Reviewed by Paul A. Rose,
Daylight Is Coming by Remedy Drive
"For fans of alternative rock of any flavor."
From the first few chord progressions blasting out the stereo, you can see why producer Ian Eskelin (Code of Ethics, All Star United) and WORD Records picked up this veteran independent band of brothers.
Remedy Drive is made up of the four Zach brothers – Paul, David, Philip & Daniel – and has been touring on their own for five years with a rather unique high-energy live rock show.
Their debut album Daylight is Coming is at once starkly personal and hopeful, declaring loudly the thoughts many Christians feel inside, but may be afraid to voice to themselves and others. The CD hits hard right out with the first track, “Stand Up” about rejecting the inner voices that try to pull us down and keep us focused on fear rather than the faith that sustains us.
The second track, “Daylight,” whose chorus supplies the album’s title, is an excellent example of the theme of hope that infiltrates the entire album. Drawing on, but revitalizing a couple of old clichés, the band points out that while things may look bad now, Daylight is coming, and the night will soon fade with the dawn
It is reinforced a couple of songs later with the aptly titled, “Hope,” which reminds us, “Being our strength when our hearts run out of faith… Hope is with me in my time of trouble/When it all comes crashing down she will stay/By my side digging through the rubble/She’s not giving up – not giving up – not giving up… In a cold dark night, she’s not giving/Not giving up… Hope, I can’t live without you.”
In “Get to Know You,” the band opens up the door for a quest to find the real Jesus, the real God, “More than just what I’ve been told.” Writer Paul Zach points out that what he’s heard, he’s “never really known,” and he “was so close… How could I be so right but still be so wrong? …Like a tune I’ve only heard about.”
In “Something Made to Last,” the brothers reflect on some of the lessons of Ecclesiastes in the modern rock world, determined not to be “…satisfied in my plastic paradise.” Rejecting the best of the temporary things, they declare, “There must be something more for us… A Kingdom’s coming/That stops running/Won’t ever fade away.”
One of the best tracks on the album is an anthem rivaling Matt Redman’s “Heart of Worship” and DC Talk’s “What If I Stumble?” where Remedy Drive questions “What Happens (At The End)” “What happens when the song I sing doesn’t make me feel a thing/And everything I have to bring is borrowed and rehearsed/What happens when the music ends – I’m too tired to pretend/That who I am and who I’ve been could ever get along…”
The band continues that painful revelation with “Heartbeat,” “Living without/The one thing that I require/What a mess/Passionless/Somewhere, I lost the fire/Oh my, my/Where has it gone?/Can anybody turn this beat back on?” But once again the hope rises, as the they recognize that when you cry out to God for help, He will answer you, “The pulse is back again/It’s grace in my veins – replacing the pain/Bringing me back from the dead… I can see You heard me cry emergency/Screaming out for help/You saved me from myself…”
And above all else in the album, Remedy Drive praises the source of their hope in “All Along,” “The Sunshine Above the Weather,” and “Valuable,” where they turn the tables, presenting Jesus’ side. “The scar in my side says/As the sea is wide my love is more so/I’m everything you need/Don’t you know the blood I bleed?/It’s for you – don’t you know? …You’re so valuable.”
There is one other element of the lyrical style that I personally enjoyed – the band talks about Jesus throughout the album, without once mentioning him by name – in the style of our Savior himself – for those who have ears, let them hear.
Throughout the album, the guitars
crunch, the drums crash and the beat rolls on, this is definitely rock
and roll, in the vein of Mettalica or Sanctus
Real. The careful listener will see the subtle hand of Eskelin in some of
the work, but he largely pulls back, allowing Remedy Drive’s own flavor
to largely dominate the album. For fans of alternative rock of any flavor,
I would highly recommend this Remedy Drive CD, and I have a feeling we’ll
be seeing a lot more of these guys in the future.
Paul A. Rose, Jr. is a writer-producer working in Southwest Florida. He served as the Senior Television Editor for Infuze Magazine (limited archives available at http://infuzeremembered.1330productions.com/) and has also written articles for RelevantMagazine.com. He is currently co-writing a teen zombie romance film, Undead Heartache, that he hopes to begin shooting soon. You can follow the film’s progress at UndeadHeartache.com.