The Beast You Are , the new album from L.A.'s Big Business, delivers 10 doses ofuncategorizably heavy rock music. From the ominous death march of "The Moor You Know" tothe soaring "Let Them Grind" to the delicate, ethereal "Under Everest," the band continues todefy listeners’ expectations. There are hints of Melvins, Torche, and Tad, but drummer CoadyWillis (Murder City Devils) and bassist/vocalist Jared Warren (Karp) bring their own offkiltersensibilities to the genre. The two formed Big Business in 2004, and their idiosyncrasies sooncaught the attention of The Melvins. Together they recorded three albums, an EP, and varioussongs between 2006 and 2016, all while maintaining their own identity as Big Business. Theyalso picked up guitarists Toshi Kasai and Scott Martin along the way, but on 2016's CommandYour Weather , they returned to their core duo format. They remain in that lineup for this, theirsixth full length: The Beast You Are.
The year is 2003. The place: Seattle, Washington. In a tiny room packed some really nice gear, Jared Warren andCoady Willis recorded the first fulllength Big Business album, Head For The Shallow. Both Jared & Cody had previously recorded with Phil Ek, and really liked him as person, as well as his production sensibilities. Phil had made many records at AVAST! Studios and was right at home, which made the band feel a lot more comfortable. Says Coady, "I remember listening to the rough mixes of the O.G. in the van and getting super excited. It was sounding great, just like a real record! I still feel proud of this album. It made me feel confident that we could do more."
Jared Waren (Karp) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) formed Big Business in 2003 in Seattle, Washington. Theirfirst fulllength album ( Head For The Shallow ) was released in 2005, followed by Here Come the Waterworks in 2007. The timeline of writing and recording Here Come the Waterworks is intertwined with the band's move to Los Angeles to play with the Melvins. Although Jared and Coady had not yet toured with the Melvins, they were living and practicing in L.A., and had just recorded (a)Senile Animal with the legendary and highly influential doom metal band. At this point, most of the songs on Here Come the Waterworks were fully formed. Big Business headed back up to Seattle to once again record with Phil Ek at AVAST! Studios. David Scott Stone was along to play guitar, with the idea that he would also become a permanent member of the band, but it became clear as recording progressed that he wasn't able to meet the strict demands of being in a touring band. Of the LP, Coady says, "I think we made a good record, the songs were starting to get a little more ambitious."
Mind the Drift is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Big Business. Jared Waren (Karp) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) formed Big Business in 2003 in Seattle, Washington. They released their first two full length albums in 2005 (Head For The Shallow) and in 2007 (Here Come the Waterworks). At the time of the 2009 Mind the Drift release, producer/engineer extraordinaire Toshi Kasai (Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters) had been playing guitar with Big Business for a while. And in the months before the record was made, Jared and Coady had been touring pretty heavily with the Melvins. "I think we wanted to elevate the songs and make it really grand, like a Queen record," says Coady. "It's definitely thehardest record we've made to this day. The session was plagued with technical glitches from the getgo, so it felt like we never picked up any momentum. To my memory, it always felt like we were under this insane time crunch every step of the way. So as you can imagine the fun factor was pretty low. I think we learned an important lesson about how we best operate in the studio, and what we needed to have fun and feel creative and comfortable."
Recorded in Joshua Tree, CA, "Command Your Weather" sees Big Business return to its original two-man lineup of Jared Warren and Coady Willis. It'sa haunting dream about the struggle for dominance of will over the power and unpredictability of nature. Or it's just a really great rock record, it depends on how weird you're willing to get. But you've never had so much fun being crushed in the cogs of the universe's great machine, that much is for sure! I mean, there's no law against having a couple cold beers while we all burn in the fire of time, am I right?!
Recorded by Dave Curran of UNSANE/PIGS/BIG BUSINESS' previous record fame. Founded in 2003 in Seattle, WA., Big Business has spent the last 13 years touring the world and making records. In 2006 Jared and Coady joined forces with the Melvins and moved to Los Angeles. Performing as members of the Melvins and staying autonomous as their own band, they have been there ever since.