DOWNRIGHT is as much an experience as it is a band. They've been called everything from soulful to ferocious, and they cover all points in between. A trio of musicians drawing from varied musical backgrounds, these boys take an audience for a musical trip into DOWNRIGHT country (where nothing is quite as it seems). Their sound combines elements of funk, psychedelic rock, wild improv and soul music to create a unique blend that goes down smooth and always satisfies.
The band began when drummist Mark Lanter and keyboardist Matt DeVine met as students at a large southern university. Soon guitarist/bassist Steve Lewis joined the fold, and the DOWNRIGHT was off and running. The band has been regularly working around the southeastern circuit since 1999. They are multi-instrumentalists, and various instrumental combinations are used at every DOWNRIGHT show, such as Hammond organ, string bass, guitars, electric pianos, theremin, drums, horns, you name it!
DOWNRIGHT is not just a group of pretty faces; they're also great songwriters. Just listen to either of their two independently released CD's to get a taste of the band's style. At a typical DOWNRIGHT show you will see hard-core fans (members of the "DOWNRIGHT MOVEMENT") singing along to their favorite tunes. Perennial favorites include "Nature Girl," "Fishbowl," (DOWNRIGHT, 2000) "Crunchy Crunchy Popcorn" and "Drinking the Dregs" (Hidden Agenda, 2002).
Continuing to do their thing, independently defiant and original, the band has struck off down the road to almost certain worldwide fame. They're constantly writing and recording new material. Some people say that they drink entirely too much coffee. Bootleg recordings of live performances are starting to circulate on the web and elsewhere. The range and versatility of this band is amazing; with the recent addition of a horn section and a third CD in the works, the future seems to be smiling on DOWNRIGHT.