High-energy rock band, Remedy Drive, is poised to release its debut project on Centricity Music September 18, 2012. Resuscitate features three new members of the group; Timmy Jones/drums, Dave Mohr/guitar, Corey Horn/bass, and frontman David Zach who is the only remaining original member. The album, produced by Pete Kipley (Matthew West, Kutless, MercyMe), offers ten new songs that were co-written by the band.
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This Band is Breathing Again| Posted August 13, 2012
After over a year of major changes and reinvention, Remedy Drive releases Resuscitate to anxiously awaiting fans. In late 2010, frontman David Zach's brothers decided to leave life on the road, giving their blessing to continue on with the band, but leaving three empty spots. Zach was determined to find bandmates worthy to fill that void and according to longtime fans, he has. Releasing their first full-length album as a new foursome, Remedy Drive has proven they're not going anywhere and is poised to continue their mission of breathing life into a dying world.
With the first listen of track 1, "Better Than Life," it's immediately clear the unique sound of Remedy Drive hasn't diminished, even with all the recent changes. The song opens with the pretty plunking of a piano, quickly followed by symphonic electric guitars and drums. As Zach's familiar voice sings the passionate chorus, "I need You / You keep my heart beatin' / I need You / You keep my lungs breathin' / Cuz Your love is better than life," the unmistakable melodic, piano-driven rock and hopeful lyrics leave the listener reassured of the band's faithfulness to their original sound.
Title track and first single "Resuscitate Me" starts out with crunchy guitars and has more of a rock vibe than some others on the album. With a background chorus, Zach's gritty voice sings to God, "I need You to save me / It's not too late to resuscitate me / Don't let go / Your touch awaits me / It's not too late to resuscitate me!" As the energy builds and song progresses, it's clear this is definitely one of Remedy Drive's hardest songs on the album, which rock lovers will enjoy. With some of the guitar riffs, drum beats, and distorted vocals, this song could even be mistaken for something you might hear from Switchfoot.
Even with slower tracks like "God I Hope So", "What Are We Waiting For" and "Crystal Sea", lyrics continue to remain hopeful with an uplifting energy all their own. Containing a prevalence of piano and soaring guitar, every song has a solid truth for listeners to hold on to and be reminded of God's love for them, no matter what the world may bring their way.
"Glory" definitely has an electronic dance vibe that will get any audience moving, while final track, "Hold On," reverts back to the familiar piano-rock sound. As Zach is joined by a chorus of voices singing, "When everything is broken / Everything is gone / When there's nothing left to hold on to / You give me something better / More than just a feeling / You give me something real to hold on to", leaving us with the reminder that God is the only constant in our lives and He is all we need.
Despite the many changes and adjustments David Zach has had to make over the past year and a half to keep his vision for Remedy Drive alive, Resuscitate is evidence that the new foursome is on track to continue what was originally started over 10 years ago. While each new bandmate brings their own unique musicianship to the table, the familiar piano-driven melodies and hopeful lyrics that set Remedy Drive apart from their peers, remains front and center. After listening to Resuscitate, loyal and longtime fans can rest easy knowing the sound they've grown to love is still in good hands.
Remedy Drive: Resuscitate review| Posted September 17, 2012
I remember the very first time I heard Remedy Drive's radio single "All Along." I learned that the at-the-time Word Records band had previously released six independent projects in ten years, but they had just begun to receive the recognition they deserved in 2008. Daylight is Coming was the band's only full-length project with Word Records, but it also featured two other popular radio singles. Together, Remedy Drive released a few singles and EPs here and there before becoming independent again in 2010, when their contract with Word Records ended. During this time, three of the Zach brothers decided to leave the band, and three new amazing members joined soon after.
As a big fan of Centricity Music, I was very excited to read of Remedy Drive's sign to Centricity's artist roster earlier this year. The band began sharing sneak peeks, lyric videos, and press photos that led me to believe that their label debut, Resuscitate would be their best project to date. It turns out, I was correct in my assumption.
The radio single from Resuscitate, "Better Than Life" is a fantastic opening for the band's rebirthing album. Remedy Drive immerses the listener into their piano rock that makes their music a hit, along with the powerful Christ-centered message that we simply cannot live a moment without God's power in our lives. The vocal repetition and choppy lyrics (something that I am very fond of), helps make the single into a great sing-along as well.
Though "Better Than Life" is one of the best tracks off the album, the rest of the album is not any less awesome. "Lost Cause," a little more upbeat than the opening track, features chanting vocals from the rest of the band members, stating that: "I might be lost, I might be broken, but I'm not a lost cause," and reminding us that even though we feel lost and broken sometimes, Jesus sees us for who He created us to be.
The rocking title track of sorts, "Resuscitate Me" follows, being apt for the band's reformation. The band's lead singer, David Zach screams a bit through the chorus and his vocals are muffled, which sound fantastic. Add to this the grunge guitars, guitar screams, and lead guitar and you get a superb track, one that I can only imagine how it must sound live in concert! Another cool aspect of the track is the bridge, which refers to the previous track, "Lost Cause." They definitely make a point to reiterate the message of this new album. "Resuscitate Me" is, all-around, an awesome rock track!
The first mellow track on the record is "God, I Hope So," which has an emotional feature to it. David Zach's vocals are very soft, speaking of when his three brothers announced their leave of the band: "Maybe this is just the way it had to be/ maybe there's a beauty in this tragedy/ I don't know, but I hope so..." The beautiful piano really helps this track to shine through on the album.
Contemporary in sound, "What Are We Waiting For" addresses the fight against complacency. Though the track is nice and soft, the bridge is the real highlight, while deep, soft vocals sing "We don't look back, we don't look back." Similar in message, "Don't Forget" challenges the listener to never forget how special they are in the eyes of God. It's something we all forget from time to time, so this is a great reminder in rocky form.
"Make It Bright" is the other track that Remedy Drive previewed early, and it is easily my very favorite track off the Resuscitate album. The piano rock track has a haunting beginning to it with shredding guitars and David's amazing vocals, a prayer that God would "light a spark in the dark and make it bright in me!" There is a lead-guitar/haunting piano instrumental for the bridge, which always helps to spice things up in a rock track like this. Definitely, "Make it Bright" is the best track off the album!
Based on Revelation 21 and 22, "Crystal Sea" contemplates the wonderful day when we will sing around the throne in heaven and encourages the listener to forget about their problems here on earth and take a few minutes to think about that glorious day. "Glory," second to the closing track, has a dance atmosphere to it, with its electronic backing. Its lyrics, however, are highly worshipful, making for a very fun but Christ-centered track. The album then closes with "Hold On," from their 2011 independent release Light Makes A Way. It's so good to hear this track again on this new album Remedy Drive.
Remedy Drive has been together for many years, but now as a new-old band, their future is very bright. Their Resuscitate album is definitely their greatest release to date, and I see many accolades and awards in store for this band and this new album, which gets better with every listen.
Resuscitate| Posted October 24, 2012
Resuscitate is the best album Remedy Drive has put out by far. With the song that will touch everyones heart in one way or another. From the up beat song called Make it Bright, to the slower but powerfull song God I Hope So. This is an album that will not disapoint anyone.
Mixed Feelins| Posted September 25, 2012
I have to say that as a Remedy Drive fan (their CD is constantly on replay on my ipod) I was a little disapointed with this release. As a music fan, I enjoyed it, though. It was a well-written, well thought out CD that had a balance of harder rock songs and softer, thoughtful songs. Why I was disapointed was a lot of the CD was a different sound completely than I am used to from Remedy Drive. Not a bad thing, just not the "always on repeat" sort of album that I was expecting.
Resuscitate.| Posted September 17, 2012 Remedy Drive according to people are best when it comes to performances on stage and maybe they should just drop a LIVE album cos that wouldnt hurt. The songs on the album will be great during a live show but most of the songs don't appear so great on the cd or lets say the studio versions of these songs.
One thing i can say for sure is that Resuscitate is a grower, it actually grows on you because i remember first listening to the album and not getting into it, i had just about two or three songs that i could say good things about but with time that changed, again why i said they will make a good live band (although they already are a great band to see according to fans).
Glad I Pre-Ordered this one| Posted September 11, 2012
This album is so good! I didn't hear one song I didn't like. I'm so glad I pre-ordered it and can't wait for it to get here! I saw them in concert back in July, and they put on a great show! Altogether awesome band!
Great Album| Posted September 11, 2012
I'm more of a fan of Remedy Drive's first two albums: Rip Open the Skies and Daylight Is Coming. The lyrical content of which resembles a worship song and the extremely catchy hooks made both purly amazing albums. While the musical content is not of the catchy calibur of the first two, it does deliver. As with any artist the music style has changed over time. After two full lenght albums and two EP's, Remedy Drive delivers an album more on the side of Contemporary Christian with a hint of pop/rock rather then a full blown alternative rock album as in the past. Lyrically it delivers on nearly the same level as before, glorifying God in every avenue and never ceasing to realize how much we need Him