Album review: Big Business, “Command Your Weather”

by Jon E. Lynch

Big Business, “Command Your Weather”

Available: Now, via Joyful Noise Recordings as a digital download, compact disc, cassette tape, on standard black vinyl LP and while supplies last, a limited-edition gold vinyl LP. Sorry friends: The hyper-limited 300 hand-numbered, clear-vinyl-with-gold-rays LP sold out some time ago.

Durango has a ridiculous number of Melvins fans. Whenever the band plays New Mexico, no matter if it is Santa Fe or Albuquerque, there is a strong traveling contingent from our small mountain town. It’s impressive, I suppose. I see nearly every fan of heavier-leaning rock music I know at these shows down South. I think it’s great. I mean, I’m there as well, right? An early show I was allowed to see without parental supervision as a young teen was The Melvins opening for Primus. I’d even suggest that The Melvins were better that night in the fall of ’93.

HOWEVER. I’m just going to get this out of the way now. Especially considering the inexplicably rabid, sometimes-not-always-mind-you narrow-minded fan base that would kill in the name of Buzzo: I prefer Big Business to The Melvins.

This makes little sense to me, but rock music doesn’t always have to make sense. Big Business is the project of the Melvins rhythm section of Jared Warren (bass/lead vocals) and Coady Willis (drums/ backing vocals) that has been slowing things down since 2005. The music is still heavy, the riffage is still tight, and they even bring in guest guitarists to round out tours and records both. Most, if not all, Melvins fans are already well aware of Big Business. Now the rest of you can enjoy the pummeling.

If it’s any consolation, I prefer Willis’ recently-resurrected Murder City Devils to both Big Business AND The Melvins. So, you know … yeah.

For fans of sludge rock, stoner metal, The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, Baroness or Red Fang

— Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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