Friday, October 24, 2008

Remedy Drive: playing for hope and Invisible Children Inc.

Words by Melody Stone, rock journalist (for the Eureka Reporter)

David Zach, the lead singer and guitarist for Remedy Drive, said in a phone interview, “I would hope that when we come to Eureka next week that for an hour we can put aside our worries about the economy and the war, and we can come together and celebrate the fact that we have a second chance. Not to worry about our failure, not to worry about tomorrow.” That’s what he thinks a rock concert should do.

Zach and his three brothers started Remedy Drive in 1998. Five years ago, they decided to go into music full time. They just released their first album on record label Word Records in August. The album’s called “Daylight is Coming,” and the songs are about hope. While the band members come from a faith-based background, Zach said he shies away from the label “Christian.”

“Our songs are about hope. We’re singing about something more than rock music. I don’t want to deter anyone from enjoying our music by putting a label on it. I want the music to speak for itself,” he said. Zach believes the word “Christian” has too much baggage associated with it these days, and he wants his music to be accessible for all.

Accessibility was something they were thinking about when crafting “Daylight is Coming.” Remedy Drive strove to make the songs catchy and accessible while maintaining their own identity. They wanted to avoid formulaic pop, but still have the CD be something new listeners could enjoy.

Zach describes Remedy Drive as rock with heavy piano influence, and cites The Killers, Muse and U2 as some of his favorite bands.

“I hope that we covered some new territory in this album sonically and lyrically. It’s a step toward a more poppy sound. The songs are shorter and hopefully we are figuring out how to write a catchy song,” said Zach.

The show on Monday isn’t the first Remedy Drive concert in Humboldt County. They’ve been through Humboldt County a few times before, and Zach said the last time they played here they drew a crowd of about 300. He hopes for a turnout of about that size this time. The show is a benefit for the nonprofit group Invisible Children Inc., an organization that raises funds and awareness for Uganda’s child soldiers. Inspired by a documentary of the same name, the organization was set up to allow people to respond to the tragedies depicted in the film.

Opening for Remedy Drive is local indie band Ustace. Tristin Roberts, the lead singer of Ustace, said this will probably be Ustace’s last show. It is also their first show after a long hiatus.

(Melody Stone can be reached at mstone@eurekareporter.com or 707-269-7437.)

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