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Joyful Noise Recordings

BIG BUSINESS 'The Beast You Are'

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BIG BUSINESS are a band. They play heavy rock. On that, we can all agree. Things get tricky when you try to classify exactly where on the musical spectrum the dynamic duo’s racket falls. The drummer, Coady Willis, comes from punk rockers The Murder City Devils. His co-conspirator, bassist/vocalist Jared Warren, spent time in noise rock weirdos Karp. Together, they formed BIG BUSINESS in 2004. The LA-based outfit’s first three albums didn’t quite mesh with Hydra Head’s post-metal aesthetic, but their idiosyncrasies caught the attention of another iconoclastic outfit: The Melvins. They recorded three albums, an EP, and various songs between 2006 and 2016 with that iconic grunge/doom/experimental act, all while maintaining their own identity as BIG BUSINESS. Along the way, they picked up guitarists Toshi Kasai and Scott Martin, but on 2016’s 'Command Your Weather', they returned to their core duo format. They remain in that lineup on their sixth full-length, 'The Beast You Are'. The two performed everything on the album, which was recorded between early November and early December of 2018 at El Studio in San Francisco by Phil Becker (Pins of Light, Terry Gross). Willis, Warren, and Becker handled the mixing, with Carl Saff lending his mastering expertise to the final product. Once more, Warren has hacked up some construction paper for one of his unique cover art pieces. With a new, dynamic demoing process leading to the creation of the most songs they’ve ever written for an album, 'The Beast You Are' delivers 13 doses of uncategorizable heavy rock music. From the ominous death march of “The Moor You Know” to the soaring “Let Them Grind” to the delicate, ethereal “Under Everest,” BIG BUSINESS continue to defy listener’s expectations. There are hints of Melvins, Torche, and Tad, but these two bring their own off-kilter sensibilities to the genre. No matter the context of their music, however, one thing remains true: they are definitely still a band.