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J Roddy Walston and The Business with Dan Luke and The Raid

J Roddy Walston and The Business with Dan Luke and The Raid

Heading into Destroyers of the Soft Life, the fourth LP by J. Roddy Walston and The Businessset to be releasedSeptember 29 via ATO Records, JRWATBpursued a brighter, more nuanced sound that teased out the band’s latent pop sensibilities without skimping on energy or attitude. As you press play on the opening track “You Know Me Better”, anthemic guitars scream out of buoyant, hooky lyricsas Walston’s chugging piano supplies a persistent heartbeat. The “bar band” sound of the past has been replaced by an aspirational, booming cacophony that could fill stadiums. Instead of the raucous bombast JRWATB manifested on their breakout hit album Essential Tremors, the band’s leader had certain rules he was determined to followon Destroyers of the Soft Life. Onewas:“Speak/sing clearly, no hiding behind mumbles.” Another was,“D.I.Y. but hi-fi —record ourselves as much as possible but have it sound amazing and full.”The final, most important, rule was, “Nostalgia is a cancer —acknowledge that you are in the present.” “We had never been a band where we pretended that it’s 1965,” Walston says. “But we ended up in situations with our records where those rules were imposed on us.”On Essential Tremors, JRWATBinspired pangs of joy in music fans that…

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