J. Roddy Walston & the Business are currently on tour in support of their must-hear third album, the recently released Essential Tremors, but footage of a brilliantly sloppy gig the Southern-raised punks played a few months ago has just been uncovered. Filmed at New York City's Mercury Lounge this past June, the clip catches the rag-tag crew shredding Little Richard's iconic "Lucille."
"Little Richard's original recording of Lucille is just one of the greatest rock'n'roll vocal takes of all time," Walston told SPIN. "So of course, like a fool, I said we should up the tempo, stretch out the riffs, and cover this song. We wanted the energy to be somewhere between real deal rock'n'roll and a full on Nirvana-esque freak out. It worked and I think it helped us see where we wanted Essential Tremors to land."
Take a peak at where J. Roddy Walston & the Business ended up by watching their cover of "Lucille" above. To witness the foursome's ramshackle live shows firsthand, scroll down for upcoming tour dates. And Essential Tremors is now available through iTunes.
J. Roddy Walston & the Business tour dates:
September 28 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
September 30 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
October 1 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
October 3 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
October 5 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
October 7 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
October 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
October 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
October 12 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company
October 13 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
October 15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
October 18 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr.
October 19 - Dallas, TX @ INDEX Festival
October 21 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
October 23 -Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
October 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
October 25 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
October 26 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
October 28 - Charleston, SC @ The Pour House
October 29 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
October 31 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
November 2 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
November 4 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott’s
November 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
November 7 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club