Still, J. Roddy Walston and the Business are not aiming for the top of the singles chart. Instead, Colmus would like to see the band's trajectory follow another ATO act.
"My Morning Jacket is the ideal. They didn't have that one singular moment," Colmus, 33, said. "They just built this thing and all of a sudden it was there. And now they're everywhere."
It didn't happen overnight for My Morning Jacket, and it won't for Walston and the Business either. So they're back on the road for a United States fall tour that stops at Baltimore's Rams Head Live on Sept. 20. It will be a true homecoming for the band, which identifies itself as a Baltimore act despite the fact Gordon is the only one still living here. Colmus is in New York while Walston and 25-year-old bassist Logan Davis live in Richmond, Va., where the band now gathers to practice. They may be scattered along the East Coast, but the members all say they will forever be a Baltimore band.
"Even if we all moved away from there, I think the band itself is from Baltimore at this point," Walston said. "The band grew up there."
With the record in stores, the band can return its attention to its first passion — its live show — and stop wondering about the impact "Essential Tremors" might or might not have on the band.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter: They're still the same road warriors they were in Baltimore, but they're just a little wiser and more confident than before. Still, they know they've come this far trusting their own instincts, and now is not the time to stop.
"As a musician, I don't put on a show to maintain our reputation and I don't write songs to change or alter our reputation," Walston said. "We're just doing what we want to do."
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