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Mind the Drift

Big Business

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Bass player Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis did the unthinkable on their third studio album — they added a guitar player. But Toshi Kasai doesn’t let 2009’s Mind the Drift sound anything like Karp or the Murder City Devils (Warren and Williams’ respective former bands). Instead he adds a new dimension to Big Business’ sound, making for metal-tinged hard rock that’s not only more melodic and accessible, but much more fun. Mind the Drift plays like it was a blast to conceive and record while still sounding heavy. “Found Art” opens assuring longtime fans that the bass is still burly and the drums are still busy while Kasai’s leads lend more to creating something catchy, rather than standing out with guitar hero bravado — especially on the opening of the thunderous “Cats, Mice.” where his fret-board work dances with and against bass lines under lyrics that hilariously muse on the relationships between felines and rodents (replete with howling catcalls on the bridge). In the similarly laughable/rocking “I Got It Online” and the epic “Cold Lunch,” Kasai’s guitars even buffer Warren’s raspy inflections.

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A step in the wrong direction

I find this record disappointing, not so much in idea but in implementation. There's only so far a band can go with just bass and drums, and after two great albums it is a logical step for Big Business to add a full-time guitar player and expand their sound. It would be pointless for BB to make another Here Come the Waterworks, but on Mind the Drift they stray too far and too soon from the elements that make them great, and the results are mixed. On MTD, Big Business have added a heightened focus on the guitar, both in the songwriting and in the mix, and in doing so have neutered their sound. The bass has always been the lynchpin of the BB sound, and on half of these songs it fizzles into the background as the guitar (which is WAY too loud in the mix) takes center stage. This would not be an inherently bad thing, but Toshi does not play anything particularly heavy or engaging. His meow-ing lines on Cats, Mice/I Got it Online/Cold Lunch are particularly distracting and kind of annoying. The songs on MTD are a mixed bag, and I'll likely only listen to half of them going forward. BB further develop their sense of vocal melody and use of electronics and dramatic tension, which come together best on Gold and Final (the best song on the record). These new elements don't work as well on songs like "Cats, Mice", which comes off as silly in all the wrong ways. The Drift is a good song but perhaps ventures a little too close to Melvins worship. "I Got it Online", with its goofy vocals and Primus guitar lines, is a complete throwaway (or maybe I'm just not in on the joke). They close the album with an unfortunate whimper, as the pointless and meandering "Theme from Big Business II" plays out over almost 9 minutes. Experimentation is good, but perhaps BB have taken too big a step too soon. A band like Melvins has evolved over 20 years, and were 4 or 5 albums in before they started really adding new elements and trying new things. Even for them not every experiement worked. Kudos to BB for branching out, but this one is a letdown.

They just get better and better

"Here Comes the Waterworks" really made me stop and listen intently to what this band was doing. I read the lyrics and fell for every move in play. The album blew my head off. Well, "Mind the Drift" is another piece of cosmic wind from Big Business. I was a little worried about the bands addition of a full time guitarist because the bass sound is so oceanic and solid, but I love the new guitarist. His tone and lines remind me of Steve Hackett from early Genesis, there's even some keyboard stuff that reminds of Genesis . I can't stop listening to "Mind the Drift." One thing is for sure, this band might not stick you the first time you hear them, but by the second listen you should be addicted. The vocals sound like a grown man crying to keep every part of his soul inside his heart! The melodies are just beautiful; clearly from a natural talent. This is not a band with good riffs only; this is a band with excellent song construction and conceptual themes to their albums.

see what i'm wearing? kimono dawg

this cd is pretty f*cking dope. i like their previous material a lot more but this cd shows they're not making the same music over and over aaaaand even though they are evolving their sound they're still laying down some bad @ss tracks. so instead of buying that new sh*t green day cd you d*ck breaths, take a chance on this shizz and buy it son!

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A rhythm section that says "Guitarists? We don't need no steenkin' guitarists!," Big Business is a two-piece band that does the sludgy, low-end stoner metal thing as well as any more fully populated act. Big Business formed in Seattle in 2003, comprised of two veterans from the local alternative metal scene: bassist and singer Jared Warren, formerly of Karp, and drummer Coady Willis, formerly of the Murder City Devils. After releasing a self-titled demo in 2004 on their own Wantage USA label, Big...
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