A whole lot of shakin' going on
The sounds of funk, the rhythms of rock and the tunes of reggae will be in abundance as The Get Right Band, a trio hailing from Asheville, makes a stop during its CD release tour in Rutherfordton on July 4 and 5.
Band members Silas Durocher (guitar/vocals), Jesse Gentry (bass/vocals) and Chris Pyle (drums/percussion/vocals) will play as part of the town's Fourth of July Festival at 2:30 p.m. and Friday evening at Legal Grounds at 9 p.m.
Durocher and Gentry played together in bands growing up in Maryland, first joining forces with Pyle in the Asheville-based band Soulgrass Rebellion.
When Soulgrass Rebellion broke up, the three band mates decided to form the The Get Right Band in April 2011 and evolved their music into more of a rock and funk sound.
"It's our chemistry as musicians and as friends that really puts this band on a different level," Pyle said. "You can hear it in every note."
The trio released a debut album, "Shake," on Feb. 22, a collection of songs that brings the group's signature high-energy dance party tunes together with rock n' roll.
The album includes the blues song "Voodoo Doll," club tune "Chromaticize" and Caribbean jam "Touch the Holy."
"When it came time to record the album, we put a lot of thought into how to produce and layer the songs," Durocher said. "It came out as raw rock n' roll with a thumping groove."
According to the band, the album is fun, full of energy and should be listened to with the volume turned way up.
The band counts The Black Keys, Jack White and Alabama Shakes among its contemporary inspirations.
"Although we do a lot of jamming, we're definitely a song-based project," Durocher said. "At our live shows we're always reinterpreting the music, improvising, playing a song in a different style or a different tempo from the night before."
In addition to performing in several surrounding areas including Asheville, Hickory and Charlotte, The Get Right Band has toured along the East Coast and throughout the Caribbean and played with a variety of national acts.
"The point of this band, the point of music, maybe even the point of life, is to find bliss and happiness," Durocher said. "And sometimes to get closer to that bliss you have to pour your heart out about how it got broken, or you have to sing about the best times or the hard times. Sometimes you have to rock out no-holds-barred, or you have to take risks and throw yourself into the unknown. That journey toward bliss is why this band exists."
THE GET RIGHT BANDMembers:
Silas Durocher — guitar/vocals
Jesse Gentry — bass/vocals
Chris Pyle — drums/percussion/vocals
The Black Keys
Red Hot Chili Peppers
See the Band in Rutherfordton:
July 4, 2:30 p.m., Independence Day Festival
July 5, 9 p.m., Legal Grounds
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