David Zach: We started playing together in high school. I had written a few songs back in the day around the idea that we are all in need of a remedy that will last. Remedy Drive points toward the only hope that will truly cure our longing to be part of something else. And it's the road we want to be on ourselves as well.
David: The creative process is something that comes with a lot of work, a lot of trial and error. Left to ourselves, we would still be the indie jam band with ten minute instrumentals and electronica. So, as brothers, creating songs that are more pop-rock, and only three minutes long, has been a journey. We all have the same end goal - to be able to keep making music for a living. That's the glue that really holds us together. Roles in the band have shifted and continue to shift now that we have a manager, record label, publicist, road manager, booking agent and other new partners behind us. We've all acted in each of those roles in the past. But there are always jobs no one wants to do. Figuring out who is responsible for one of those new jobs is always tough. Figuring out how to decide on a final lyric, tune, or guitar part is sometimes tough as well. It's all part of the learning curve, and it has a lot to do with making sure everyone in the band knows they are respected and that their opinion matters. You'd think as brothers we would agree on a majority of musical choices, but there are a lot of polar opinions among us. The beauty of having a band with my three brothers is figuring out how to affirm each other even though we have different ways of doing things - trial by fire as they say.
David: I always go back to Keith Green. He made the piano come alive for me. I didn't hear a U2 album until I was 15 years old, and it changed my life. The echo pedal The Edge uses makes me feel alive in a strange way. We also listened to a ton of Mannheim Steamroller growing up (when I was five or so). I could name twenty others, but those are a few of interest that had a long term impact.
David: I wrote a lot of songs with Ian. He was one of the first guys I met in Nashville, and we went out for coffee. I thought everyone was kidding when they said that even if you are just sitting around with Ian you'll end up writing a song together. We actually wrote some lyrics together in that coffee shop. I listened to some of his solo stuff and his band as well and enjoyed it. I think he is exactly what we needed in our situation - someone that can reign in our jam band tendencies and help us focus on making songs that connect with people. There was always concern that we'd be turned into a pop band once we signed with a label. Ian was incredible in his commitment to protecting our identity and sound, while pushing us to make every note and lyric count. We were really excited that the first full minute of our album is instrumental, and there are also two sections of instrumental jam on our first radio single.
David: I am honestly desperate for a real hope. I can sing and talk about it, but at the end of the day, it seems like my hope is more in rock and roll, health insurance, or the security of my family. I want my hope to be in something permanent. I want to figure out what it means to keep watch for the dawn rather than being content to fumble around in the twilight. All of us have gone through a ton in the past five years. We all have our own personal failures and situations that have let us down. And every time I open a newspaper, I read of fires, cyclones, mudslides, hurricanes and floods destroying dreams. Likewise, when I look inside my heart I see the same kind of disaster - floods like David the psalmist talks about: "the waters have come up even to my soul." Everything is falling apart, and if my hope is in everything, then what do I have left when it erodes? It's slipping like water through our hands - the world and all our dreams. So I think the defining two lines of the album are "hope is...by my side digging through the rubble - not giving up" and "hold on - daylight is coming." I want to be at a place where I know that if I lose everything I still have something to put my hope in.
David: I know that there is a kingdom coming - even when rock music lets me down, even when the American dream lets me down - even when I let myself down. There is something I'm longing for that no eye has seen, nor ear has heard. I can't even imagine what my King has in store for me. I know there is hope for change in my heart too, even when I seem the most broken.
David: I like the idea of a rock concert acting like a defibrillator--the thing someone looks back on and says "something started in my life that night that won't stop running." Sometimes it seems like my heart isn't beating for anything that's real - when I want it to beat in the rhythm of a kingdom song.
David: I like "Daylight." I wrote it right around the time my daughter was born. I actually came up with some of the lyrics while the sun rose in the delivery room right before her birth. Bono says, "why so dark before the morning, why the pain before a child is born?" So the metaphor is really strong for me.
David: There were a lot of ideas for an album cover on the table, but no one was blown away by any of them. We all wanted something spectacular but didn't end up finding it. Then someone said "hey this white cover looks really clean and epic." So we all went with it.
David: I started getting really bored at shows about two years ago, playing the same songs and just standing there. So, we slowly started adding more things. I saw Jon Foreman jump off a drum and heard Elton John used to stand on his grand piano back in the day. We don't have the money for a huge light show with special effects, but we still want our show to be spectacular. So we're always looking for new ways to make things interesting. The Blue Man group has also played a role in coming up with ideas. We don't want it to be too planned out either, so none of the stuff is rehearsed. Sometimes, I'll try something spur of the moment that we end up doing the next few months.
David: If you go to our YouTube, there is a video called "Dave takes a good fall." I slipped on the drums and fell five feet off the riser onto the deck. Then I jumped back up and slit my face open on a cymbal. That's about as bad as it's gotten so far. We had a stage cave in on us once, but no one was hurt. It is the inanimate members of Remedy Drive that take the worst beating. I'm missing the low F string on my piano, both low C strings, and now the high D string which is crucial for playing "Daylight." I spend a lot of time doing surgery on gear - screws fall out, a guitar brakes in half. Phil always breaks bass strings. I fell into the drums once and snapped a hoop on the kick. Paul threw his guitar once but was standing on the cord so it came right back down. Dan probably breaks 3 or 5 sticks per show on drums. But all of our bones are intact so far. My face is still healing and will leave a little scar. If it does happen that someone breaks a leg or falls down and it gets ugly, I only hope someone immortalizes the moment on film.
David: Hideout at the Rutledge was our first show ever in Nashville. It was really fun because we knew everyone there was a music lover and would be able to help get the word out about our music to other music lovers. For instance, there were some people from Europe there that want to bring us over some time. That would be a dream - playing rock music internationally.
David: God has been teaching me that I can't do it on my own. I need His word, the same word that formed the stars, to make light shine in my heart, to make that broken, empty, lifeless thing brand new again.
David: After five years of playing music full time and two years of writing and recording songs, it's really exciting that our album is finally out for people to see and hear. It's been a long time coming.
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