We have a feeling that most of the ding dongs wandering around the internet right now will be quick to reference The Hold Steady the first time they hear J Roddy Walston and the Business. Maybe they’ll throw out words like “bar band” or “whiskey” as well. It could get crazy. While J Roddy and his Baltimore-based Business clearly sound as though they’ve filled an ashtray/shot glass or nine, “Brave Man’s Death” boasts a brawn that we haven’t heard in a rock band since Catfish Haven came and went. Listen to the way they roll their sleeves up at the three-minute mark and then drop the hammer thirty seconds later. To hear Walston say he doesn’t want to die is to believe him— you’d have to be a real ding dong not to.
J Roddy Walston and The Business, Brave Man’s Death
Their self-titled sophomore LP is out July 27, courtesy of Vagrant.