Today marks the beginning of a new series I'll be running now through the weekend of the Bunbury Festival in July. With at least 80 bands coming to town, there is quite a bit of music to get familiarized with! My plan is to look at 2-3 bands every week, especially ones I'm less familiar with. I'm kicking off the souncheck with J. Roddy Walston & The Business and The Yugos!
I'll get things started with J. Roddy Walston & The Business, a band I hadn't heard until the Bunbury lineup was released at the end of February. A friend of mine highly recommended them to me, so I was eager to check them out and was incredibly pleased with what I heard.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business has a gritty sound with solid guitar riffs, bass lines, and drum beats. Their music reminds me of both The Black Keys and Kings of Leon, with a toe-tapping sound that made me think of summer weekends with friends. It's a sound that's a great combination of rock and jam and is great for those times when you just want to hang out, tap your toes, and enjoy some solid, moving music. I'm quite eager to hear more of their music as we move into spring and am eager to see what their performance brings
The Yugos have a lighter sound in comparison to J. Roddy Walston & The Business. Their sound is decidedly more punk and upbeat, and reminds me a good deal of the bands I listened to early in college - but more grown up. They would fit solidly in any alt-rock lineup with their fast-paced guitar riffs and energetic drumming. The Yugos are a band local to the Cincinnati area, and Allen and I have already seen them live. We went to the Bunbury launch event for the Greater Cincinnati area and The Yugos were the first band to take the stage.
Their alt-rock, punk-pop sound translates incredibly well to the stage. The whole band is upbeat and fun to watch, and their music made me want to get up and dance as I tapped my toes. Since the show, I've listened to quite a bit of their music and can see it becoming a regular part of my summer music rotation.
I'm incredibly eager to hear more from both of these wonderful bands as they start to set the soundtrack for my summer.