Rumor has it that it’s going to start dumping white shit soon, beginning this afternoon or early evening so thank the Lord that today’s workout calls for a 7.25k easy drill run as leaping and skipping in knee high snow drifts sucks; plus, it looks like of gay. Anyway, it’s a new day, a new workout, and a new album to check out, specifically the ‘Essential Tremors‘ album by J. Roddy Walston & the Business.
The Business was formed in 2002 in Cleveland, Tennessee by J. Roddy Walston (vocals/piano/guitar), Billy Gordon (lead guitar/vocals), Logan Davis (bass/vocals) and Steve Colmus (drums) and are particularly known for their energetic live shows and Walston’s pounding style of playing the piano. ‘Essential Tremors’ was released on September 10th, 2013 and was followed by a nationwide “Holler and Moan” tour with support from Fly Golden Eagle including a show at both weekends of Austin City Limits Music Festival. In the fall of 2014, ‘Sweat Shock‘, the single off this album was featured in a Coors Light commercial. Oh goodie. I’m working out to an anthem that promotes light beer. How’s that for irony?
Anyway, the Business are a tough band to pin down, with a sound that is both familiar and then something else again: a mix of Southern rock, and Jerry Lee Lewis with some Big Star tossed in, a whole lot of Led Zeppelin stomp, a Creedence Clearwater Revival kind of bounce to everything, and maybe some Motown soul tossed in for good measure. The album title refers to a nervous-system disorder that affects main singer and songwriter Walston and causes his hands to shake on occasion. Well, if that shaking in any way has something to do with the awesome key-bashing happening throughout this album then, hey, it can’t be so bad because this album is absolutely smoking. It’s full of sturdy riffs, thundering drums, smart lyrics, surprising harmonies, and amazing atmospherics. The first single ‘Heavy Bells‘, rises into a shrieking, blistering chorus, the totally rock-worthy ‘Marigold‘ is catchy all hell, the classic rock-sounding ‘Take It as It Comes‘ rips, the high vocals and Led Zeppelin kinetics of ‘Black Light’ also rips, the Big Star-like ballad ‘Nobody Knows‘ is intriguing, ‘Boys Can Never Tell‘ (complete with pedal steel guitar from Jeremy Long) is wise and beautiful, ‘Same Days‘ (my favorite) is cool and funky and the R&B feel of the set-closer ‘Midnight Cry‘ was a great way to end it all off.
It wasn’t too rough going for an easy run today as I feel like my running legs are beginning to come back – albeit slowly. Other than that, it was freezing cold outside (feels like -10°) today (snow is definitely coming) but nothing a little funk and a little ABC drills down the Friendship Trail couldn’t fix. And now for some hot chocolate.