J RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS
Announce new album, Destroyers of the Soft Life
Due 29th September via ATO Records
Listen to the fierce new track, “You Know Me Better“
J. Roddy Walston & The Business has melded engaging, melodic songwriting with sharp observations about American culture on Destroyers of the Soft Life, their new album set for a September 29 release on ATO Records. Co-produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Father John Misty), listen to the new track “You Know Me Better” below..
Destroyers of the Soft Life began two years ago when Rod Walston (lead singer / guitarist / piano), Billy Gordon (guitar), Logan Davis (bass) and Steve Colmus (drums) purchased space in a Richmond, Virigina WWII era bomb shelter turned lumber yard. The foursome gutted and subsequently spent seven months transforming it into their own recording studio. As they put down roots Walston also became a father for the first time, inspiring lyrics that take an unflinching look at family dynamics and parental motivations.
This includes the album’s lead single “The Wanting” which speaks to a fractured father-son relationship. Currently spinning at over fifty Alternative radio stations, “Walston and the Business smooth out some of their scruffier tendencies on ‘The Wanting,’ resulting in a cleaner, anthem-friendly approach with big, booming refrains reminiscent of Kings of Leon,” said Rolling Stone. Listen to it HERE.
“We had never been a band where we pretended that it’s 1965,” Walston said. “Loud rock and roll music has become less relevant because it’s just been on a loop,” he says. “If there was any rule on this record, it was, let’s be a part of music right now. I want to be part of living music in this moment.”
Road warriors from the time they formed in 2002, JRWATB has been an underground favorite as they repeatedly crisscrossed the country’s clubs and bars, carving out their own rock ‘n roll niche. In the fall of 2013 their album Essential Tremors gained commercial and critical acclaim and lived on the Heatseekers chart for 6+ consecutive months with singles “Take It As It Comes” and “Heavy Bells”, reaching #9 and #12 at alternative radio, respectively. Essential Tremors tracks were also utilized in TV spots for Coors Light, ESPN and Showtime’s “Quarry”.
“restless piano hustle” – SPIN
“Rollicking, frenzied live performances” – NPR’s Weekend Edition
“J. Roddy Walston and the Business … comes off like a more polished White Stripes or an edgier My Morning Jacket” – Time Out New York
Riotous” – Rolling Stone
1. You Know Me Better
2. Blade Of Truth
5. Heart Is Free
6. I Called You
7. The Wanting
8. Bad Habits
9. Bleed Out
10. Burn Black