The guys in the Business don't care about your haircut. They don't care about posing, the scene, or being hip—that stuff just takes time away from the important things like soccer and rock 'n' roll. When punk in England started veering too close to "art," the Business (and other working-class kids with guitars) set out to drag it back down to reality, proudly wearing blue collars soaked in the blood and beer of football riots. Their approach remains simple: take bits of punk, pub rock, and stadium chants and turn them into anthems about the everyday struggle at the docks, in the bars, and on the streets. Punk rock has gone through countless changes since the Business formed, but they've never stopped making the kind of no-nonsense, no-frills fight music that they started with over 30 years ago (they've even released a new EP). True to form for such a band, the Business are still lacing up their Doc Martens, still rowdy, and still doing their job. With the Hollowpoints. 18+.
Fri., April 30, 8 p.m., 2010