J-Roddy Walston and The Business Sign To Fairfax/Vagrant
New Album Due Out This Spring
LOS ANGELES, CA – (February 12, 2010) – J-RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS have recently announced their signing to Fairfax/Vagrant. The group recorded at Sound City Studios last fall with producer Kevin Augunas (Jon Brion, Cold War Kids). The as-yet-untitled album will be released this spring.
"Vagrant already feels like home to us," said drummer Steve Colmus. "We can’t wait for people to hear the new record, and to just get out and play the living hell out of some shows.
The Baltimore, Maryland-based five piece has toured numerous times with Vagrant labelmates The Hold Steady and Murder By Death.
The band self-released their debut, Hail Mega Boys, in 2007 which prompted critics to say that J-Roddy Walston and The Business is “the purest American rock-and-roll band I’ve heard in years,” (Flagpole) and sounds like “a butcher version of Queen and Ben Folds with a full backing band and a fistful of Lexapro” (WCPR). The quintet’s live show is an experience likened to “a live bull fight,” (Philly Style) and “infectiously manic…they make James Brown look lazy,” (Baltimore City Paper).
J-Roddy Walston and The Business is: J-Roddy Walston– vocals, piano, guitar, Billy Gordon – guitar, vocals, Zach Westphal – bass, vocals, Steve Colmus – drums.
J-Roddy Walston and The Business tour dates:
Feb 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire (Northern Liberties Music Festival)
Mar 04 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (early show)
Mar 11 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
Mar 12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Star Bar
Mar 13 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
Mar 15 – Oxford, MS @ Parrish Baker Pub
Mar 16 – Shreveport, LA @ Hayride Diner
Mar 16-20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 21 – Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern
Mar 23 – Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House Parlor
Mar 26 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Mar 27 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.