Murder By Death and J Roddy Walston & The Business with guest Jonny Fritz

Murder By Death and J Roddy Walston & The Business with guest Jonny Fritz

Live from The Backyard Stage!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Gates 6:00PM | Starts 7:00PM
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$25.00 – Advanced Purchase General Admission Standing Room
$28.00 – Day of Show General Admission Standing Room

Website : https://murderbydeath.com/

As trailblazers of the early 2000s indie-Americana style, the Louisville, KY-based quintet Murder By Death finds a way of taking tried & true rock-and-roll and knocking it slightly off axis, into tottering revolutions of something eerie, emotional, immediate, lush, and uniquely theirs. Murder By Death’s eighth full-length album The Other Shore is a space-western about a ravaged Earth, its fleeing populace, and a relationship in jeopardy. It’s an epic journey rocketing toward the unknown - in the universe, within the characters represented through 11 songs, and through the band’s evolving sound. But basically, the quest poses the ultimatum: Stick with what you have, or risk it all to find something new. As the album and voyage progress, the atmosphere transitions from earthy to cosmic, sober to festive - from folksy Midwestern indie rock (“Stone”) and piano-laden devil-on-one-shoulder/angel-on-the-other Leonard Cohen-style balladry (“Only Time”), to buoyant new wave recalling The Cure (“Bloom”) and celebratory jangly singalongs (“I Have Arrived”).

The Other Shore pits quantifiable reality against incalculable newness. The duality of big and broad vs. microscopic and narrow is ever-present, especially as the group explores untapped genres, dynamic and emotional touches, intersecting and introspective storylines, and remote edges of the galaxy. Welcome: After nearly 20 years, thousands of performances around the world, and eight albums – you’ve landed on your new Murder By Death.

Not many bands experience the sort of growth in prominence and audience size that J Roddy Walston & The Business have witnessed in the past several years. Road warriors from the time they formed in 2002, JRWATB has long been an underground favorite, toiling away in clubs and bars and carving out its own niche outside of the rock mainstream. But the radio success of their breakout hit album Essential Tremors opened new doors and fostered exciting opportunities, including invites to Lollapalooza, the Newport Folk Festival, and Bonnaroo, and a featured slot in an episode of the prestigious music TV institution, Austin City Limits. With every new experience came requests to play more shows. And while Essential Tremors, inspired pangs of joy in music fans that yearn for the days of Bob Seger and early Bruce Springsteen, when the Walston returned home from touring in 2015 and began contemplating his next move, he no longer felt the same connection to that classic-rock sound. Cue Destroyers of the Soft Life.

With Destroyers of the Soft Life, the fourth LP by J. Roddy Walston and The Business out now via ATO Records, JRWATB pursued a brighter, more nuanced sound that teased out the band’s latent pop sensibilities without skimping on energy or attitude. As you press play on the opening track “You Know Me Better”, anthemic guitars scream out of buoyant, hooky lyrics as Walston’s chugging piano supplies a persistent heartbeat. The “bar band” sound of the past has been replaced by an aspirational, booming cacophony that could fill stadiums.



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