INTERVIEW WITH RESOLUTION15 VIOLINIST EARL MANEEIN WITH MUSIC VIDEO
Q: Please if you would give my readers a little background on your band,please introduce the band, and how did you come up with the bands name?
A:So there’s me on seven string electric violin, Kenny Grohowski on drums, Nick Serr on vocals, and Mike Bendy on bass. Nick, Mike, and I are from New York, I’m from Queens, Nick is from Carle Place, and Mike’s from Brooklyn. Kenny comes from Miami. As for the band name, Resolution15 was named after the North Vietnamese resolution passed in 1959 that changed their strategy from “political struggle” to “armed struggle”. When the band first started, I was very influenced by Marxist thought and wanted the band to reflect that outlook. As our collective convictions evolved, so has the band’s outlook as well. We realize that armed struggle to achieve any ends, no matter how noble, ensures that the oppressed becomes the oppressor. In that regard, we are dedicated to nonviolent radical change. Especially in one’s self. Resolution15’s philosophy has accordingly changed within this context to “You are not what you think you are. You have the right to think for yourself. You have the right to see through your own lies, and the lies of others. You have a right to the Truth.”
Q: Your band is very unique in its make up and sound how did you and your fellow band mates merge it into a kick ass metal sound?
A: I think it was really the convergence of being a metalhead since I was twelve and at the same time, getting immersed in this incredibly intense, high level classical violin training. Even then, it took me a really long time to figure out I wanted to have my cake and eat it too, as it were, and then it took me even longer to figure out metal technique within the context of my chosen instrument. In that sense, my bandmates and I evolved over the years this band has been in existence, and the songwriting reflects that.
Q: Tell us about your new album Svaha?
A: We’ve just released a CD, “Svaha”, which means “So be it!” in Sanskrit.
The title is of dual significance to us. The first is in regards to the spirit of
how we recorded the album. The album was certainly edited, but it was
more or less recorded in a "So be it" fashion with usually the second or third,
and sometimes even the first complete take standing as the final cut. The
second is in regards to our stance as a socially conscious band. The ideas we
bring up lyrically deal with one's own inner turmoil and how that relates to
worldly experience and action. "Svaha" is the last word in the Heart Sutra,
and it serves as a kind of "Amen". So we would like the listener to feel like
this is our sincere commentary on the world as it is through our eyes, and
also encourage them to find their own awareness. We
recorded it at Spin Studios, with Ryan Kelly and Stacy O’Dell as producers.
Q: What bands do you get your inspiration from, sound wise and stage wise?
A: Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Dillinger Escape Plan, Minor Threat, Slayer, Metallica, Gojira, Blood Has Been Shed, Converge, Unearth, Car Bomb, really there's too many to list. But those of the ones off the top of my head.
Q: Any tidbits of information on tour plans you would like to share?
A: YES. We’re planning a five week jaunt in mid July all along the West Coast, and a three week thing in mid October. We’re in tentative talks right now with the booking agent, so I don’t really want to get more detailed than that, but I will say that we’re really stoked and hungry for this to happen.
Q: Any thing else you would like your fans and my readers to know about?
A: Nick has a borderline unhealthy obsession with peaches. Ever since he had that job at Whole Foods, it's been manifesting in really bizzare ways. We're about to stage an intervention, like they did with the guy from Fishbone.
I would like to thank you Earl Maneein for your time!!!!
A: Thank you!!!