10 Questions with ... Remedy Drive
June 25, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- David Zach (keys, guitar, vocals)
- Tim Jones (drums)
- Corey Horn (bass)
- Dave Mohr (guitar)
- Centricity Music
- Resuscitate (2012)
1) There have been changes in the line-up. Briefly introduce the members of the band, using muscial background and role in the band.
Timmy Jones brings an intensity and intricacy to the drums and the stage and is the heartbeat of the new album. He's from Memphis. Dave Mohr is from Chicago and brings a new riff-driven guitar sound with an attention to delays and effects but more so tone that is a great new sound that touches on the roots of what has always made Remedy Drive guitars what they are. Corey Horn from Florida on the bass brings an energy and passion to the stage. His harmony blends so well.
2) Your debut record Resuscitate with Centricity will be coming out this fall. What can a listener expect to hear sonically on the new album? How is it different from past projects?
Resuscitate is going to remind listeners of previous records while moving several new directions at once. Several songs are much more riff-driven and raw than anything we've ever put out before - the title track being a stand out. Timmy's drumming reminds me of 1969.
But when we get mellow on this album we get really mellow. "God I Hope So" is quietly captivating; you can hear the piano bench creaking as part of a sad symphony. But then there are some 140 beats per minute tunes like "Glory" and "Don't Forget," along with "Better Than Life" that will have the crowd jumping. Those songs took cues from "Daylight" for the energy and feel. Overall, I think the album takes our sound from previous records and moves it, not in one direction but in several directions all at once. Yet it's all tied together by the consistency of the piano throughout.
3) Is there a message to the songs on the new album? Do you craft an album so that the songs work toward a singular point/theme?
The songs are written about life and about what I was going through over the last couple years. The common theme and idea woven through them is the lyric found in the title track and in the song "Lost Cause": "I might be lost but I'm not a lost cause." This album is about looking for answers when everything seems to be falling apart. It's about asking for new life and a fresh start when I've reached the end of my abilities. Sometimes over the past couple years it felt like I'm a lost cause. I know what it's like to be given up on, even to give up on myself. This record is a reminder that it's not too late to resuscitate me.
4) What's the story behind the first AC/CHR single "Better Than Life"?
When I feel like I'm barely breathing, like my heart is barely breathing, this is a song about a love that is better than life. Then only love that can revive my spirit and wake this soul within me. It's a prayer and a reminder: "I need you to keep my heart beating." There is a love that can set the heart on fire again, a love that sustains me when I'm exhausted, that regains me when I'm lost. It's the same love that holds the stars in the sky that keeps me alive. I love the how the Psalm says, "Your love is better than life," so this song "Better Than Life" is my attempt to put that into my own words.
5) Do you have a favorite song on the new album?
"God I Hope So" is the best song on the album. It's my favorite and the most honest song that I've ever written.
6) Do you have any inspiring or humorous stories from radio visits, in recent days or days gone by?
I don't really have any that I can think of.
7) Are there any summer tour plans in the works? Will you be hitting the festival circuit?
This summer we're playing a dozen or so festivals and doing a bunch of our own dates as well. We're gearing up for a fall tour starting in September, called the "Remedy Drive Resuscitate" album release tour.
8) What song do you wish you had written?
"With or Without You" by U2
9) Fill in the blank. I can't start the day without:
10) Do you have much time to check out other artists' music? What are you listening to right now?
Vice Verses by Switchfoot, Mumford, Brandon Flowers and Andrew Peterson are my current favorites.