And I thought I picked a needle in a haystack when selecting J. Roddy Walston and the Business as my favorite show at Lollapalooza 2011.
Clearly the needle has pricked some others. At a sold out Double Door Friday, the Baltimore boogie-rock quartet had a packed house singing along frequently--especially joining in on the band's fantastic "oohs" and "aahs" that anchor blistering songs that sometimes sound as if Kings of Leon indulged a Little Richard phase. In fact, Walston makes Richard's "Lucille" sound like an original, and, packed between howling renditions of favorites like "Full Growing Man," "Brave Man's Death" and the blazing closer "Used to Did," new songs from a forthcoming album didn't lose a step from material off the band's self-titled record. Walston neglected to share titles of the new stuff, but one that followed him requesting that the crowd dance could inspire a revival of the twist, as long as people don't mind breaking their ankles.
Once again, a great set of great songs from a great live band. This Business--and its frontman's awesome wail that emerges from a wild, flailing head of hair--has legs. Invest now.