J Roddy Walston And The Business J Roddy Walston And The Business on LP
2010 Self-Titled Album Available on Vinyl for the Very First Time!
Coming out of Baltimore, MD (via Cleveland, TN) J Roddy Walston and The Business - Billy Gordon (guitar, vocals), Zach Westphal (bass, vocals), Steve Colmus (drums) and J Roddy Walston (vocals, piano, guitar) - has hit the road with such regularity that its recorded work can seem almost an afterthought. After all, rock and roll is foremost a live medium.
But this artifact J Roddy Walston and The Business created is among the most collection-worthy albums of the past decade. The widely praised Hail Mega Boys (2007), although fine in its own right, can now be seen as a rough precursor to the ten tracks of lean-n-muscular, rollicking, unselfconscious celebration of the band's 2010 self-titled album released on Fairfax Recordings/Vagrant.
Recorded in a nine-day marathon session at Los Angeles’ Sound City Studios and Fairfax Recordings with producer Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, The Vandals) the album features the band as close to live as possible with minimal overdubs and tweaking. No modern studio computer gadgetry was used or harmed in the process, either. It was all captured by a two-inch Scully tape machine. Augunas and guitarist Billy Gordon handled mixing duties.
Punctuated and largely based upon J Roddy Walston’s barrelhouse piano, the band shifts seamlessly through jump-up shout-a-longs (“Used To Did”) to low slung, gritty travelin’ blues (“Use Your Language”) to arena-worthy anthems (“I Don’t Wanna Hear It”). J Roddy Walston and The Business function in that area where you just know you’ve heard these songs before. You haven’t, though. What you’ve heard was other bands speaking a similar and somewhat forgotten language of true and very rowdy rock and roll music.
J Roddy Walston And The Business J Roddy Walston And The Business Track Listing:
1. Don't Break The Needle
2. Full Growing Man
3. Used To Did
4. Pigs & Pearls
5. Brave Man's Death
6. Don't Get Cold
7. I Don't Wanna Hear It
8. Uh Oh Rock & Roll
10. Use Your Language