J. Roddy Walston & the Business Shine on First Song In 4 Years: Premiere

Eric Ryan Anderson
J. Roddy Walston and the Business

"The Wanting" is off the band's upcoming new record.

It's been four years since we've heard anything new from Richmond, Virginia rock band J. Roddy Walston & the Business (since the 2013 release of their record Essential Tremors). Luckily, Monday (June 26) marks the triumphant return of the rockers as they share their first new song in years, “The Wanting.”

“The Wanting,” which will appear on the band’s forthcoming record due out this fall, is a gleaming rock release from the band featuring shimmering guitar work that drives the track forward, with upbeat percussion and the Southern drawl of J. Roddy Walston’s vocals. Though the song is big and bright, its emotional lyrics shine as Walston sings yearningly about a painful, estranged relationship between father and son -- the one thing he wants and will never have. 

Of the song, Walston said, “Even though it is a dark song with a brutal ending, I find hope and beauty in the idea of these two people that had a shared sense of both regret and longing for each other.

“I personally fell in love with writing music again,” Walston explained. “It took a while but once I realized I had room to try things that I had never tried before, I became addicted to the process.”

Listen to the premiere below.