Big Business at Old Nick's Pub
Big Business is 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 duos racket falls. I guess psychedelic heavy metal punk rock? I dont know. People always say sludge rock, which I always found to be lazy and kind of inaccurate," says drummer Coady Willis. "A lot of our songs are fast, and its not like were playing a half-assed Black Sabbath riff over and over again. Thats been the struggle of the band. Were a band that doesnt really fit into what everyone else is doing."
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 outfits first three albums didnt quite mesh with Hydra Heads 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 2016s Command Your Weather, they returned to their core duo format. They remain in that lineup on their sixth full-length, The Beast You Are.
Its just better. We work faster, and we know what were both going for. It gives us more room to be weirder in certain aspects and try different things. It makes sense because thats how we established ourselves in the beginning and how we learned to write songs together, it was just the two of us. Coming back to that lineup felt natural, continues Willis. The two performed everything on the album, which was recorded between the 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 theyve ever written for an album, The Beast You Are delivers 13 doses of uncategorizably 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 continues to defy listeners expectations. No matter the context of their music, however, one thing remains true: they are definitely still a band.
Amid the angry breakdowns and evil fits of rhythmic blasts via John Cota on drums and Cole Mears on bass, the energy Death Eyes emits is both penetrating and intemperate. Jason Blackmore adds to the collective turmoil with layers of guitar serving as gasoline thrown on an already raging flame, at times all-out raw and unrestrained and others calculated, waiting to burst forth with new assault. At the center of it all is vocalist Alberto Jurado: a force to be reckoned with, a larger than life personality that has the seemingly effortless ability to take attention by force and keep it for the duration of a set. Lyrics are as likely to be in Spanish as English, alternating between the two fluidly and with fierce confidence. His delivery works in the same way, vacillating between spoken-style lyrics and all-consuming caterwauls, wild-eyed stares and flailing body in tow.
Old Nick's Pub (View)
211 Washington Street
EUGENE, OR 97402
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|