Big Business at Triple Rock Social Club, 9/17/12
with Gay Witch Abortion and Lungs
Another local act, Lungs, opened the show with straight-ahead doom-tinged material, with the nice surprise of a drummer as lead vocalist. Something about the stomp of the drums added nicely to the vocal growls, as the two guitarists and the bassist filled in with jazz and post-rock inspired riffs as well as the occasional singing section. While entertaining enough as headbang material, the persistent loud-to-quiet back-and-forth got tedious as it became apparent as a consistent pattern. Too often the songs would sound indistinguishable, but bouts of rhythmic trickery and occasional bursts of unexpected energy helped their set at certain moments. Leaning towards doom has the advantage of leaning on volume dynamics in place of songwriting, and Lungs were filling the role well -- but demanded more variety.
Jesse sings when he feels like it, and the songs with vocals lean towards squalor blues, a louder, crunchier version of the Black Keys. On instrumentals, they're a ballistic spaz-out that flirts with heaviness but manages to maintain an anticipatory high-end bleed to the point of exasperation. Echo effects and squealing feedback become the only distinguishable sound at times, leaving Walker to almost man songs structurally. It's an entertaining blitz of rock, and Jared Warren of Big Business was front row in the audience to take the whole thing in.
Drummer Coady Willis is an absolute joy to watch kill a drum set, as he meticulously hits in such a way as to make the differentiation between fills and rhythms null. Scott Martin added his extra guitar oomph to Jared's rattling basslines, proving the Big Business sound alone is worth the price of admission. Closer "Guns" ended similarly to how I saw them last: in a wall-of-sound dirge that found Jared and Scott tweaking and garbling their guitars over Coady's clamoring drum solo. This time around, Jared added "Have you heard the good news? He is risen" to the song's simple sing-along lyrics of "Guns are better than everything else," as the spacey drag of the finale closed out the show.
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