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"Reggae rockers stuck in a tale of two cities"

The members of St. Louis' reggae-jam band Remedy run on dependability — even if their cars do not.A few hours before the band's early October show at The Blue Fugue, guitarist Joe Foerster's hail-damaged '94 Corsica — carrying a carload of guitars and amps — suffered a flat on I-70, 45 minutes from Columbia. Other St. Louis bands might have missed the show. But Remedy had a trick up its sleeve: Columbia resident and band member Josh Funk.
"They called me and said that AAA was going to be too expensive," Funk says. "So I drove all the way down and picked them up."

Funk is the only band member who lives in town, and he is responsible for all local bookings, including the band's Halloween show at The Blue Fugue. Thanks to I-70, the five twenty-somethings of Remedy know they are connected physically and will be on time to gigs.

"It was a bad deal," Foerster says. "But I knew that Funk wouldn't mind, and he'd have no problem coming to get us."

Call them weekend warriors. St. Louis members, Foerster, Jeff Hanewinkel, Nick Heath and Josh Aichs, practice a few times a week sans Funk. But when the school week is over, Funk, an MU student, heads to St. Louis and plays catch-up. Despite their easygoing vibe, the members of Remedy, who met in high school, find the situation a downer.

"It's difficult as hell," Foerster says. "Everything is harder. Writing songs, practicing and all. But we love playing shows in Columbia, so it's worth dealing with him being far away."

And Funk doesn't only leave Columbia on the weekends. On Oct. 19 he headed to St. Louis for a Remedy concert after classes, only to return that night so he could cram for a physics test. He agrees that the distance frustrates the band, which performs mostly original music.

"It really hurts our ability to write new material," Funk says. "The chemistry is also a lot better when we're all at home practicing all the time."

Remedy's Sublime-like sound is still sharp and energetic despite its strange practice schedule. The band strives to mimic The Grateful Dead's and Phish's ability to build a song into a climax. It also works to vary the lyrical structure of songs.

Although it doesn't have a label, Remedy plans to release its first album sometime in November. The band hopes to get radio play in St. Louis and Columbia once it saves enough money to finish album production, which is a financial struggle.

"The fun is just beginning," Foerster says. "We are having such a good time with this band."

— Phil Owen
- Vox Magazine-Thursday, October 26, 2006


Self Titled EP Dream
Lazy Melodies (release in Feb of 2007) Out Your Hand, Done, Typical Day



Remedy has grown over the years with roots originated in St. Louis. The group has matured into a unique mixture of groovin jam reggae, with influences from a spectrum of artists such as Sublime, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Phish, and 311. With five current members, Remedy united with the intentions to write and perform music true to their hearts. Good times, friends, and family can always be found at a Remedy show, as well as a positive atmospere. Live shows display the bands love of music and their ability jam into the mood of the night. Remedy's songs cover a wide range of genres. Uplifting reggae grooves, bluesy rock, and chillin jams are all part of Remedy's setlist. Through numerous shows, Remedy's fan base has continued to grow and will continue doing so with the support of true music fans.