|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.
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