If you can’t appreciate a good soul song, you’ve got issues. Throw together some buttery vocals, blasting horns, and a back line like clockwork & it just does something to you - synthesizers & drum machines need not apply! Whatever it is that makes a good soul song work, The Right Now have it in spades.
The band stepped on the saki stage dressed to the nines & looking like seasoned pros as any good soul band would. After ripping through their fiery set, it was clear that The Right Now take their music seriously. They have the smooth confidence of a band that has spent countless hours perfecting their live show, clearly what this band relishes.
Fronted by the walking set of pipes that is singer Stephanie Berecz, The Right Now are riding a wave of solid retro soul that Brooklyn acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Nicole Willis and Charles Bradley have popularized in the past few years. The world of popular music has evolved so much in the past 50 years. Musicians have no shortage of samplers & effects-laden computer programs at their disposal, but none of it matters if you can’t put together a good tune with some feeling.
What artists like The Right Now know, and what they’re preaching to the rest of us, is that a good tune always sounds a little better when it’s played with no more than the instruments you could find in your neighborhood music shop… in 1965. But The Right Now aren’t just your run-of-the-mill throwback soul band, they’re a pop band first and foremost. Main songwriters Berecz and keyboardist Brendan O’Connell are clearly informed by the pop songs we all know. They’re not just rewriting the Stax/Volt era, they’re layering it atop everything that came after it and then some.