Reinvigorating the traditions of soul, old school R & B and torch song recordings into a sound wholly their own, Chicago septet The Right Now announce the release of their sophomore LP Gets Over You on April 10.
Raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements come together in tales of regret, empowerment and trifling. On album track “Half As Much,” The Right Now’s siren front woman Stefanie Berecz coos, belts, pleads and demands respect over a sultry, swinging groove laid down by the six piece ensemble.
Praise for The Right Now
Straight from Memphis by way of Chicago, The Right Now are one of our favorite bands right now. It’s time for an encore, brothers and sisters, from the crew that marches to the beat of Motown, has the soul of Stax and plays the game just like Chess and Checker.
If you’re going to repopularize a sound like the old-timey R&B and soul, especially in a city like Chicago, then don’t follow the mold set by thousands of performers over many years before you. That seems to be The Right Now’s game plan. Their songs are dynamic, complex, hip and just downright fun.
Amazing talented, powerful and moving, this seven-piece soul collective never gives less than their all. And Stefanie can sing her ass off.
The booming voice and soulful horns of The Right Now ooze emotion. If you listen to the music with your eyes closed, it’s easy to believe you’re listening to a 60’s R&B group. But The Right Now is from right now, and right here in Chicago.
The Right Now create feisty soul music that doesn’t demand attention, but entices it. From a steady drumbeat to the seductive saxophone solos, the group has the innate ability to captivate their audience with a precise, delicate balance that perfectly complements Berecz’s vocal prowess.
The soul train has plenty of room for everyone who has the feeling down, and the Right Now certainly does.
In A Word: Soulful.
The Right Now are no joke. The closest analogy I can think of is that they are to vintage Soul what Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are to Funk; a passionate and accurate revival of music that they are clearly passionate about and really dope at playing.
I rarely get this excited about seeing new bands, but Chicago-based The Right Now are effing fantastic! The band opened the night by saying, “I know it’s Sunday, but we can take it to church if we want!” Girlfriend took it way beyond church. She took it to the Vatican, yo!
About The Right Now
There are only so many times you can take back that cheating lover or accept excuses from a lazy scrub. It’s easier said than done, but one soul band is taking a stand. The Right Now isn’t going to take it anymore. The Right Now is fed up. And on their second record, The Right Now Gets Over You.
The challenging title is a reality check, but delivered with a smile from singer Stefanie Berecz. “It’s just a representation of the stories in the songs. Nearly every track has a cheating character, or someone who’s had enough of their lover. It’s a mixed bag of empowerment and regret.” Gets Over You continues the “it’s complicated” theme of 2010′s Carry Me Home, although this outing shows Berecz in a darker, seedier role.
Recorded in a cathartic, week-long session in Los Angeles with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), Gets Over You takes the Chicago septet’s soulful sound to the warm, crackling world of analog tape and vintage instruments. Berecz’s voice, often compared to those of Chaka Kahn and Joss Stone, takes center stage. The band shines with raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements that are the result of countless hours of performing, rehearsing, and traveling together.
Berecz’s emotionally-charged vocal performance has been the band’s calling card at over 200 shows in the past two years. The Right Now’s electrifying live show — matching suits, choreographed horn section, and all — has earned them a reputation as “dynamic, complex, hip and just downright fun” (Gapers Block).
The past two years saw immense growth for The Right Now, including a sold-out release party at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall; tour dates throughout the Midwest, East, and South; festival appearances at SXSW, North Coast Festival, and Summerfest; and opening stints for Fitz & The Tantrums, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Bettye Lavette, Otis Clay, Orgone, Kings Go Forth, Jamie Lidell, and Tortured Soul. USA Today and mp3.com featured the band as a favorite, and live TV appearances (WGN) put the Chicago act on the national stage. Placements in a 2011 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and promos for Gilly Hicks and other national retailers also broadened the band’s appeal.
“It takes a man to admit that it’s over,” Berecz confidently croons on “Half As Much.” “But if you can’t, I can do it for sure.” While Stefanie Berecz may have gotten over the man in this song, audiences won’t be getting over her any time soon.
Gets Over You
I Can’t Speak For You
Can’t Keep Running
Tell Everyone The Truth
Should’ve Told Me
I Could Kiss You (I Could Cry)
He Used To Be
Half As Much
‘Til It Went Wrong