The Get Right Band is bringing the funk to Congress Street Social Club this weekend.
The Asheville, N.C.-based funk/rock/reggae trio is touring on the release of their first full-length album.
"Bass Treble Angel Devil" dropped in September after the band crowd-sourced enough funds through a Kickstarter campaign to record the album.
"We're super happy (with the album)," bassist Jesse Gentry said. "It sounds great. It's what we wanted. We got everything done that we wanted to get done. We're happy. It's been going over well, so it might actually be good!"
Formed in 2011 around Gentry and frontman Silas Durocher, GRB has a lot of original material, but could only afford a five-song EP in 2013 ("Shake").
After raising some money for a new album, the band hit Kickstarter for the rest.
After six months of working on the album, including preproduction, recording and post, the final product is a 13-song, hour-long grouping of funky, butt-shaking tunes that also features some of Asheville's expansive and talented musical pool.
Joining Gentry, Durocher and drummer JC Mears on the new album are Eleanor Underhill (Underhill Rose), Stephanie Morgan (stephaniesid), Chuck Lichtenberger (stephaniesid, The Archrivals) and Chris Pyle, a former GRB drummer and "Asheville legend," as Gentry put it.
Using Asheville as hub, the trio will be touring most of the East Coast in support of the new album, but will also make an annual trek to the Caribbean.
Their music seems to fit the styles of calypso and most assuredly reggae, but that's not the entire motivation for this annual trip. Gentry was living on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2011 when his longtime friend, Durocher, enticed him to move to Asheville to start a new band.
The island's influence seeps into the new album, but unlike a traditional funk/reggae act, GRB is a lot more expansive in sound and influence. The new album has hints of garage rock, jam band, '70s funk, low-down dirty blues and groovy jazz, all wound around lyrics about love, fun, life, pretty guitars and even swampy Florida.
After 12 tracks of original material, "Bass Treble Angel Devil" ends with its only cover song, a fast and funky rendition of the Talking Heads' "Life During Wartime."
With a huge repertoire of original songs and covers, GRB doesn't have a pre-planned set list for live shows, but prefers to just play to the crowd.
"We're malleable to any situation," Gentry said. "We'll play a two-hour set if we have to. Or a couple of hour 1/2 sets. We don't write a set list; we just go with the flow. If people are feeling a certain thing, we might play certain songs or play stuff a different way. Just try to keep it away from the rigidity of having a set list."
This isn't their first show in Savannah. They used to frequent the now-closed Live Wire on River Street and "have been looking to get back" to Savannah.
This will be their first gig at Congress Street Social Club, so treat 'em right, Hostess City. Show up, shake it and get down with the get right.