J. Roddy Walston & The Business Share 'You Know Me Better,' Announce New Album

Eric Ryan Anderson
J. Roddy Walston and the Business

'Destroyers of the Soft Life' is set to be released Sept. 29.

Southern underground rockers J. Roddy Walston & The Business are returning with Destroyers of the Soft Life, set to be released Sept. 29, the band announced Wednesday (Aug 16), sharing an early taste with the new track, "You Know Me Better."

“We had never been a band where we pretended that it’s 1965. Loud rock and roll music has become less relevant because it’s just been on a loop," lead singer Rod Walston said in a statement. "If there was any rule on this record, it was, let’s be a part of music right now. I want to be part of living music in this moment.”

The new album follows up 2013's Essential Tremors and marks the quartet's fourth studio album since forming in Baltimore in 2002. Walston welcomed his first child over the course of creating the album, which was recorded in a Richmond, Virginia, WWII-era bomb shelter that the band transformed into a recording studio.

That includes the lead single, "The Wanting," a rugged melody about a fractured father-son relationship that dropped in June. The new track "You Know Me Better" is co-produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Father John Misty) and follows the group's raspy, anthem-like rock sound, hinging on an emotive chorus: "You know me better than I know myself/ I don't have to think/ I think it's just as well."

Listen to "You Know Me Better" in the track's official lyric video below and scroll on for the band's fall touring schedule. 

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Fall Touring Schedule

Aug 22 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Aug 24 -- Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 20th Anniversary Residency
Aug 25 -- Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 20th Anniversary Residency
Aug 26 -- Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 20th Anniversary Residency
Sep 2 -- Snowshoe, WV @ Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Sep 9 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
Sep 10 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Sep 12 -- Green Bay, WI @ Badger State Brewing Company
Sep 14 -- Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
Sep 15 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep 16 -- Fargo, ND @ Dekker Brewing Company
Sep 18 -- Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Sep 19 -- Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
Sep 22 -- Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sep 23 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
Sep 24 -- Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sep 26 -- San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
Sep 27 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Sep 30 -- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
Oct 4 -- Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
Oct 5 -- Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Oct 7 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Oct 8 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Oct 10 -- Orlando, FL @ The Social
Oct 11 -- Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
Oct 13 -- Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre
Oct 14 -- Greenville, SC @ Fall for Greenville
Oct 15 -- Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre