Monday, 2 September 2013

Outright Resistance Q&A

Your name:    
“Captain Paddy” Lee (Vocals).

Where are you from?
We all collectively reside within the North Hertfordshire area (UK).

Name of band:
Outright Resistance.

Who else is in your band?
Michael Worsley (Guitar)
Joe Jacobs (Guitar)
Adam McGuinness (Bass)
Michael "Nelly" O'Neill – (Drums)

How would you describe yourselves?
Well, we're just five guys from Hertfordshire with a lot of energy, a lot to say, and a vast love of heavy grooves! As cliché as it sounds, we try and blend a lot of styles into our music, from thrashy balls-out riffs, occasional catchy melodies, funky solos, nifty breakdowns and general grooviness! We have parts that wouldn't sound too out of place in a rock band, and others that would veer towards the more extreme side of metal!

Who are your main influences musically?
We are a band of quite varying tastes on the whole, personally I love all sorts, I love The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, The Agony Scene, Psychostick, Metallica, Emmure and Lamb Of God though I also like a bit of Oasis, OK Go and The Rolling Stones! As for the other dudes, common ground is with Lamb Of God, Chimaira, Old Linkin Park, but then Adam loves Meshuggah and Devin Townsend, Mike loves Alter Bridge and Machine Head, Joe loves Parkway Drive and The Devil Wears Prada and Nelly loves Nile, At The Gates and Deicide Quite a variety.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We don’t expect to change the world, but one thing especially that we try to put across, is for people to be more accepting and tolerant of others, especially when it comes to fellow metalheads! There’s been a great amount of progress when it comes to accepting our gay brothers and sisters, which is fantastic, but there’s still a lot to achieve when it comes to transgendered people, and it makes me sick to think that some people think its okay to give people shit for being true to themselves in a world full of fake and plastic people. Not only do they have internal struggles, but society, and even fellow metal fans, find it totally fine to ridicule someone who is already suffering! At the end of the day, we are all a minority, so surely we should be banding together, what happened to that closeness metalheads of the past used to have? We would love to help bring that back into a new age, screw the hate, lets ALL "Stand up for those who have suffered".

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Well, we had some great gigs, we've been able to play with some awesome bands (including headlining a show that had TRC and Hacktivist on the bill, which was incredible) and we managed to get onto one of Terrorizer's cover discs but the absolute highlight was when we headlined a gig in Hatfield on our first year anniversary, and that was insane, there were around 200 people there, and they went absolutely MENTAL, screaming lyrics at us, jumping around, we had our first and only (so far) Wall Of Death which was awesome and a dude almost gave himself a concussion, ran out for a split minute then dived straight back into the pit! Honestly, to have been able to have that effect on people, that was one of the greatest nights of my (and I'm sure the others would agree) life, nevermind career!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Well, there was a period of maybe 2-4 months when my house got infested with mould which gave me a horrendous throat infection, but we'd already confirmed the gigs (and there is NO WAY we will ever backtrack on a gig, ever!), So we played through it and during pretty much all of those shows we played in that period, my vocals sounded HORRENDOUS I mean, there are videos up of one of the shows, and they sounded pretty rough I must admit! Thankfully the crowds weren't harsh on us, the other boys were as impeccable as always, which is most likely why! So yeah, whilst I wouldn't want to forget it exactly, it is definitely one of the lower points from my point of view!

If you had to choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I think the best one would probably be Gee, Dysphoria for many reasons. I think its one of the best indicators of our overall sound, it’s a varied track with a great thrashy groove going through it (fun fact: the demo of this song before vocals were applied was "Thrashy Balls" for exactly that reason!) It's got a nice chorus melody to it as well, with a couple of really fast parts, and a slow groovy breakdown right at the end, on top of all of this its got a lyrical message behind it too, which is as previously mentioned, relating to transgendered people and the strife that they deal with on a daily basis to just LIVE! So it really is as if we chucked all of our other songs into a blender, this would be the nectar that came out!

Where can we find out more about your music/band?
Well, if you go to our website you can stream our current three tracks from the demo EP titled ‘Don't Eat My Organs’ as well as links to our bandcamp where you can download them, lyrics to the majority of our songs so far, as well as our social networking links to keep up to date with us

Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
We are currently working on getting back into the studio real soon, which we are super excited about, and have a bunch of things planned for the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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