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Mind the Drift

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Editorial Reviews

Quite a few of those millennial types on the internet have been asking the band things like: ''What's up with the new album? Why's it taking so long? How come you guys don't play that one song anymore or have merchandise at your shows?''

While Big Business don't have time to answer all of those types of questions
directly, we at Hydra Head would like to take this opportunity to present you with some True Facts about Mind The Drift.


FACT #1:
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!


FACT #2:
Guitarist and newest band member Toshi Kasai adds new voice and dimension, and looks good doing it. You can actually hear the handsome.


FACT #3:
Most of the instrumental tracks were recorded at AVAST! 2 studios in Seattle, WA in June and July of 2008.


FACT #4:
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.)


FACT #5:
While recording Jared's vocals, Phil Ek kept a loaded sawed-off shotgun in the
control room.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Found Art
  2. Gold and Final
  3. Cats, Mice
  4. I Got It Online
  5. The Drift
  6. Ayes Have It
  7. Cold Lunch
  8. Theme from Big Business II


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redeye Label
  • ASIN: B001URRIKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Chad Baker on August 28, 2009
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This is a great album, and a good listen. Here comes the but...it's just not as rippingly heavy as their previous works, and for me that makes it somewhat less compelling. I tend to prefer heavier music, so I find myself reaching for Here Come the Waterworks more often than this one. The guitar work is interesting, if a little noodly and meandering. Jared's vocals are definitely the centerpiece of the album, in both the composition and the production. They're much further forward in the mix than they've been before and are the loudest element on the record. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's sort of a pop music production aesthetic that doesn't necessarily play well with fans of this genre. Anyway, I'm over analyzing this thing. It's a decent record and the songs are well written. But if you only stole enough money out of your mom's wallet to get one Big Business record, I'd recommend Waterworks.
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".
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Growth is the name of the game for Big Business on this record. First, they've grown, as so many two pieces refuse to do, by recognizing the limitations of their set up and adding a valuable third member. Secondly, they've grown as songwriters, and are all about experimentation on this release. Finally, this album is itself a "grower" - nowhere nearly as immediately accessible to metalheads as their last record "Here Come the Waterworks." This is interesting because this is most definitely Big Business' most "pop" record to date. This time, it's the songs that are the focus, not the riffs, whether sludgy or speedy.

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.
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This is an album I really wasn't expecting from these guys. It took me a few listens to finally dig it, but I'm really enjoying it. If you're familiar with their previous efforts, you'd know that they've always been heavy and in your face. This one is more nuanced and as previously said the guitar from Toshi has as much a part as the bass from Jared or the drums from Coady. On previous efforts Jared's singing was loud throughout and on this one he's toned that down and on a couple tracks he's singing in a tone I hadn't yet heard.

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.
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I love this album. The songs have that heavy bass guitar, along with stellar drumming and guitar. plus there's a lot of power behind the vocals. You should treat yourself to some great music here with this release. It has a sound that is many-layered, you can go back and listen to it again, you shouldn't be disappointed, I wasn't
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Didn't even know this came out until a month after is was released. It's funny because I have been eager for a new album. "Here come the waterworks" just left me wanting more. Now I have it, and I couldn't be more satisifed. They seemed to have built on thier sound a bit. So, it feels like Big Business, but it has a little different vibe to it. There is still the sludgy bass, and impressive drum work present. The record seems to explore a more progressive direction, and almost feel more mellow. The vocals seem a bit more clean than some of the higher raspy screams of the previous album. It took a few listens for me to really absorb everything, but I am very fond of it now. There are without a doubt a couple wierd moments. One song in particular doesn't do it for me. The fourth track "I got it online", and I think the lyrics/vocals turn me off more than anything. The last track "Theme for Big Business" is also lacking. Another complaint is that it's just a really short album. Just like the previous one. Doesn't take too much time to get through. Besides that this is a pretty solid release. The very first track is easily the best. These guys seem to just have such a classic metal/rock vibe to them. I am impressed with how busy they seem with the melvins, that they can still put out such quality. Good for them. If you enjoyed the first record, I recommend you pick this up.
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