Mind the Drift
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Producer Phil Ek (insert famous bands like The Shins here) has again evolved the band's grandiose sound and taken the Biz into new sonic territories!
Guitarist and newest band member Toshi Kasai adds new voice and dimension, and looks good doing it. You can actually hear the handsome.
Most of the instrumental tracks were recorded at AVAST! 2 studios in Seattle, WA in June and July of 2008.
Due to the busy touring schedule of Big Biz and the Melvins, most of the vocals, as well as some overdubs and mixing, had to be postponed until late November of 2008. The album was completed in Los Angeles (well, ctually, Burbank to be precise). (That's a two-fer.)
While recording Jared's vocals, Phil Ek kept a loaded sawed-off shotgun in the
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An interesting side note is that the band recorded a full length commentary track that is freaking hilarious and is freely available for download via their website at the time of this review. Definitely pick that up if you can. The guys have a great sense of humor. I was rolling on the floor at the part where one of the band members is attempting to use a text-to-speech program to overcome "technical difficulties".
Those expecting Melvins or Sabbath worship will be dissapointed by this one. This time BB are mining territory previously claimed by Queens of the Stone Age and Torche - the land where thunderous riffing and sugar sweet melodies are equal partners. The most apt (if bizarre) description I can write for this record is that it sounds like heavy metal showtunes. There is no one out there writing this kind of music, and that's worth applauding all on its own. "The Ayes Have It" is a soaring doomy waltz that would seem perfect for musical theatre. "Theme From Big Business II" (their best song to date) is equal parts Queen, Kyuss, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Grandiose, weird heavy music without a hint of cheesiness - "Mind the Drift" is not a rock opera, but it is most certainly operatic rock of the highest caliber. Jared Warren has matured into an amazing vocalist.
There are a few drawbacks to this record, hence the 4/5 stars (but that's to be expected for an artist trying something so new and interesting, it would be strange if it were perfect). First, the mix is strange, bordering on distracting in some instances.Read more ›
This album isn't as immediately satisfying and as in your face as the others but with time you'll really like it. It's a new direction for a great band and great bands have to shake it up form time to time to keep things interesting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big Business make up half of the Melvins. They are an amazing two piece band that are super heavy. 1#Published on March 29, 2013 by Jay
Amazing album! Production is great! The musicianship is phenomenal! This is my 3rd Big Business album purchase and it's my favorite. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Baby_Duke
This record will rock your balls off, the sound is so fat and huge you'll have to listen to it with a life vest on. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by HungBunny
Disappointing, to say the least. After having listened to their previous albums -- most notably the focused, epic output that was "Here Comes the Waterworks" -- this seems too... Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Aaron A. Rose
This band needed a guitar player more than I thought, because although their previous albums were awesome, this one is downright EPIC! I've worn it out and need a new copy.Published on October 12, 2009 by Marta Mac
if you like their previous stuff then you are really in for BIG treat. they couldn't have found a better sound on lead guitar to tie the efforts together. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by la-melan
Well, at first this album was a huge let-down. But after repeated listens it has grown on me. I think the songwriting is ten times better on this album, and it definately is a plus... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Kevin R. Mcwilliams