Resistant Culture’s root structure extends deep in tree of music that has give life to many generations of bands and subcultural identities. In its original form going back to the 1980s the band was called Resistant Militia. This band was one of many emerging at the time in the L.A. area that combined the arts of punk and metal to incite a new movement that was heavy, loud, and dark; viscerally political and aggressive. Seminal bands wuch as Resistant Militia and Terrorizer helped spawn genres including crust, grindcore, and other subcategories united thoughtful anthems of resistance and autonomy and bone-crushing mosh-inducing riffage.
Resistant Militia saw countless musicians come and go; besides Anthony, only one other member has persevered beyond the last several years. Katina, a classically trained guitarist brought a high degree of sophistication to the musical and technical aspects of the band. Needless to say, she brought an empowered masterful female presence to the often jockish sexist male dominated metal scene, blowing most guys off the stage with meticulous precise effortless playing and a thrashing storm of head-banging. Katina and Anthony have been sustaining the Resistant name through various musical incarnations for about a decade. Later Ralph, a guru experimental jazz/punk bassist of "Universal Congress of..." fame joined, adding yet another voice of resistance to the radical message of Resistant Culture. His diverse musical background brought previously unrepresented elements to the band. Most important though was his common drive towards positive healthy spiritual empowerment through music as opposed to the rampant patterns of self-destruction that plague the music scene.
This unit, plus a couple more passing drummers brought the band through its first full-length CD release entitled "Ancient Future" and through to 2003 when they recruited anarcho-punk hessian, Ben Axiom, who coincidentally recorded a crust-punk record at 16 in 1997 entitled "Establishing a Culture of Resistance..." Influenced by bands such as Napalm Death, his study of the arts of metal and resistance led him to his respected elders in Resistant Culture. If the circle had not come full enough by this point, a final cosmic dimension was recently added; Jesse Pintado (TERRORIZER/NAPALM DEATH) a long time friend of "Tony Militia" (A.K.A. Anthony) has been writing, recording and playing with R.C. since 2004.
The initial vision of blending hardcore, tribal grind and punk has found the right mixture of experience, age and personality, it's the seamless musical development of hardcore and tribal music that has weaved the indigenous flute, rattle, tribal drum and chant into an organic and flowing tapestry. The indigenous influence in the music is the personal relation to native culture from three members in the band; Anthony, Katina, and Jesse are of indigenous descent. In 1991 Anthony had a vision of empowering native youth through music that fuses traditional indigenous instruments and philosophy with extreme contemporary music. Before embarking on this journey, Anthony sought the advice of elders. Several agreed that it would be a good thing to use his music as tool of cultural survival because kids today don't want to listen to the elders.
With Resistant Culture for a name it represents a struggle of a people, a philosophy, and a culture on the brink of extinction. As a band and concept, Resistant Culture has its fingers in many different projects. Beyond touring and playing throughout southern California, Resistant Culture also often plays at and helps organize many different grass-roots events to help benefit the community. It's the idea of bringing extreme music with a progressive spirit and a do-it-yourself approach that has kept Resistant Culture on a steady and evolving path that has moved and influenced musicians, other artists, and its growing fan base.
Resistant Culture hopes to be a positive and empowering response to the emptiness of most formats of modern music. Whereas all peoples were once tribal and singing along to songs that taught them stories of origin, balance, respect, and harmony with each other and the Earth, modernity's anthems are of waste, self-destruction, self-indulgence, cultural decline, and ecological negligence. While narcissism and nihilism have poisoned the spirits of all trapped within the sterile walls of industrial civilization, Resistant Culture hopes to provide an alternative approach that involves the reclamation of health, community, and autonomy on all levels. They look to the source of life, Mother Earth, for wisdom and strength and want more than anything else for all those influenced by their music to look under their feet and beyond the industrial horizon and reconnect with their long lost relatives, the Earth, the Sky, the Sun, and all of our relations. They want to provide the soundtrack for a new cultural uprising based on respect for nature and indigenous culture worldwide.
With all of our performance, art, recordings, and relations it is our passion to create networks based on love, a dark, fiery love that remains resistant.