Earfull: J. Roddy Walston and The Business


THE HEAVY BELLS ARE RINGING

J. Roddy Walston and The Business take part in The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase

 

J. Roddy Walston and The Business wants to give its fans a full body and mind experience while listening to their music. “It seems like most bands write for either the animal side of people or for the side that’s more in tune with the spirit or even just the psyche, but we tend to just smash all those things together,” Walston said. “It’s like we’re writing religious songs for the animal side. We’ve got songs that feel like party songs but if you look at it closer, it’s something more cerebral. So for the people who want to dig in and connect all the weird crosswires, the song can turn into something else.”
You can see J. Roddy Walston and The Business take part in The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase at the Fuzz 92.1 Radio Theatre, 5th floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton on Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. The show is all ages. Sign up for free tickets at fuzz921.com or text THEATER to 88474. Tickets are first come, first served.
Essential Tremors, the third album from J. Roddy Walston and The Business, borrows its name from a nervous-system disorder that Roddy himself has long-struggled to keep under control. “It’s this condition where my hands shake sometimes not at all, but sometimes pretty bad,” says singer/pianist/guitarist Walston. “I’ve referenced it throughout all our records in some way, but it made sense to be more open about it on this album, which is partly about owning and embracing your weirdness instead of letting it hold you captive because you don’t even want to talk about it.”
The record opens with “Heavy Bells,” a powerful lead single which is currently in heavy-rotation on Fuzz 92.1 and has been charting at alternative radio for five months. The band (guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis and drummer Steve Colmus) let their various influences shine throughout Essential Tremors revealing their affinity for artists as such as Led Zeppelin, pre-disco-era Bee Gees, The Replacements, Randy Newman and the Southern soul artists like Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Albert King,Wilson Pickett and Isaac Hayes.
J. Roddy Walston and The Business relocated to Baltimore in 2004 after Walston’s then-girlfriend (and now wife) began studying opera at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Along with putting out their first full-length album (2007’s Hail Mega Boys), the band devoted the next few years to earning a reputation as a can’t-miss live act that devotees aptly liken to “AC/DC fronted by Jerry Lee Lewis.” Along with touring with the likes of The Black Keys, Lucero and the Lumineers, J. Roddy Walston and The Business have brought their show to such festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo. J. Roddy Walston and The Business recently announced an upcoming string of tour dates, including a spring run with Foals and Cage the Elephant set to begin April 21 and appearances at both Coachella and Wakarusa Music Festivals.
— tom graham

 

Catch J. Roddy Walston and The Business in The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase at the Fuzz 92.1 Radio Theatre, 5th floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. The show is all ages. Sign up for free tickets at fuzz921.com or text THEATER to 88474. Tickets are first come, first served.