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When in dire straits, call on your "Resident Hero"...
By Kenny Love
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Resident Hero is a Texas-based Modern Rock band that will release its sophomore recording nationally in January. The band is extremely popular throughout Texas, as well as ten outlying states. In its short life span of approximately 2-1/2 years, Resident Hero has garnered significant area media coverage through television, radio, and print interviews, as well as having developed a tremendous fan base. The band's web site is at I had the opportunity to speak with Drummer Jonathan Scott.

[Kenny Love] How long has Resident Hero been together, and how did you guys get together?

[Jonathan Scott] We formed the band in late 1996. We all met at a local talent show. Ryan's band beat mine. =( We talked after the show about playing together sometime. His drummer was losing interest and my band was breaking up. Within a month or so, we all got together and have been jamming ever since.

[Love] Was that the Budweiser annual try-outs?

[Scott] Nope. Just a high school thing...not too many Budweiser events.

[Love] Oh,, before this, what kind of experiences had you all had in regard to "live" performances?

[Scott] Very little experience. I had played a couple of talent shows in high school. Ryan hadn't done much of anything. Lang used to play all over the southern region when he was in college, touring with the cover band, Hot Wire. Of course, that was 68 years ago.

[Love] Wow! That's really interesting, because from watching and listening to you guys in television and radio interviews, I would never know that you hadn't been doing it for a while.

[Scott] Actually, it was never really too big of a deal. We are all just doing what we love to do and we just have a good time. I would have to say that everything is so natural when we hit the stage.

[Love] So, what are "live" performances like almost three years later for you guys? Are they getting easier?

[Scott] The crowds usually are pretty intense. Whether it's people jumping as high as they can in the air...or they're slamming their heads...or they're singing as loudly as they can, we definitely have the best fans around.

[Love] And, that brings up another question, naturally. How long did it take you guys to develop a following to the point of realizing you had something special? Was it instantaneous, or did it take you a few shows to develop it?

[Scott] First show we ever played was in Longview (Texas), which is a little town about 45 minutes away from home. Obviously, no one had ever heard of us at that point. But, the crowd went NUTS! We actually even played a few cover songs that night...a rarity. But, the crowd was yelling for us to play more originals because they liked them better than the covers! A very cool feeling! That was the last time we played so many covers. Now, we just do them for fun every once in a long while. So, yes, it was pretty instantaneous.

[Love] Wow! Any band should be so lucky! A lot of bands assume that rooms are going to prefer covers if they haven't heard of the act. I know you guys have great material, but do you also attribute your immediate acceptance to the fact that today it has become, primarily, an independent musician's world, so to speak?

[Scott] Being independent around here is actually pretty tough.

[Love] Do you mean within your own geographical area?

[Scott] Yeah.

[Love] How so, and why?

[Scott] We come from a town that, primarily, only listens to Top 40 that is being crammed down our throats. The fact that we can draw really good crowds to the shows is a very impressive feat.

[Love] Does your hometown crowd find it hard to accept the success you guys have attained so quickly?

[Scott] It's hard to be considered a "success" around here unless you're on the radio.

[Love] So, until your recording is released, what are you doing to try and win them over, so to speak?

[Scott] Nothing special. However, the local media has begun to consider us as a success because of our success outside this region...which is kind of backwards in my opinion, but oh well...

[Love] Well, you know how it seems to is almost always accepted away from home before being accepted at home. And, you're right...that does go against the assumed natural grain of hometown support. So, what are some of the outside successes you are having now?

[Scott] We are getting a lot of airplay in some college markets. In Austin, we are on the playlist on the AMN (Austin Music Network) with three videos in circulation. We also have a lot of radio and TV interviews in a lot of the surrounding cities and states. Obviously, we are gaining fans everywhere we go and play. That, to me, is success.

[Love] Jonathan, I realize this is a loaded question, but after viewing a Resident Hero concert, what is a prospective fan's opinion likely to be?

[Scott] That I'm the sexiest person in the band.

[Love] Uh, Dr. Trask, can you pass me some Tylenol for this kid? (laughing)

[Scott] You need something stronger than Tylenol. (laughing)

[Love] Uh, oh...hide the Chalupa.

[Scott] Seriously though...they should be blown away with our live show. We definitely leave them wanting more. Unfortunately, we are limited to an hour and a half or so. We can't play all of our stuff, which is kind of sad.

[Love] Well, I know firsthand what a great band you guys are... isn't your recording being released in January?

[Scott] It should be ready by then, yes. We are taking our time with the graphics and the sound. It is going to be perfect, even though you can't rush perfection. But, January is a good approximation.

[Love] And, a tour? Is that also in the works to support the recording?

[Scott] You bet. We'll definitely hit the road and make sure every one in America knows who Resident Hero is. They deserve to know. We love the fans and also love meeting new people. So, touring is a given.

[Love] Well, Jonathan, I am wishing you guys all the certainly are deserving of it. I appreciate you taking the time out of your schedule to speak with me about Resident Hero.

[Scott] Thank you for your time as well.

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