Techno Week 4: “Eye of the Storm”
As techno progressed as a genre and culture, it tended to drift in two mostly contradictory directions. On the one hand, we had the drug-fueled rave music from the UK, which put a more carnivalesque tinge to the music. On the other hand, music from Detroit often deepened and darkened the sound and themes of classic techno. Underground Resistance is probably the most political and hard-edged group in the history of techno, at least as far as I’m aware. They refuse to be photographed in full view and claim the power to enact “sonic revolution.” As they say on their website:
Techno is a music based in experimentation; it is music for the future of the human race. Without this music there will be no peace, no love, no vision.
While that statement might seem optimistic, it comes loaded with complementary militancy. I tend to be skeptical of musicians who claim to be able to foment revolution with sound alone––rightfully, I believe––nothing can obscure the clarity and strength of conviction UR brings to its music.