WATCH TV DEBUT PERFORMANCE OF “THE WANTING”
ON CONAN HERE
ON TOUR NOW, THREE HOMETOWN SHOWS AT RICHMOND, VA’S THE BROADBERRY ON NOV 24, 25 + 26
“A fascinating mixture of Arcade Fire grandeur and Weezer riff crunching” – Billboard
“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.” – Rolling Stone
“’Destroyers of the Soft Life’ … serves as a message to the South and to rock music in general that renovation and modernization can lead to something dynamic and beautiful.” – PopMatters
J Roddy Walston and the Business are excited to release their new studio album Destroyers of the Soft Life via ATO Records today; co-produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Father John Misty), the album is available HERE.
“We had never been a band where we pretended that it’s 1965,” lead singer and songwriter Rod 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.”
The TV debut of “The Wanting”, the album’s Top 25 Alternative radio single, aired this week on Wednesday, September 27 with a thumping performance on Conan; watch it HERE.
Destroyers of the Soft Life began two years ago when Walston (lead singer / guitar / 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.
JRWATB have been road warriors and an underground favorite from the time they formed in 2002. 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”.
In 2013 the band also poured their songs and sweat onto the festival stages of Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival and the TV sound stages of Late Night with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits for the first time. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
9/30 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
10/4 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
10/5 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
10/7 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
10/8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social
10/11 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
10/13 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
10/14 – Greenville, SC – Fall for Greenville
10/15 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
10/19 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
11/24 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/25 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/26 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/29 – Washington DC – The Anthem
3/2 – 3/6 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday
Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson
ORDER ‘DESTROYERS OF THE SOFT LIFE’ HERE