Electric City Presents
J Roddy Walston & The Business
Gringo Star, Scruffy & The Janitors, Dj Thundercutz
1531 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
This event is 18 and over
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J Roddy Walston & The Business
The third album from J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Essential
Tremors borrows its name from a nervous-system disorder that’s long
plagued the band’s frontman. “It’s this condition where my hands
shake―sometimes not at all, but sometimes pretty bad,” says
singer/pianist/guitarist Walston. “I’ve referenced it throughout all our
records in some way, but it made sense to be more open about it on
this album, which is partly about owning and embracing your
weirdness instead of letting it hold you captive because you don’t even
want to talk about it.”
For J. Roddy Walston & The Business―who formed in 2002 in Walston’s
hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee―embracing weirdness means a
mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being
human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make
nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist
Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet
sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit.
On Essential Tremors, J. Roddy Walston & The Business builds off that
formula with a mix of heavy hooks and elegant melodies revealing
their affinity for artists as disparate as Led Zeppelin, pre-disco-era Bee
Gees, The Replacements, Randy Newman, and the Southern soul
outfits that once populated the Stax Records label. Co-produced by
Matt Wignall (Delta Spirit, Cold War Kids) and Grammy-winning
producer/engineer Mark Neill (The Black Keys) at Neill’s own Soil of the
South Studios (a Valdosta, Georgia-based facility where J. Roddy
Walston & The Business were the first to ever record), the follow-up to
2010’s much-acclaimed self-titled sophomore album also finds the
band crafting lyrics that ultimately serve as a secret language to the
“It seems like most bands write for either the animal side of people or
for the side that’s more in tune with the spirit or even just the psyche,
but we tend to just smash all those things together,” says Walston.
“It’s like we’re writing religious songs for the animal side. We’ve got
songs that feel like party songs but if you look at it closer, it’s
something more cerebral. So for the people who want to dig in and
connect all the weird crosswires, the song can turn into something
else.” And because J. Roddy Walston & The Business is practiced in the
art of subversion, he adds, “these are songs you can get away with
listening to around ‘the straights.’ The danger is in what lies behind the
codes and the prose, and how gently they unravel once you’ve
Endlessly shifting from snarling and stompy to warm and soulful—and
often encompassing all of the above within the same note―Essentia
Boiling up from the independent musical cauldron Hotlanta has become, here comes Gringo Star with its follow up to 2008's critically acclaimed debut, "All Y'all. The band now comes into its own with "Count Yer Lucky Stars, " a collection of catchy and instantly classic pop music. You won't be able to stop humming this spate of new and bright tunes, music that lifts the spirit. In this Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter) produced record, the surge of primordial forces that reveals itself through rock and roll only about every other generation has infected these multi-instrumentalists and the result is an upbeat album of raw energy and positivity. Live, if you can resist the urge to dance, you'll find your limbs shaking and your toes tapping to a band which has been described as "explosive," "electrifying," and "exceptional."
No need for the devices of the main stream musical glitterati who hide lifeless melodies and meaningless lyrics in stage productions and synchronized dancing meant to distract their wide eyed fans; here it's the music itself - honest and intense. The Gringos, brothers Nicholas and Pete Furgiuele, Pete DeLorenzo and Chris Kaufmann, play each show as if their lives depended on it, and it's that urgency combined with great song writing, pop beats and skilled harmonies that raise Gringo Star above the cacophonous crowd.
These four guys should be literally showered with the same kind of excited stammering and fawning heaped onto the stars of the early days of rock and roll, the musicians who were raging around the U.S., night after night, putting it all out there, playing their hearts out, singing until they were hoarse and soaked in sweat, letting the music do their talking. There were once musical movements in this country, but the fracturing and splintering of the music scene stopped new waves from forming and cresting. This is a band which is creating the new standards to usher in the next tsunami. If you have the chance to catch them in a small venue, you better do it while you still can.
Scruffy & The Janitors
"Rising from the ashes of St. Joe band the Thrush, Scruffy and the Janitors (Teriq Newton, Steven Foster, and Trevin Newton) have come into their own and in the process, become one of the best young bands in St. Joe. Blending a love of the blues (Son House, The White Stripes, Howlin’ Wolf, The Black Keys) with the raw emotion of garage bands like The Animals and The Kinks, Scruffy and the Janitors put on a flamethrower of a show every time they set foot on the stage, and they are only getting better. Their originals like “Plain Jane” “There’s a Ghost” or “I Will Pick You Up” blend seamlessly with the covers they choose, whether it be The Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly” or “House of the Rising Sun.” If you love rock at its rawest, do not miss Scruffy and the Janitors."