Big Business – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – April 16th, 2019

Big Business

Loud and legendary Seattle/LA act featuring with new Joyful Noise LP, 'The Beast You Are'

Sold Out: Big Business

Gaytheist, Nasalrod

Tue, April 16, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13 ADV / $15 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

 

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Big Business
Big Business
Big Business is a band. They play heavy rock. On that, we can all agree. Things get tricky when you try to classify exactly where on the musical spectrum the dynamic duo's racket falls. "I guess psychedelic heavy metal punk rock? I don't know. People always say 'sludge rock,' which I always found to be lazy and kind of inaccurate," says drummer Coady Willis. "A lot of our songs are fast, and it's not like we're playing a half-assed Black Sabbath riff over and over again. That's been the struggle of the band. We're a band that doesn't really fit into what everyone else is doing."

Willis comes from punk rockers The Murder City Devils. His co-conspirator, bassist/vocalist Jared Warren, spent time in noise rock weirdos Karp. Together, they formed Big Business in 2004. The LA-based outfit's first three albums didn't quite mesh with Hydra Head's post-metal aesthetic, but their idiosyncrasies caught the attention of another iconoclastic outfit: The Melvins. They recorded three albums, an EP, and various songs between 2006 and 2016 with that iconic grunge/doom/experimental act, all while maintaining their own identity as Big Business. Along the way, they picked up guitarists Toshi Kasai and Scott Martin, but on 2016's Command Your Weather, they returned to their core duo format. They remain in that lineup on their sixth full-length, The Beast You Are.

"It's just better. We work faster, and we know what we're both going for. It gives us more room to be weirder in certain aspects and try different things. It makes sense because that's how we established ourselves in the beginning and how we learned to write songs together, it was just the two of us. Coming back to that lineup felt natural," continues Willis. The two performed everything on the album, which was recorded between the early November and early December of 2018 at El Studio in San Francisco by Phil Becker (Pins of Light, Terry Gross). Willis, Warren, and Becker handled the mixing, with Carl Saff lending his mastering expertise to the final product. Once more, Warren has hacked up some construction paper for one of his unique cover art pieces.

With a new, dynamic demoing process leading to the creation of the most songs they've ever written for an album, The Beast You Are delivers 13 doses of uncategorizably heavy rock music. From the ominous death march of "The Moor You Know" to the soaring "Let Them Grind" to the delicate, ethereal "Under Everest," Big Business continues to defy listener's expectations. No matter the context of their music, however, one thing remains true: they are definitely still a band.
Gaytheist
Gaytheist
"Dear Whoever reads this:
Please help! I've been trapped in a basement since 2011 by three idiots calling themselves "GAYTHEIST". I believe I'm in Portland, lots of complaining about both the sun and rain. They play so loud my ear drums have ruptured, and the tempo of their ridiculously heavy songs keeps getting faster and faster. Thank god the singer actually tries to sing and doesn't just scream...oh no, wait, now they're starting to scream. You guys had a good thing going, why ruin it?? They're not human, I've never seen them eat or drink (yet come to think of it I have seen them poop and pee). -Corey Corflax"
Nasalrod
Nasalrod
Described by The Deli Magazine contributor Tracy Mamoun as “surprising, experimental, and fun like rock n’ roll should be,” Nasalrod is a collaborative vision. The intensity of drummer Spit Stix (a founding member of the seminal L.A. punk band FEAR) is a major driving force behind the Portland quartet.

“The genre police will never close the case on Nasalrod. You can’t call them punk because you’d be selling them short. They don’t play noise rock because their songs have structure, even a dance-ability at times. You could almost call them a pop band, but they’re way too heavy and aggressive. They’re a band of musical masterminds that can’t be caught.”
– Aris Wales, The Portland Mercury

Nasalrod’s rst 12” release, Building Machines, opens with the urgent riff of Wage Slave, a frenetic yet tuneful song about the tragicomic daily grind. An off-center concoction of contorted guitar gures and shape-shifting rhythms quickly add fuel to the re, setting the pace for this full length vinyl debut.

Named after the bone in Screamin’ Jay’s nose, Nasalrod has found that originality and insanity can go hand
in hand. Lead singer Chairman’s sneering, kooky yet soulful vocals soar over a sound that is simultaneously melodic, violent and convulsive. Spit Stix, guitarist Mustin Douch, and bassist Mandy Morgan (formerly of Recess Records band Berzerk) provide a sonic backdrop that is the twisted and theatrical heart of Nasalrod.

Armed with their notoriously frantic live show, Nasalrod has shared stages with Mike Watt, Toys That Kill, Torche, and Melt-Banana. In October, the band will begin by performing regionally, and then expand the tour dates nationally throughout 2018 in support of Building Machines.