By Stephanie Stevens
Building a solid brand and foundation, learning and growing on your craft and observing the right and wrong ways that a band and its members will work and enhance their sound is all crucial elements to survive as a band.
The band RESOLVE have united all three elements and have made probably one of the best records I have heard in 2021. BETWEEN ME AND THE MACHINE is on the verge of release and it just creates such a cohesive atmosphere of beautiful melodic angles with the most brutal and dense aggressive tones. The sounds on this disc is so expansive and brings you on an artistic musical journey. EMERALD SKIES define the intertwinement of temptation between soundscapes, this song just explodes with brutality but then showcases the angelic vocal ability of Anthony Diliberto.
BEAUTIFUL HELL is one of my favorites of the disc, just with its passionate and animalistic feel. SEASICK SAILOR has more of a melodic radio driven force to it, an upbeat impact but still emotes the heaviness the band is known for. SURRENDER and D.G.G.R.S are not sleepers either both have that equality of fierceness and heaviness but still bleeding with those lighter but impactful tones.
The guys said they came into their “real” sound in 2019 and I feel like they really grew within a few years that this is just a special and beautifully done work of art. On November 26, 2021 BETWEEN ME AND THE MACHINE comes out and I would urge you to check it out because it’s a very impressive collection of tracks,
I had a chance to speak with vocalist Anthony Diliberto, about the putting out this debut record, how music has impacted his life and understand the true passion he has for his band RESOLVE and band mates Robin Mariat (bass) and Nathan Mariat (drummer)
Q: HOW DID RESOLVE BECOME A BAND AND HOW DO YOU
FEEL YOUR BAND HAS ENHANCED YOUR LOCAL
COMMUNITY IN MUSIC?
A: Resolve is born from the ashes of our respective previous bands. We
met at a show both bands were playing and it was an instant
connection. Robin and I spoke a lot about our common influences.
Both bands came to an halt around the same time so I gathered with
the guys, we wrote an EP and here we are now.
Q: YOU GUYS ARE GETTING SET TO RELEASE YOUR DEBUT ALBUM BETWEEN ME & THE MACHINE. WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THE ALBUM TITLE AND HOW DO YOU THINK THAT INTERWINES WITH THE SONGS YOU PICKED FOR THE DISC?
A: It took a few months to settle on a final title cause we’re the kind of
band that overthink everything. Robin came up with the BMATM, and
it really resonated with us all. I was convinced that it was representing
the record and what we want to fight for. I have to give Robin the full
credit for this idea, I think this is the perfect title for this debut album.
Emerald Skies and Between Me and The Machine are the same stories, told from a different point of view. Both songs are really meaningful to us, so that was obvious.
Q: PUTTING OUT A DEBUT RECORD IS A BIG THING, HOW DO YOU GUYS FEEL ABOUT THE WORK YOU PUT INTO THESE SONGS AND DO YOU FEEL AFTER ALL IS SAID N DONE YOU
HAVE GROWN AS MUSICIANS FROM JUST CREATING AND PREPARING FOR THIS RELEASE?
A: Like you say, it’s a really big thing. We spent 3 years on this one.
First, we’re really proud of what we achieved with this record. As
musicians but also as humans. We’re really excited for our audience to
finally immerse themselves into a longer release. Secondly, we’re
eager to write a second album cause we know we won’t work the same way. It feels like we know where we’re going now, there’s a lot of songs sitting on my hard drive for the next one. Let’s see what happens.
Q: IN 2016 YOU’RE PREVIOUS PROJECTS YOU GUYS WERE DOING ENDED AND YOU FOUND THAT RESOLVE WAS
GOING TO BE A FOREVER BAND. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO PUT ALL YOUR EFFORTS INTO THIS BAND?
A: Well, we’ve learnt a lot from our previous bands but this one feels really special. It’s like we’re soulmates. We want to work as hard aswe can to build something together. We love each other and we trust each other. Everybody looks in the same direction and we push
ourselves to be better musicians, better humans. I think that’s it. Resolve is not just a band, that would be my answer.
Q: WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING BAND MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE IN COMMON OR A PASSION FOR TO KEEP A BAND ALIVE WITH THE SAME MEMBERS FOR YEARS?
A: As long as passion, work and love is present between each members, I
don’t see any reason for a band to split up. Just be sure you and your
team are looking in the same direction. Is it a hobby or a thing you want to push as far as possible, even if it takes a lot of sacrifices? If everyone in the band has the same answer, then it’ll work itself out eventually.
Q: A NEW SONG BEAUTIFUL HELL IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES OFF THE DISC, CAN YOU GIVE US SOME DETAILS ON HOW
THAT SONG CAME TOGETHER AND WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM THAT TRACK?
A: Well, I wrote the core of the song in a few hours. It was that kind of productive day you have twice a year. Then all the band worked on the structure and fluidity. That’s the way we work cause Robin and Nathan have a different view of what a song should be. It’s like a puzzle we assemble together every time we start a track. We did the vocals together and the first demo wasn’t really good. We were like « should we delete this song? »We called it a day, ate some pizza, had a couple of beers and waited
until the next session. In the morning of the next day, everything was there.
I think Beautiful Hell has this Resolve vibe. It’s melodic but still really aggressive and groovy.
Q: AN OLDER SONG THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR BAND WAS PENDULUM, A MORE MELODIC FEEL TO IT LIKE YOUR NEW SONG SURRENDER! IS IT EASIER WRITING A SONG WITH MORE MELODY OR A MORE HARSHER OR HEAVY TRACK OR DOES IT REALLY VARIES ON SOMETHING ELSE?
A: It’s not really about melody or heaviness. It’s more about what we
want to express at the moment we’re writing. Like I said, we don’t work the same way. Robin and Nathan are taking the time to explore every possibility while I am more into writing a full song in a row. The Resolve vibe was born from this mixture. We don’t make any decision before the end of a song. If it’s heavy, that’s cool, if it’s not, that’s cool too. But yeah, we’re all involved in the process. I bring most of the ingredients to the table, but Rob and Nath are the cooks.
Q: YOU GUYS HAVE TOUR DATES FOR 2022 WHICH IS FANTASTIC BUT HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING IN 2021 AND IF YOU HAVE HOW HAS THE TOURING WORLD CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC AFTERMATH?
A: Well, we did a lot for this album in 2021 so we were really busy. We only played a single show in Germany in October which felt really weird and invigorating at the same time, in the best kind of way.
Q: THE 2022 TOUR ARE YOU GUYS HEADLINGING OR YOU GOING OUT WITH SOMEONE? AND DO YOU LIKE THE OPENING SLOTS MORE THAN A HEADLINING TOUR AND WHY?
A: We’re doing a French headline tour in March, then we’re opening for our good brothers in LANDMVRKS all over Europe. At the moment, opening feels good cause we still need to show what we’re capable of. It’s our first album, we have plenty of time to headline in the future. We’ll grow step by step.
Q: HOW HAS MUSIC IMPACTED YOUR LIFE AND DO YOU FEEL IT HAS BEEN A THERAPY FOR YOU THROUGH THE YEARS?
A: Music is a therapy and a poison at the same time. It’s everything to us,
we’re 24/24 7/7 dedicated to Resolve, which is cool but really hard to
handle. But we’re always asking ourselves this question: What else would we do without this band? Life is short, every person needs to focus on
something enjoyable. We choose music, we choose Resolve.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A BAND CAN DO TO HELP IN MARKETING AND PROMOTING THEIR BAND IN THIS DAY AND AGE AND WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST
STRUGGLE FOR YOU GUYS THROUGH THE YEARS?
A: You need to stay true to yourself. We struggled a lot with socials and
how to communicate in the past few years. Since we’re just posting things we love, without overthinking, the feeling is really different. We put a lot of care into our visuals every time we post something, but sometimes true and raw is the way. Personally, I hate the way I on the screen, but that’s something I’m starting to improve and that’s a good thing. We’re not the best for marketing but from our experience, just be yourself cause at the end of the day, you are who you are.
Q: ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD THAT YOUR DOING WE HAVENT HIT UPON OR ANY WORDS YOU WANT TO GIVE TO
YOUR FANS OR NEW COMERS GETTING TO YOU KNOW YOU THROUGH THIS INTERVIEW?
A: Just want to say thanks to all of you guys supporting this band. We poured ourselves in this debut album and we hope you’ll enjoy these eleven songs. We don’t want to be another metal band on the radar. We want to be true to ourselves, true to the fans, true to the cause. Can’t wait to play for you all. I love you
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