by April Bayer
The Christian rock band Remedy Drive performed a concert at St. John Lutheran Church on Nov. 13 as part of the Beautiful Feet Mission Conference hosted by Concordia.
The band’s self-proclaimed desire is to bring awareness to issues of child slavery and sex trafficking and to use their music as ministry.
“What I want to try to amplify…in our hearts and our souls is a desire for freedom,” lead singer David Zach said during the show. “I believe we are called to put our lives on the line for others.”
Remedy Drive consists of Zach, vocalist and bass guitarist Corey Horn and drummer Michael Sturd. The band began performing locally in Lincoln twenty years ago and is now based in Nashville, Tennessee.
In September 2014, Remedy Drive released its latest album, “Commodity.”
The songs on the album were inspired by Zach’s time volunteering as an undercover operative with an abolitionist organization called The Exodus Road. This organization works to find and free child slaves and victims of trafficking, especially young girls in the red-light districts of Southeast Asia.
The show included performances songs from “Commodity,” including “Under the Starlight” and “Commodity,” as well as some of Remedy Drive’s most popular songs, such as “Daylight” and “All Along.”
Throughout the performance, the band paused between songs to talk about Zach’s experiences in Asia, the recent efforts of The Exodus Road and the band’s belief that all Christians are called to serve others.
Zach said he believes this message is especially important for young people, like college students, to hear.
“With [young people], there is so much of a freedom to focus on things… that really matter,” Zach said. “You have this song in your soul… empathy, compassion, justice. The cares of this life come and drown out that good news of freedom for the captives and liberty for the prisoner…That song is still… there. We just grow up, and we can’t hear it anymore.”
Remedy Drive’s message did seem to resonate with some students.
“It was powerful, but not in a cliché ‘we’re Christian’ kind of way,” sophomore Toria Turner said. “They take real problems and try to solve them.”
The concert was open to both Concordia students, attendees of the Beautiful Feet Mission Conference and residents of Seward and surrounding communities.
“I think that it’s really exciting… the infusion of Concordia, Beautiful Feet and the community getting pumped for this band,” said junior Izaak Wendorff, co-chair of the Student Activities Council, who organized the event.