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The Right Now

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
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"Review: Best of Chicago 2012"

The Right Now wins Chicago Reader's Readers Choice awards for Best Jazz and Blues Group. - Chicago Reader


Gets Over You as an album positively brimming with confident energy. Not only does it feature the Right Now at the absolute top of their game, turning out one classic revamp after another, it establishes them as a legitimate force to be reckoned with. - Pop Matters


The Right Now's new album is gritty. Gets Over You is a sexy step in the right direction for this these local up and comers…damn, Gets Over You is one hell of a way to avoid a sophomore slump. - Gapers Block


The Right Now evolved out of Eli Jones, a young Chicago R&B band that flirted with the jam and went all the way with the funk, riding a round-trip groove train from grimy downtown soul to well-buffed uptown blues. Led by the brassy wail of Stefanie Berecz and a horn section that knows its Muscle Shoals charts, the band catches up with the soul revival on the 2010 long-player Carry Me Home, which unfolds like a sonic map of classic and current soul music--from the glide-and-grind of Booker T. & the M.G.'s to Sly Stone's fuzz-funk to Nikka Costa's sassy, swampy pop. Ultimately, the Right Now earns its name with a clutch of crafty originals and inspired, big-band live dynamics.

- Roy Kasten - Riverfront Times (STL)


Ain't Going Back is listed as one of 10 intriguing tracks of the week.

The Chicago soul band fronted by vocalist Stefanie Berecz delivers a sweet slab of funk from Carry Me Home.

- Steve Jones - USA Today

"Best Of 2010"

Nobody is #76 on PMA's year end list. - Pretty Much Amazing


The proliferation of large-scale, old-style R&B ensembles isn't quite a bandwagon; it's more of a soul train that's taking on a larger load of passengers. And those passengers are reasonably distinct from each other: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings could not be mixed up with, for example, Milwaukee's own Kings Go Forth.

Coming out of Chicago, the Right Now is a little slicker than many of its fellow travelers. Lead singer Stefanie Berecz is closer to Joss Stone than to the aforementioned Jones, and the seven instrumentalists stay breezy and back in the mix, particularly on ballads such as "I Could Really Hold On" that could pass for less-layered versions of mellow modern R&B.

The smoothness really just means that the Right Now draws its inspiration from smoother sources. The soul train has plenty of room for everyone who has the feeling down, and the Right Now certainly does.

- Jon M. Gilbertson - Milwaukee Journal Sentinal


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.

When we introduced you to the Right Now back in September (here), we talked about the skillful songwriting of Brendan O'Connell and the "icy-hot voice" of Stefanie Berecz. Vocally, we drew comparisons between Stefanie and the early output of another Chicago girl, Chaka Khan, and gave props to a band that reminded us of Chaka's boys, Rufus, as well as the Dap-Kings.

All those things are present on our second Free MP3 of the Day. In other words, they're still a bad-ass band of brothers and sisters who can bring a furious and fiery brand of dirty funk.

They're just doing it a little bit more on the down-low with "You Will Know." We like the thick, juicy girl group harmonies during the "la la la" bridge between the verse and the chorus, the Sam and Dave-like horn licks that punctuate the arrangement and, especially, the gospel riffing from whoever that guy is in the background. - MP3.COM

"Soul Is Still Alive"

"Soul is still alive, due in part to a bunch of white dudes from Chicago...the real draw here is the band Eli Jones and lead singer Stefanie Berecz, whose dusty, hypnotic voice puts her in line to be another Jennifer Hudson–type success story." - Avant/Chicago

"TimeOut Chicago Previews Eli Jones at the Beat Kitchen 2/08"

"Chicago octet Eli Jones makes sultry soul music. Lead singer Stefanie Berecz emancipates herself from love on “Finally Did for Me” while a sax and a trombone enhance her remarkable vocals." - TimeOut Chicago

"UK Press"

"The star of the show is one Stefanie Berecz who has an absolutely amazing voice, the kind of instrument that Joss Stone thinks she has in between bouts of oversinging...there is a lot of top quality original material on offer." - Zeitgeist (UK)

"European Review"

"Keeping the soulful funk alive...a heavy funk monster a la Mother's Finest..." - Here Comes the Flood

"Iowa Press"

"The singer's timeless, sultry vocals continually charm Chicago reviewers, but the rest of the group is not to be underestimated, forming a troupe of groove-packed guitar and powerhouse horns that will undoubtedly energize any venue." - The Daily Iowan

"Original Sound"

"...An original sound borrowing from the greats with hints of pop and blues, keeping it punchy and funky with very few moments of down-time." - Theft Liable To Prosecution

"Joss Stone Will Weep!"

"...[I]f, at Friday's concert, you see someone sitting in the corner, taking notes, and quietly weeping, be sure to tell Joss that you're still a fan of her work." - River Cities' Reader

"Review of Debut CD"

"The eclectic disc features 10 songs that range from tender existential balladry (“Afraid Not To Die”) to pop/jazz/samba fusion (“Bring Your Love To Me”) and much more." - The Northern Star

"Chicago Reader Previews Hideout"

"[The Right Now] met [Berecz's] big, fluid voice with the full-bodied support it needs, striking just the right tone on everything from the bluesy "Afraid Not to Die" to the sticky-sweet "Candlelight and Satin Sheets." - Chicago Reader

"Eli Jones Sticks to Roots on Make It Right"

With the new age of technologic ground-shaking hip-hop beats and emo/pop ballads it is hard to find a band that sticks to their roots and puts some soul back into music.

Eli Jones does this ever so gracefully on their new album, Make It Right.

This album fuses soul, jazz, and funk in a healthy dose of quality, hearty music.

The music is simply dynamical and the lyrics come straight from the heart, and they speak of true human emotion.

Eli Jones vocalist Stefanie Berecz has a sultry voice that can be compared to Cat Power or even hints of Alicia Keys.

It is only when shared vocalist Brendan O'Connell begins to sing that I wish my ears were someplace else.

Not saying O'Connell is a horrible vocalist, but with the fresh sound of Berecz it is simple to get lost in her voice.

From the opening track, "Finally Did for Me," to the last track, "Afraid Not to Die," Berecz opens up, and she shows us what it is like to be her mind and see her thoughts. The music lends itself to Berecz's voice.

The over-all feel leaves you with a satisfaction of classiness.

The scaled solos on tracks such as "Bring Your Love to Me" prove that Eli Jones has actual talent.

They can jump from a classical jazz feel right into a funk styled groove.

"Give it Up" is the perfect mix of funk and soul.

The song makes you want to get up and bop, hop and boogie.

The song also offers a face-melting guitar solo that brings us to a heavier more classic rock influence that Eli Jones may be missing on other tracks.

Eli Jones gives you a taste of every musical desire without losing sight of the soul.

It is refreshing to know that some bands still make music for the love of music. - The Daily Eastern News


Gets Over You (LP)- 2012
He Used To Be b/w Good Man (Official Record Store Day 7")- 2012
If I Wanted To 7"- 2011
7 to 10 7"- 2010
Carry Me Home (LP)- 2010



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 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, an episode of 90210, and promos for Gilly Hicks and other national retailers also broadened the band’s appeal.

The band also had a successful college radio campaign following the release of Gets Over You, peaking at #102 on the CMJ charts and charting for 7 straight weeks.

“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.