Why has jangly guitar pop become so outdated? In the late 90s bands like Dishwalla, Tonic, Toad the Wet Sprocket and GIn Blossoms made a killing from earnest, simple jangly guitar pop. But these days, the genre is nearly as extinct as the cassette tape. But thankfully, there are a few purveyors of the genre still working hard at their craft.
One such example is the Nashville, TN-based Christian band Remedy Drive and their latest EP Light Makes a Way is a compelling listen. Unlike most Christian outfits, the band steers clear of worship and praise, and drives at uplifting and ebullient tunes. Album opener “Light Makes a Way” Second track “Hold On,” offers more of the same, while “Don’t Wait Too Long,” tries to take a stab at radio charts but falters. In truth, “Don’t Wait Too Long,” is the EP’s only real disappointment on the EP. Fourth song “Follow Me” is a lullaby for vocalist David Zach’s son and proof that the band is equally adept at ballads as rockers. The EP closes out with “Disappear,” a combination of “Light Makes a Way,” and “Don’t Wait Too Long,” that closes out the disc nicely.
In the end, this EP is a neat little listen and a strong reminder of why once upon a time this kind of music was dominating airwaves.