North Carolina’s The Get Right Band strike familiar chords in fresh ways on their new release Who’s In Charge. Winning over critics and an ever increasing number of fans with their versatility, adopting and adapting Americana, blues, reggae and rock elements into a brazen and immersing sound all their own. Adding to the tight and diverse jams a distinctive, intellectual but accessible worldview delivered with a polished group vocal dynamic.
Title track “Who’s In Charge” opens the album with a churning echo and distortion laden guitar line which falls as the band asks the title question on behalf of all those done wrong by fate. A fine lyrical reminder to the listener in the strength of unity doubles as a reminder to those who hold the reins of power to know they are servants of the people, and not the other way around.
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The next track is the first of three “Interlude” pieces that serve as transitions that slowly blend in elements of the preceding track with the following tune. The tracks serve as a fun and quirky studio version of the live tradition of jamming segues that will likely serve as a blueprint to future concert renditions. Much of what The Get Right Band does is possible thanks to the precision and passion of drummer JC Mears. Mears provides fiery fills and slow simmering rolls that propel tunes like “Requiem For The Chemical Memory” and “Munitions Man” in unexpected directions with urgency and an inescapable momentum.
Thanks to the raw energy provided by Mears guitarist Silas Durocher and bass player Jesse Gentry whose weaving interplay is the heart of The Get Right Band’s instant appeal. Slinky island infused guitar licks get paired perfectly with bass lines before adroitly flowing into crashing rock or sparse desert sounds. The pairs long time playing partnership has obvious taught them each how to lift the other and provide space for the other to not just exist but to thrive.
Lyrically the band impresses as well. Tackling a subject like the apathy brought on by the modern world shows the band is willing to turn their insightful eye towards subjects beyond the norm. Not that the band isn’t fully capable of getting down and dirty, especially with gritty blues tunes like “Somebody Help Me.” They even nail the elusive low key love song, managing to escape the pitfalls of polarity often present in tunes like this.thumping
After the final “Interlude” of the album the band drifts into the psychedelic opening of “If I Forget” and create a wistful sonic dream-scape for that hypnotizes the listener. The spell cast by the last song’s tranquility was made possible the rise and fall of the music that preceded it and The Get Right Band should be pleased with the magic they have woven. In choosing to follow their own musical path on Who’s In Charge they show character that matches their talent and the music that has resulted is well worth the listen.
Don’t miss this band on the road! Their full tour schedule can be seen below.
The Get Right Band Tour Dates
8/10/2016 Roanoke,VA-Martin’s Downtown
8/12/2016 New Hope, PA -Triumph Brewing Company
8/13/2016 Philadelphia, PA -The Grape Room
8/14/2016 Harlem, NY –Shrine
8/15/2019 New York, NY -The Manderley Bar
8/17/2016 Boston, MA (technically Norwood) Extended Play Sessions
8/19/2019 Frederick, MD- The Blue Slide
9/1/2016 Boone, NC -The Boone Saloon w/ Roots of a Rebellion
9/2/2016 Stuart, VA -Front Porch Festival
9/8/2016 Charlotte, NC- The Double Door Inn
9/9/2016 Boone, NC -Musicfest at Blue Bear Mountain
9/15/2016 Frederick, MD -Alive @ Five
9/16/2016 Richmond, VA -Cary Street Cafe
9/17/2016 Floyd, VA -Dogtown Roadhouse
9/29/2016 Knoxville, TN-Preservation Pub
9/30/2016 Nashville, TN- The End w/ Aquaducks
10/1/2016 Chattanooga, TN- Clyde’s on Main
10/7/2016 Asheville, NC -RiverLink’s RiverMusic w/ Blitzen Trapper
10/14/2016 Bryson City, NC -Nantahala Brewing Company