Big Business to mesmerise Roadburn 2017 with their unusual brand of heaviness

A lot of Big Business‘ current fans might have gotten into the band because of their association with the legendary Melvins – it was very early in their career, shortly before they released their incredible second full-length, Here Come The Waterworks, that Jared Warren and Coady Willis, the two wildly creative, adventurous musicians that constitute this remarkable Seattle band, joined Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover to complete what has become one of the most stable and recognisable Melvins formations since their inception in 1983.

Fortunately, however, that did not mean an end, or even a slowing down, for the constant bubbling chaos of inventiveness and imagination that is Big Business. Fast forward a full decade, and this year, they have released Command Your Weather, already their fifth album, yet another bold statement of rule-ignoring awesomeness.

Usually tagged as stoner or sludge by default, the duo’s scope is so much broader that it almost feels a little insulting to narrow them down to those or any other categories. As a band who likes to constantly challenge itself and throw itself out of any possible comfort zone, even “metal” would be a reductive umbrella term to throw at Big Business.

Yes, often it is Willis‘ restless, full-on drum attack or Warren‘s commanding yelp that help elevate those massive bass grooves to neck-breaking status, but as so much on Command Your Weather (to mention but this last album) shows, the pair is equally adept at burrowing into your skull with infectious power pop melodies or expanding your mind with colourful psychedelia that seems to have come directly from three or four decades ago.

Traces of Melvins themselves do appear, of course, although it is a testament to Jared and Coady that in the scales of who brought more to which band, the plates of Big Business and Melvins are evenly balanced.

The last time this dynamic duo set foot at Roadburn was way back in 2007, in the company of their Melvins bros, but now, fully grown up and with a bunch more records, experience and exactly the same amount of boundless creativity, they will return on their own, as the singular, unique musical force they are. Big Business are playing Roadburn 2017 at the 013 venue, on Friday, April 21 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Roadburn Festival 2017 will take place April 20-23 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets are now on sale!

José Carlos Santos, December 2016

Date: April 21

Time: 18:00

Stage: Green Room