When: Wed., March 5, 8 p.m. 2014
Big Business formed in 2004 as the muscular sludge duo of former Karp bassist Jared Warren and former Murder City Devils drummer Coady Willis, and on their 2005 debut, Head for the Shallow, they created a lean and pummeling heavy-metal racket. Atmospheric guitars started cropping up on the band’s second LP, 2007’s Here Come the Waterworks, but their approach was still rooted in Warren’s rumbling bass and Willis’s four-armed drumming. The band has had a third member for a couple albums now, and their latest, last fall’s Battlefields Forever, is the first to feature 400 Blows guitarist Scott Martin in that spot. For the first time, they sound like a massive, full-on metal monster. Maybe it’s the influence of Warren and Willis’s other gig (since 2006 they’ve been the rhythm section of the double-drummer version of the Melvins), or maybe it’s Martin’s enthusiasm for insane, shredding metal riffs—but either way, the music Big Business is cranking out these days is massive, epic, and fully realized, whether trudging behind the beat or galloping forward triumphantly. —Luca Cimarusti The Sword headlines; Big Business and O’Brother open.