Big Business, the power duo of Jared Warren and Coady Willis, have released a multi-camera concert film dubbed “Live at The Crocodile: 2.19.05” (stream/download: vimeo.com/ondemand/bigbusiness).
The footage, which was recorded and directed by Whitey McConnaughy, well known to music fans for his comical and clever videos (Red Fang, The Menzingers, OFF!), features Big Business a month after the release of their debut album, Head For The Shallow. The Stranger said of the pair’s performance that night: “they had the room vibrating” and the Seattle Weekly dubbed the band a “ferocious twosome” following the no holds barred outing.
“I believe at the time of the show Head For The Shallow had just been released and we had probably done a couple of west coast tours and maybe one US tour at that point,” explains Willis. “I remember being very excited for this show as we were just beginning to roll with a new record. We were also opening for Mudhoney, who were teenage heroes of mine so it felt like victory all around. It was an exciting time for us because it felt like the band was finally becoming its own thing apart from our previous groups, and we had a record that we were really excited about. I hadn’t seen any of this footage until Whitey started sending me cuts, so it really was a blast from the past! I don’t think there’s a ton of footage from our early days so this might be the definitive documentation of that period of Big Biz. Glad we didn’t blow it (that night)!”
The pair’s most recent album, The Beast You Are, arrived in the Spring of 2019. Revolver called the 13-song album a “slab of sludgy, gnarly, punky, riffy heavy rawk.” Treble said the pair “are simply better at hard rock than most other bands playing,” and Consequence of Sound said the album features “thick, veiny bass riffs with Warren’s mighty bellow underscored by Willis’ full throttle assault.”
Big Business’ full catalog is available via their Bandcamp page: BigBigBusiness.bandcamp.com.