The multi-talented musician, writer, and actor Greg Amici hails from New Jersey, with a new single and video for his single "Remedy.” Being the follow up to his well-received single, ‘In like a Lion,’ this track is a taste of what’s to come from his forthcoming LP ‘Tragicomic.’
Implanting an enthralling narrative into the intriguing essence of “Remedy,” Greg Amici has us on the hook of this amplified track. Delving into an in-depth story circled around a man who has impersonal needs and a partner whose sexual desires have transitioned into something more intense, Greg Amici etches the fact that we all need a remedy to cope throughout this sonic capsule.
We have to admit that as soon you press play, the way that this story unfolds acts as if you’re nose-deep in a bestselling novel. There’s an abundance of substance to latch onto when it comes to the intricate tale crafted, as well as the compelling vocalization of Greg Amici conveying this storyline.
Paired with instrumentation that leaps from the speakers with delicate piano chords, sustaining guitar riffs, and a rhythm section that has you falling right into the infectious grooves, it’s hard not to get copiously lost in the music.
The top-tier production elements are courtesy of James Mastro at Magic Door Recording in Montclair, New Jersey, and the way that this masterpiece springs to life does the overall concept justice. Be prepared to sing along, or better yet belt out the words as you immerse yourself in Greg Amici’s “Remedy.”
Congratulations on the release of “Remedy.” With such an interesting narrative that’s locked into the song’s message, where did the inspiration come from in order to bring this moment to life?
This was the point in my life when I was a player, or at least fancied myself as such, and hooked up as often as possible. Unfortunately, you can hurt people when you do that. But that wasn’t a major consideration when I wrote the song. I often write from the POV of unpleasant characters. And 95 percent of the time, I can comfortably distance myself from the song’s protagonist. I can’t hide behind this one. It’s pretty much all me. Was I a bad guy or a fun guy? In this day and age, probably the former. There are no more fun guys.
Did you find this subject fairly easy to write about or was the creative process a bit more difficult to navigate around?
Originally, a friend of mine suggested writing a song with her called “Remedy." I was to take the words she’d written and work on it with her. But she didn’t have any interest in the follow-up, and I really couldn’t relate to the lyrics, which were spiritual and nice or something. Meanwhile, I used the title to write a completely different song. And then, after I wrote it, I learned that The Black Crowes had a song called “Remedy.” I was pissed off at my ignorance, but it was too late —I liked what I was doing with it. I’m sure there’s more than one song called, “I Love You.” So, fuck it.
What was it like working with James Mastro at Magic Door Recording when you were bringing this concept to life? Did the vision unfold the way you hoped for it to?
This was one of the few songs where I had a really professionally-done demo going into the recording sessions. In the 1990s, I was in a band called Big Honey. My backing vocalist/rhythm guitarist/bandleader/more personality than I who talked to people cheerily at live shows while I struggled to keep my stupid acoustic guitar in tune, Joe Gentile, and I recorded it with our outstanding, classically-trained guitar player, Don Spangler. We also had great session guys - Dean Sharenow on drums and Jonathan Sanborn on bass. Last year, I took the song to Jim and Ray (drummer/engineer) Ketchem, and told them I loved it as it was, but to please make it sound a little more current. We used Don’s guitar part on the intro and Jim took it from there.
Do you find that this song reflects what your audience has in store with your forthcoming LP, ‘Tragicomic’? What can you tell us about this project?
I guess so. It’s a little more optimistic than some of the “tragic” songs, and not as absurd as some of the “comic” ones. It levels things out a bit. That’s pretty much what the album is — some songs are goofy and fun, some are sad, and then there’s straight forward, matter-of-fact stuff like “Remedy." I’ve heard people say that “Tragicomic" might be the greatest rock album of all time. That’s what they say to my face, anyway.