J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors (2013)
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
ATO Records, 2013
I had heard good things about J. Roddy Walston & The Business, but had never taken the time to listen to their music until Essential Tremors came across my desk a few weeks ago. The band delivers a gritty, authentic performance that is lacking in so many modern acts, regardless of genre. In this Baltimore quartet, you have musicians fighting for recognition while staying true to themselves and the result is genuine rock and roll.
Walston packs a punch on Essential Tremors with a heavy seventies vibe. “Black Light” and “Sweat Shock” both sound like they could have come from an Aerosmith Toys In The Attic session (albeit with a different singer), while “Same Days” has a more radio-friendly feel; “Tear Jerk” has all the makings of a greaser anthem.
Essential Tremors is a fantastic rock and roll album, certainly one of the top releases of the year.
Check out the band performing “Marigold” for Sirius XM below:
1. Heavy Bells
3. Take It As It Comes
4. Black Light
5. Sweat Shock
6. Nobody Knows
7. Hard Times
8. Boys Can Never Tell
9. Same Days
10. Tear Jerk
11. Midnight Cry