Bad Remedy will change the way you think of classic rock music. With an almost Southern rock vibe, Dayne Sauder (vocals/acoustic guitar), Alex Mayer (guitar/vocals), Riley Beaire (guitar/vocals), Jon Banks (bass/unclean vocals), and Kevin Cuthbertson (drums/vocals/acoustic guitar) have fused old styles with new to establish a provocative new sound. It is not your parent’s rock and roll, but a cutting-edge brew of everything you like in music. Bad Remedy is the stuff hard rock dreams are made of.
A community comes together. Bad Remedy has one of the most dedicated fan bases around, frequently joining them to support the community they live in. Early in November, Bad Remedy offered their time and talent to raise money for Emma, a kindergarten student in their neighborhood who suffers from a rare form of kidney cancer. Mayer said, “We try to do at least one or two of those types of events every year. I mean, it obviously struck home a little bit because she is from our hometown. We’ve always done benefits, and we do a lot of acoustic stuff, so it felt a little piece of us we could give.” The artists still wear the ‘Emma’ bracelets they were given that day. Fans and supporters of Bad Remedy have consistently responded to assist the community, often traveling from other areas to help out. I asked if Bad Remedy would do a charity event again and was not surprised to hear five voices (in unison) declare, “In a heartbeat!” Bad Remedy has developed a close bond with fans and in turn a deep connection with the community they live in.
That’s me! Success is often defined by the achievements artists make and how they perceive them. Sauder recalls the feeling at the first Bad Remedy headlining show (a sold out event) as inspiring, whereas Mayer was beyond thrilled when he could find Bad Remedy listed on the internet. Cuthbertson had considerable music education in jazz band and as the drumline leader in marching band. He says, “Pretty much everything I write, as far as the drums go in this band comes from that (education). I am a really big stickler for the technique and basics of drumming, which is what we learned in high school.” Cuthbertson uses his formal training to make the music he loves with Bad Remedy. Where each artist in Bad Remedy defines inspiration and success in their own terms, they collectively agree that the greatest achievement so far is how their fans support them and their music.
Truth is irrefutable. On the title track of their wildly popular EP Whiskey Runnin’, lyrics describe a search for enlightenment as, “You’d be surprised at what you will find/When you’re the right kind of blind.” But does inebriation really bring clarity? Bad Remedy would say yes and no. Truth depends more on your state of mind than what you had to drink. Your mood determines clarity and alcohol just amplifies what you are already feeling. Anyone can relate to the song as an analogy of the emotions we feel at different stages in life.
The live show in a word is stunning. I have seen Bad Remedy perform numerous times and am still enthralled by the sexy, hard driving guitars. Mayer and Beaire play in tandem, creating a breath-taking display of rhythms and melodies. They are so synched with each other that they create a singular guitar sound from two separate performers. Tantalizing vocals from Sauder blend a seductive voice with just the right amount of irresistible ‘rasp’ that makes the crowd sing along with him. A strong bass line by Banks moves the music in time with innovative fills and rapid fire beats from Cuthbertson on drums. Every member of Bad Remedy sings, giving the music a magnitude of sound not often found today. Like a heavy rock choir, Bad Remedy weaves five voices around the words and music to complete a fresh new take on a classic rock sound. Their stage presence is thrilling in a small venue in Cleveland, but suited just as well for a large festival platform. At one point, large towers of smoke backlit by colored lights, added a dramatic visual aspect to the already dazzling performance. Bad Remedy is hypnotizing as their excitement and enthusiasm for all things rock is translated to the songs they play. Currently Bad Remedy is finishing tracks for the next album, which has morphed from an EP to a full-length record. They continue to perform live at regional shows and are looking forward to sharing the new release with fans next year.