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"Rezolution Rezonate With Lubbock Audience"

It's not often that one comes across an arena-worthy act at a small Lubbock club. Rezolution headlined the concert at Tokyo Joe's this past weekend, with Sheffield Drive and Johnny Handgun opening the show. Rezolution is on tour to support of their new LP and their self-titled full-length album. The band's latest single, "Rollercoaster," takes listeners on a melodic ride they'll want to experience time and time again.

The band Rezolution makes a visit to the Hub City. Shown are, from left, Chris Swimley, Cole Summers and Josh Summers.
Rezolution features Cole Summers singing lead vocals and playing guitar, bassist Josh Summers and drummer Chris Swimley. The Summers brothers and Swimley met at a party a few years ago in Salt Lake City. Rezolution initially was going to be a cover band, but decided they wanted to create their own music.

"We were going to cover Top 40 songs, but once we got started playing, we said 'let's just write some stuff and be a real band,'" Cole Summers said.

During sound check, the band warmed up to "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones, one of the many legendary bands Rezolution grew up enjoying. Cole and Josh Summers grew up in a musically-charged environment, with their parents influencing their early musical interests.

"My mom listened to Merle Haggard, and my dad really liked Led Zeppelin and The Righteous Brothers; a lot of old school rock music," Cole Summers said.

Rezolution's sound runs through the vein of early-90s rock, thanks in part to their taste for grunge-era bands.

"I was into Nirvana, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots," Swimley said. "Right now I'm listening to Ryan Adams, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Verve Pipe."

Cole Summers' guitar style is occasionally reminiscent of Jerry Cantrell's (Alice In Chains) unforgettable riffs. What stands out about Rezolution is that they actually incorporate guitar solos into their music — something mainstream music seems to be lacking.

"People sometimes don't really know how to take us because our sound is our own thing," Josh Summers said. "And people aren't used to hearing good music."

Rezolution played 150 shows last year and the band's relentless touring this year is paying off. Rezolution is wining over crowds nationwide, especially in Salt Lake City, and the band enjoys meeting new fans along the way.

"It's great going out and developing different fan bases," Cole Summers said.

The band's energy is contagious and their stage presence is remarkable. Cole's ear-to-ear smile while singing, Josh running through the crowd with bass in tow and Swimley's natural demeanor behind the drums make it obvious that this band enjoys what they're doing. It seems like nothing can get in the way of the force that is Rezolution — not even broken bones.

"I broke my hand; it got shut in a door," Josh Summers said. "We went off to play our first show, and that was when I decided to get it examined. The doctor said it was broken. We gave him a poster so he wouldn't put it in a full cast."

Words alone cannot do justice to the performance of Rezolution — the magic is in the music. Visit http://www.rezolutionrock.com to hear Rezolution. (Note: by clicking that link, you automatically will become a fan.)

-- TRACY D'ARCY
LubbockOnline.com
- Lubbockonline.com


"Salt Lake City's Best Newcomers"

Rezolution singer/guitarist Cole Summers had a decision to make: "I was doing a solo project out in Nashville and I decided I wanted to play baseball. My family had moved to Salt Lake from Phoenix, Ariz. So I enrolled at the University of Utah and moved to Utah."
But the baseball-career idea had a hard time standing up against music. "Once music is in your blood, it doesn't leave. So my brother and I decided to start a band."
Cole Summers and his brother, bassist Josh Summers, met drummer and Sacramento transplant Chris Swimley through a mutual friend. "Actually, Chris' roommate was our first guitarist," Cole Summers said. "But when we parted ways with the guitarist, it wasn't a good situation for Chris to be his roommate.
So we all decided to move in together, and that's basically how our band stuck together." Summers, whose influences include Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and Collective Soul, said he, his brother and Swimley held a group meeting and decided on a few goals. "We all have our pie-in-the-sky ideas," Summers said. "At one point or another most rock musicians want to be Mick Jagger. We decided, however, that we needed to get serious about how we could do the best with our potential. And what we do best is write songs and play live."
the music business, even if you're a locally based band playing all over the country, said Summers. "We have gigs everywhere, but it's been a challenge getting a following. But whether we play to five or 500 people, it doesn't matter. We just hope someone in the audience likes what they hear."
The band recently recorded a self-titled debut album. "We didn't give it a title because we're not big enough for a title," Summers said with a laugh.
Rezolution worked on the album for about year in the studio. "We had half the songs written, because they were some that I was doing for a solo project, but Josh and Chris also had some songs they wanted to do. And that's how we did it. We all took pieces of the songs and added to them." (The album will be available at the Zephyr show.)

Scott Iwasaki
Deseret News Music Editor - Deseret News


Discography

6 song EP released June 2004
"Rollercoaster" Debut June 2004 XM RADIO

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BAND OF BROTHERS

What do you get when you toss out the flannel and get inspired by post-grunge music? You get Rezolution.

Our story begins with two brothers, Cole and Josh Summers, meeting Chris Swimley at a party in Salt Lake City, Utah. When the trio initially met, they contemplated being a cover band, but inspiration took hold and the boys decided to create their own music. Drawing influence from bands such as Stone Temple Pilots, The Verve Pipe and The Rolling Stones, Rez has created a self-described “grunge-pop” sound.

Rezolution has played over 150 shows in the last year and are touring in support of Rezolution, their debut LP, as well as their new EP, which features “Rollercoaster” as the first single.
The band is working on the old rock cliché of ‘paying their dues’: hauling their own gear on and offstage each night, and blazing across state lines in their black tour van.

“We joke about putting an FBI decal on the van because it looks so official,” Cole Summers said.

Gimmicks, looking flashy and putting on an excessive stage show are elements that don’t have any place with Rezolution. The band is more concerned with what music is supposed to be about in the first place – connecting with people.

While writing Rezolution, Cole Summers would usually find a quiet place, and sit down with his notebook and guitar. Summers and his notebook are old acquaintances – his lyrics and his life mirror each other. While he writes alone, Summers’ words find mass appeal amongst anyone who has dealt with the fastballs life can throw.

“Mostly my writing deals with loss and dealing with life at its cruelest,” Cole Summers said. “I think people identify with that and want to feel like they are not alone with their own losses.”

Rezolution has taken the classic formula for a good song - a steady rhythm section, genuine lyrics and a searing guitar - and made it their own. What sets them apart from their contemporaries is the fact that the trio is authentic and fluent in their art.

Memorable guitar solos that seem to be missing from mainstream music have found their way to Cole Summers’ fingers. Josh Summers’ consistency and energy is enough to get anyone moving during a show. Chris Swimley has a natural essence about his playing – he knows when to let the guitar and bass have the spotlight, and when to work his way in with a thundering fill.

“We just want to play and be heard,” Cole Summers said. “We like to think people enjoy our music, so we’re definitely not going away anytime soon.”

The Summers brothers and Swimley have tapped a vein of rock that keeps on giving. The boys have developed a sound that is familiar, yet uniquely Rezolution. More importantly, the bandwagon is getting full as audiences across the nation are finding out that good music still exists - and it goes by the name of REZ.