SR-71's debut single, "Right Now," is currently soaring up the alternative radio charts, and beginning on Thursday in Atlanta, the Baltimore band will hit the road with Stroke 9 for a month-long joint tour.
"Right Now" was the last song SR-71 recorded for its new album, "Now You See Inside," although the band admits that it wasn't sure about the track until it decided to rev up the tempo.
"Well, the funny thing about 'Right Now' is that it was the last song we recorded and the first song we released," SR-71 vocalist-guitarist Mitch Allan told MTV News. "We actually finished the original ten songs and then went back and recorded 'Right Now.' It was written during the recording of ['Now You See Inside'].
"We were looking for one more
song to put on the record, [possibly], and we wrote and we wrote and we wrote and we wrote and then we wrote that song. We actually wrote it a lot slower... and it was big, melodic, and kind of huge-sounding epic thing. And we got to the end and we were like --"
"'This is not right,'" interjected bassist Jeff Reid.
"Yeah. 'This is wrong,'" Allan agreed.
"And we walked away from it a while," Reid said.
than this.' So we took a metronome, [snaps fingers] got
the beat, took it up [even faster], played the song again, and switched the key to something that was more powerful, and the song came alive.
"It's one of those songs where... a song writes itself, and if it doesn't write itself, there's something wrong, and it's probably not gonna be one of those songs that you learn to really attach yourself to."
"That song wrote itself, in a different key at a slower tempo," Allan said, "and we had no idea that it was wrong, because when a song does that, like I said, you usually think it's finished. As time went on, we realized that it didn't unmask itself.
turned out to be what we had on the record,
and as soon as we changed it around slightly, [there were] smiles on our faces, going, 'Wow, there it is, that's the tune.' And I think the record company felt the same way, 'cause they released it first."
"Right Here" is also being used in the TV advertisements for "Loser," the new film starring Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari, due to arrive on screens on July 21.
Dates for the upcoming SR-71 and Stroke 9 tour:
- 7/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
- 7/20 - Nashville, TN @ Dancing In The District
- 7/21 - Knoxville, TN @ Banana Joe's
- 7/22 - Chattanooga, TN @ Cricket Pavilion
- 7/24 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 7/25 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
- 7/26 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
- 7/27 - Columbus, OH @ Easton Town Center
- 7/28 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
- 7/30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Iron City Light Amphitheater
- 7/31 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
- 8/1 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 8/2 - Philadelphia,
PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
- 8/5 - Endicott, NY @ Tri-Cities Airport
- 8/8 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
- 8/10 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
- 8/11 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live