Scraping Genius Off The Wheel


  • Gary Suarez


It is with a heavy, cholesterol-afflicted heart that I report the news that Big Business has posted a new song to their Myspace page that kinda sorta sucks.

Taken from the forthcoming album Mind The Drift, “Gold and Final” sorely lacks the penetrating percussion, monstrously memorable bass riffage, and roaring/soaring vocals of Here Come The Waterworks, one of my favorite metal albums of 2007 (second only to The Austerity Program’s game-changing Black Madonna). If this is the change that Obama has promised to bring, then let me be the first to call for an immediate Big Business bailout!

Though their membership in the latest lineup of the Melvins has naturally occupied a great deal of their time, Coady Willis and Jared Warren have managed to keep Big Business intact all the while, filling the heretofore impermanent guitar spot with Toshi Kasai of Dale Crover’s Altamont project. “Gold and Final” demonstrates a softer side to the band that, unfortunately, does not suit Jared’s voice at all. The rest of this record can’t possibly be this wimpy, right? RIGHT?!! Anyway. the album is due out in April on Hydra Head, so I’ll try to reserve judgement until I actually have a copy of Mind The Drift to listen to. Still, I can’t help but thinking this is going to let me down even more than Nude With Boots.


[Gary Suarez is a mythical beast that is half deer and half dragon. He also writes for Brainwashed and sometimes manages the consistently off-topic No Yoko No.]

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