their head, or email me and tell me how my words spoke to them in some way. I just want people to hear our music, that’s what we all want. We’ve got Maine on our side, now I guess all we can do is try as hard as we can to go to other places and do the same thing!



Thanks so much for the interview Sierra. Good luck with your band!





Center: Sierra Carey. Left: Jessica Smith.
Right: Ethan Collins. Top Left: Jerad Smith
Check out The Resistance:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheResistancerocks

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheResistancerocks/videos?spfreload=10

Website: http://theresistancerockin.com


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