Get there early to catch the gloriously filthy two-piece Big Business. Info
The Seattle-formed, currently LA-based duo Big Business arrived in a furious slick of blasted-out bass riffs and rollicking, athletic metal drumming with its first two albums, 2005's Head For The Shallow and 2007's Here Come The Waterworks. On songs like Shallow opener "O.G." and Waterworks' "Grounds For Divorce," bassist/vocalist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis fused the filthy density of stoner-doom with thrashing urgency, and Warren's songwriting shares the over-the-top smart-assedness of his earlier band, the legendary KARP. During the band's first few years, Warren and Willis also comprised half of a massive-sounding double-drumkit lineup of the Melvins, making for epic shows that would start with a Big Business set before King Buzzo and Dale Crover joined the duo onstage.
Those first two Big Business records are easily the band's rawest and best, but even then, there was some actual guitar at the margins to balance out Warren's workhorse bass-as-rhythm-guitar playing. Over the next three records—2009's Mind The Drift, 2013's Battlefields Forever, and 2016's Control Your Weather—the band expanded its sound with more prominent guitars and synths, darkly layered vocal harmonies, and moments of breathing room amid the blown-out sludge. At different points, Willis and Warren brought guitarists Scott Martin and Toshi Kasai into trio and quartet lineups of the band. Even so, Big Business never stopped being essentially a screaming wooly beast of a rhythm section, and the lineup went back down to two as of Control Your Weather. The band opens up here for Portland, Oregon metal outfit Red Fang. —Scott Gordon