Jason Bennett & the Resistance have just finished working with producer Benny Grotto in Mad Oak Studios on a 7-song EP entitled Heavy Weather and will release it on 27 September at a show with The Levellers at Brighton Music Hall. As of 30 July 2016, the record is out for mastering and the artwork is in progress! With a new line-up featuring Jeff Swann on Lead Guitar, Aria Rad (fmr. Radicals) on bass, and Matthew Bulmers Trainor (fmr. Radicals) on drums, the band’s new release takes a no-holds-barred approach to politics and passion. The music departs from earlier recordings by incorporating the influence of Elvis Costello-like melodies and harmonies with Bennett’s renowned Strummer-sounding vocals. Heavy Weather will be released on iTunes, plus vinyl and CD in Fall 2016.
JB&tR’s last EP, 2:59 to Salvation features the “impassioned earnest vocals, gritty guitars and machete-sharp social commentary” (The Noise) that Bennett has been known for since he fronted his last band, Suspect Device. “2:59 to Salvation” is as indebted to a folk tradition in the vein of Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg as it is to Bennett’s punk rock roots in the music of The Clash and The Bad Brains. 2:59, produced by Paul Q. Kolderie at Camp Street Studios, earned JB&R Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll Nomination in Spring 2011. Bennett’s 2008 release, Hope Dies Last continues to be a fan favorite and was also nominated for awards by both the Boston Music Awards’ committee, as well as the Boston Phoenix’s Best Music Poll.