Steve was singer and guitarist of a indie-rock band. He had been on the stage his whole adult life and even during his time in med school he co-wrote, and produced 4 full-length albums. His latest project had 2 radio singles get played across the country! But! There was a secret only he knew..... he came to self-prescribing secretly. First a little. Then more. And then it gets messy. Unsuburba-vision. This is our blurb in the pages of times. sometimes out of rhythm. But it's real. Not a fiction shall be spoken in this megalithic tome.
Bio in megabrief:
Steve did stuff and so did other people too.
then they didn't. then they did. then they didn't. then they did.
then they undid not doing what they should've undone, but didn't.
After that spillage of sanity, we did.
Bio in un-megabrief:
Steve and Jim (bass) had known each other for some time, having collaborated together on 2 prior original projects, 2 full-length albums, 2 East Coast Music Awards appearances, a half-dozen compilations and countless shows together in every corner of the Maritimes. But life had taken domestic turns for both, stealing them away from playing and the road for a spell of calm suburban years. But in the musical vacuum that followed, a tension built and festered, unsatisfied and unreleased. So when they each became seperated from their first wives within 3 months of each other, and landed in the same apartment complex, a musical rediscovery took place. The energy of that rediscovery, coupled with the simultaneous heartache of life that awoke the creative muse, brought forth the music that would spawn Remedy, and make up their full-length debut, Paleofidelity.
This project was going to be different from previous efforts by intentionally blurring the lines between writing and recording. Recording began during the writing process, by jamming live-off-the-cuff to a beat, and mining those jams for song ideas. And by recording continuously, the first time a key riff was spontaneously improvised, it was captured on tape. Often this would be used in the final version, keeping the track fresh, raw and intense. In this way, and by bringing their own unique sensibilities to bear, Remedy began to develop it's own brand of indie-funk-rock. They discovered they had a sound and style that was truly unlike anyone else.
Remedy made the leap from recording artists to live act, with the addition of Gil (drums) in 2008, (also fresh on the heels of divorce). Gil and Jim also had a long history of playing together in a very busy club band (Full Circle) for a number of years. So it wasn't a surprize to find that from the first jam they had as a trio, an instant chemistry was felt by all, and has only gotten stronger since.
Soon after Paleofidelity was released in 2009, the band broke into commercial radio by getting two songs (“Up from the Bottom” and “Rude Reaction”) in rotation/featured on 50 stations from coast to coast. They were awarded an ECMA showcase after the release of their second full-length album, “The Tyranny of the Smug”. They broke into the U.S. College and satellite radio market, working with the Recording Artists Guild in Hollywood, CA. Their video for “Up from the Bottom” (directed by Aram Kouyoumdjian) got video play in Canada, the U.S.A. and Germany. They had built a die-hard following of Remedisiacs with fanatical dedication!
But all the while, that Rx logo that Jim unwittingly picked out years before, held a special meaning known only to Steve. Nobody was aware of his growing pain-killer problem, undetected and unrestrained. He was defenceless against an addiction that could be fed easily, cheaply and secretly at the stroke of a pen. Seven years it remained hidden from everyone. Until it didn't.
Finally, in Jan 2011, Steve entered treatment, got clean, and has remained so ever since. In 2014 he left medicine to persue music full time.
In 2014 Remedy got it's 4th member: Morgan, on guitar and supporting vocals. The chemistry was again instantaneous right from the first jam, and gave their sound a fresh vitality, fullness and power. And while Morgan did not have a divorce, he did break-up with his girlfriend just prior to joining the group, (close enough).
Remedy is now completing work on their 3rd full-length album, “Beyond the Termination Shock” in their dual studios at CrestHill and the Shire.
Steve Harley – co-founder/lead vocal/guitar
James Bond - co-founder/bass player
Gil Roy (drums, percussion, vocals) joined Remedy in January 2008.
Morgan Cruickshank (guitar, vocals) joined Remedy in 2014.
Accolades and accomplishments (include but are not limited to):
Remedy is licensed to award winning film Wingman, featured in 2013 Atlantic Film Festival
Compilation CDs and Mixtapes:
Maritime Home Grown, RadioRnR, GoDIY, Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes: #RockStars Mixtape Vol. 6 (2014)
East Coast Music Awards Showcase 2011
Tour Tech East Christmas Party stage in support of AIDS research 2011
Ballopolooza 2012, 2013, 2014
Warf Rat Harley-Davidson conference in 2012
Apple Blossum Festival, Kentville, NS in 2012
Live at Live 105 radio showcase at Monte's, Halifax 2013
Breakfast television appearances in 2010 and 2011
U.S. College, satellite radio campaign with multiple station/blog adds, 2014
Reached #1 in their genre of the local reverbnation charts, 2014.
www.remedymusic.ca (official band website)
Remedy is a vigorous supportor of multiple charities, both local and online. They're active participants of Music for Good, and are donating half their online sales* to Love Hope Strength, a worldwide rock and roll cancer foundation. They've supported many local benefits for families in need, as well as Oxfam, Ale for Africa, Clean Nova Scotia, Benefit for Breast Cancer Research , to name a few.
Remedy is currently working with the Recording Artists Guild (RAG) in Beverly Hills, Ca. for licensing, a record deal, publishing and/or placement opportunities. They can be reached at 323-924-5897.