J. Roddy Walston & The Business has melded engaging, melodic songwriting with sharp observations about American culture on Destroyers of the Soft Life, their new album set for a September 29 release on ATO Records. Produced by studio veteran Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Father John Misty) and mixed by M. Allen Parker (Dan Auerbach, Sheryl Crow) the album is now available for pre-order.

Download EPK (includes bio, album art, and 2 press photos). For more information or additional press materials, please contact jeff@thesyn.com.


Destroyers of the Soft Life began two years ago when Rod Walston (lead singer / guitarist / piano), Billy Gordon (guitar), Logan Davis (bass) and Steve Colmus (drums) purchased space in a Richmond, Virigina WWII era bomb shelter turned lumber yard. The foursome gutted and subsequently spent seven months transforming it into their own recording studio. As they put down roots Walston also became a father for the first time, inspiring lyrics that take an unflinching look at family dynamics and parental motivations.

“We had never been a band where we pretended that it’s 1965,” Walston said. “Loud rock and roll music has become less relevant because it’s just been on a loop,” he says. “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.”



9/2 – Snowshoe, WV – Snowshoe Mountain Resort

9/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors

9/10 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall

9/12 – Green Bay, WI – Badger State Brewing Company

9/14 – Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

9/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

9/16 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

9/18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

9/19 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up

9/22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

9/23 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub

9/24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

9/26 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

9/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy

9/30 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

10/4 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall

10/5 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

10/7 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits

10/8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

10/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social

10/11 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar

10/13 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre

10/14 – Greenville, SC – Fall for Greenville

10/15 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre


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