Artists you should know: Republik

May 7, 2009 

Republik is a hard-rocking Fresno band with something to say.

Chock full of politically charged, socially conscious messages, the band's debut CD, "For Which We Stand," is set for release next week and includes the songs "All Out War" and "New World Disorder."

The band will celebrate with a release party at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave., at 9 p.m. May 15. Cover is $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

We talked to frontman Ben Lowrey to learn more about Republik. Tell us the CliffsNotes version of the Republik story. Simply put, we're four everyday guys who want to create raw and powerful music, inspiring a movement not just on a physical level, but on a mental level, as well.

Describe your style and influences. It's safe to say, you'll find an ambitious range of styles that are touched on in the new album. In the band, we all have different influences, but those influences allowed us the opportunity to create an album that keeps you guessing from start to finish.

Politically charged rock, there's not a whole lot of that here. Are you trying to be Fresno's Rage Against the Machine? No. RATM are a rare gift in the music world, and it's strange when people compare us to them. Musically, we're spectrally opposite. It's probably because our lyrical content reaches outside of what many people are currently used to hearing.

What's the best thing about your live show? The all-around energy. From us. From the crowds. Our goal is to get on stage every show and play with as much heart as we can. Accordingly, we try to inspire as much "controlled chaos" as is possible.

What should people expect from your CD that's coming out next week? Something different. Too much of today's music seems to stay within certain boundaries and guidelines and we made a conscious effort to stay away from that with this album. Ambitious and direct, the album speaks for itself.

You must be pretty excited to get it released. What's next? Absolutely. From here, we have a ton of ideas. For now though, we're just focused on promoting this album and keeping the live shows intense.

Besides the show, where can people pick up the CD? "For Which We Stand" will be available at various stores here in Fresno and we're planning on launching online sales after the release. And all the latest word on that can be found at myspace.com/republiklive.

Know a local musician that more people should be familiar with? Send the who and why to Mike Osegueda, mosegueda@fresnobee.com.

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