The Resource Network: Revitalizing Midwestern Punk
The term Punk goes far beyond a genre or style of music. Punk is something raw and real. Something based in community. Something of Do-it-yourself charisma that leads groups of people into wildly creative endeavours. Punk is a matter-of-factness within the world of expressionism.
The Resource Network are representatives of budding Punk rejuvenation. The Indiana-based quartet have become a mainstay in the Indiana/Midwest music and DIY cultures and toured through Canada last month to support their latest tape “Psychographics”, released via Quality Time Records out of Cleveland. The seven song tape is just around 15 minutes in length and barrels you into tangled yet brilliantly melodic guitar work, writhing bass rhythms and quick-witted lyricism. A mere thrust in comparison to what a live show is like with this group on stage.
The Resource Network is made up of Alex
Beckman (Guitar, Vocals), Pat Maloney (Guitar, Vocals), Jake Kelly (Bass,
Vocals) and Reid Markus (Drums). Last month I sat down with the band to talk
about their formation, inspirations, the local music scene and more.
How did you all come together to play music as “The
Resource Network”? I know that a handful of you guys went to school together…
but how did this current band end up forming?
Pat: Well… we all played in a band called “Video Grave”. That was kind of a
high school band. All of us went to the same high school… except for Jake. Alex
and I started playing guitar around the same time in school and kinda started
jamming. I think I started a year or so before him. I was originally going to
play drums in “Video Grave”… but we ended up finding Reid who we knew was a
kick ass drummer.
Jake: I had already been playing with Reid and Alex in another band and the
bassist in “Video Grave” at the time ended up moving to DC. So I essentially
came in from there.
Pat: We essentially just wanted to start fresh… but with the same guys in
the band. Which is where “The Resource Network” comes about. We wanted to make
new songs. Take it more seriously… and keep the creativity that we had with
each other present. As the four of us had really good chemistry.
So Jake… how did you come about meeting Alex and Reid
if you were already in a band with them prior to entering “Video Grave”?
Jake: I met Alex at a “Twin Peaks” show, actually. In Bloomington. We had a
mutual friend we were hanging out with at the show.
Alex: Shortly after that we just started making some music together. We liked
similar stuff. After a while it just made sense for Jake to hop in with “Video
Grave”… with the rest of us.
Seeing as you guys have spent a lot of time with each
other musically… who are some collective artists/bands that this band takes
Alex: The sounds for this group were heavily impacted by “Uranium Club”,
“Parquet Courts”, and “Omni”.
Jake: When someone asks me, personally, “what’s the biggest influence” for
“The Resource Network”… I say “Uranium Club” immediately.
Pat: We recently had played with “Aquarium”.. and the drummer for “Aquarium”
is the drummer for “Uranium Club” and that was a surreal moment. It was nuts.
Omni is one of my favorite bands… so I completely
understand that. So, when did you guys figure out that you were all musically
connected? When do you all know that this was it?
Jake: For me, I knew they were a local band… and they were my age. That was
really cool to me. So, when I met Alex I figured out we had a lot of the same
influences. I would say a festival we played called “Dumb Fest” is what really
got me into Punk music. I saw so many acts that I thought were awesome and I
started listening to it more.
Pat: Alex and I always went to concerts together when we were younger. In
middle school we bonded over “Cage The Elephant” quite a bit. We have been
pretty aware of our influences and other things with each other for quite a
Alex: We didn’t really play Punk in “Videograve”, it wasn’t as “Punk” as what
we do now. But, just as we continued with the same lineup into a new band… just
goes to show that we grew into how we all approach music.
Jake: We found that Punk and the people surrounding it create such a… niche
That actually leads perfectly into my next question…
What are you guys seeing in the local DIY scene in Indianapolis/Central
Indiana… and in the Midwest as a whole?
Pat: There are just a lot of good bands in Indiana, man. The thing is there
isn’t a huge scene here, everyone knows each other. Musicians come out to other
musician’s shows. Everyone supports each other… and people outside of this area
are hearing it too. People know good stuff is coming out of here. Someone in
Birmingham, Alabama said to me, “Yo, man. Indiana has some good shit coming out
of it”. People are witnessing it.
Jake: There is a lot of stuff coming out of the Midwest. A lot of good punk,
specifically. But… Indiana Punk is Indiana Punk. I think we have hit the sweet
spot here. There’s always been a good Punk scene in Indiana.
Alex: Like The Zero Boys, The Coneheads, etc.
One of my best friends… her father is the drummer for
The Zero Boys. After learning that… it was a great introduction for me. Into
the sounds that have been coming out of here for a long time.
Continuing on… what’s the songwriting process
for you guys? How does that come about?
Alex: Pat and I write most of the songs. I’ll take parts of a song I have… or
what I think may be a complete song and let Pat run over it. Put his two cents
in. Then Jake and Reid add what they think sounds good with what we have
written so far. Adding their own sounds to it.
Jake: Sometimes we just play. We just play something and feel it out. Based
off of what Pat and Alex have already constructed.
Alex: We all respect each other as musicians. We all respect what we all can
do for the band.
Reid: I think we all channel each other and our inspirations very well. We
approach that very well. We utilize all of that to help make the best songs we
can. I personally take a lot from the likes of Devo and early 70’s punk. So I
kind of take that into how I work with our music.
Alex: I think it’s really cool that people can pick out our influences within
Pat: At the end of it though, we aren’t those bands. We are our own entity.
We make it all our own.
Well said, gentleman. Anything else?
Alex: Listen to the tape.
Jake: Yep. Listen to the tape.
You can listen to “Psychographics” on The
Resource Network’s BandCamp here.