J. Roddy Walston & The Business, “Heavy Bells”

by | Oct 9, 2013

We’re just over the moon about this new J. Roddy Walston & The Business jam, which leads off their new LP, Essential Tremors, in fine heavy-rockin’ fashion. It’s already cementing its position as one of the best singles of the year–and now there’s an awesome accompanying video that only makes “Heavy Bells” seem even cooler.

We’re just over the moon about this new J. Roddy Walston & The Business jam, which leads off their new LP, Essential Tremors, in fine heavy-rockin’ fashion. It’s already cementing its position as one of the best singles of the year–and now there’s an awesome accompanying video that only makes “Heavy Bells” seem even cooler. Directed by Matt Wignall with special effects by Mike Aho, this clip is a hilarious parody of new age post-hippie cults–mainly Scientology, though there are some elements of Father Yod’s Source Family that show up as well. We particularly love the fake 70s-style infomercial clips advertising the “Essential Tremors Social Deprogramming Music Therapy”–and watching members of the RVA music scene take supposedly-enlightening electrical jolts is pretty hilarious as well. The video’s dramatic, hallucinogenic action fits well with the powerful crescendos of the song it’s accompanying, making this entire clip a real blast.


Photo by Jack Cox

J. Roddy & co. are on tour right now–between now and Monday, they’ll be playing four shows in California–but they’ll be back in RVA just in time for Halloween. They’ll be taking the stage at Strange Matter on Halloween night, with support provided by excellent local rock n’ rollers The Trillions and Sports Bar. Doors for that show open at 9 PM; tickets are $12, and can be ordered by clicking here: http://jroddy.eventbrite.com/ For more info, check out the Facebook event page right HERE. And of course, copies of Essential Tremors are still available on vinyl, CD, and mp3 from the band’s website: http://jroddywalstonandthebusiness.com/store Grab yourself a copy, order a ticket to the Strange Matter show, and solidify your Halloween night plans right now!

By Andrew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.




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