Think Lenny Kravitz’s rock band meets Weezer, which then meets Blondie...and the
Based out of New York City, The Secret Resistance is a rock trio consisting of: Jackie Wells (Vocals), Chris Scianni (Guitars), and Dave Borla (Drums). All three have been working on a single, covert mission: To produce and record songs in preparation for a potential first album.
With an uncanny physical resemblance to Debbie Harry from Blondie, Jackie Wells serves up the main duties as the lead singer for The Secret Resistance. She originally hails from the state of Virginia, but yet fits in well with this highly urban trio. Jackie’s vocals have all the goods to sound like a modern-day version of Blondie or Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. However, her sound is unique enough that she can take full ownership of it in The Secret Resistance.
The great versatility and rock sense that The Secret Resistance has can be highly attributed to the musical talent and experience that both Dave Borla and Chris Scianni bring to the band. As accomplished artists in their own rights, Dave Borla and Chris Scianni are the duo from the group, Dangerman (Sony 550), which produced a unique, first and only self-entitled debut album, which received wide and well-deserved critical acclaim by Rolling Stone Magazine circa 1999. Other past notable projects by Dave and Chris include groups like, Echobrain with Jason Newsted (former bassist of Metallica), Tangiers Blues Band, Big Blue Squid, G13, Cooley High, and the John McEnroe Band. What? Yes, that is correct. The great, legendary tennis star, John McEnroe, was the lead singer and guitar player for his own band that was on tour in the mid to late nineties.
The Secret Resistance’s songs are full of amicable as well as disparate flavors to choose from. In describing Resistance’s songs and trying to come up with a former and/or current rock artist comparable, think Lenny Kravitz’s rock band meets Weezer, which then meets Blondie, and then finally meets up with Dangerman. With that said and taking aside the analogous, rendezvous-like comparisons, the possibilities are endless on the numbers of different sounds that The Secret Resistance can creatively conjure up. A song like “Sweet Darlin,’” is extremely reminiscent of the seventies group, Blondie, while the “Star” sheds a retro take with a sixties psychedelic vibe. Yet, aside from these two songs, with the talents of Scianni and Borla, The Secret Resistance’s sound can be magically altered once again to sound more up to date with “Carelessly” along with “Nothin’ Feels Good (Parts 1 & 2)”. Finally, “First Real” is a song that Jackie takes full command of for showcasing her talent as a lead singer.
With the scarcity surrounding the lack of female lead vocalists fronting bands today, The Secret Resistance fills a much-needed void in today’s current rock music scene. With performance gigs currently in New York City, the once clandestine trio will be highly suspect to increasing their visibility.