J. Roddy Walston on band’s switch to ATO
As The Sun reported earlier this week, J. Roddy Walston and the Business have joined the Drive By Truckers, Alabama Shakes, and others on the roster of ATO record label. City Paper got in touch with Walston to see what the change means.
“We’d actually jumped ship with Vagrant [records] six months or a year ago when we started to write for the new record,” Walston says. “The ATO folks were into the demo–obviously they’ve made some crazy great records.”
Walston says that the band is going to the studio in Valdosta , Ga. this weekend to begin recording with Mark Neill and Mat Wignall. “We’ve got about 20 songs that we’ll probably narrow down to 11,” Walston said. “There’s a long period between releases–enough time to get obsessed with five to 100 bands. But it feels like all of the songs have a more melodic core. But, I’m excited myself to find out what the new album will sound like. We didn’t want to do that last record over and over.” Walston expects the new album to come out this summer.