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Big Business is back and melting faces with “Blacker Holes”

(Photo: Sera McGovern)
(Photo: Sera McGovern)

Big Business has been kicking ass since the moment it first debuted back in 2003. During that time, the two-piece hardcore metal assault team of Jared Warren and Coady Willis has had a singular mission: To absolutely rock the ever-living hell out of anyone lucky enough to stumble across the band. It’s a mission it’s succeeded in, and despite some experiments in lineup and sound over the years, the fifth studio album from the group, Command Your Weather, looks to go back to the basics. “Blacker Holes,” an A.V. Club exclusive premiere, sounds both like an evolution in the group’s sound and a classic Big Business track of old at the same time. The beginning veers almost into Peter Gabriel territory before slamming into a full-on sonic assault, with guttural Robert Plant-like howls echoing over the top. It fucking rocks, is the general bullet point here.


Command Your Weather comes out July 8 as a co-release between Joyful Noise Recordings and Gold Metal Records, but you can pre-order the album here. Big Business is hitting the road in support of its latest eardrum shredder, too, and dates are listed below. You’d be wise not to miss out.

Big Business Summer 2016 Tour

June 18—Yucca Man Shakedown—Joshua Tree, CA

June 20—Backstage Bar & Billiards—Las Vegas, NV

June 21—Urban Lounge—Salt Lake City, UT

June 22—Neurolux—Boise, ID

June 24—The Shakedown—Bellingham, WA

June 25—B-side Tavern—Portland, OR

June 26—The Crocodile—Seattle, WA

June 2—Pub Station—Billings, MT

June 30—The Aquarium—Fargo, ND

July 1—The Triple Rock (D4th of July weekend)—Minneapolis, MN

July 2—Beat Kitchen—Chicago, IL

July 3—The Loving Touch—Ferndale, MI

July 4—Velvet Underground—Toronto, ON

July 5—The Bug Jar—Rochester, NY

July 6—St. Vitus—Brooklyn, NY

July 7—Mercury Lounge—New York, NY

July 8—Underground Arts—Philadelphia, PA

July 9—Grog Shop—Cleveland, OH

July 10—Club Cafe—Pittsburgh, PA

July 12—The Basement East—Nashville, TN

July 13—Aisle 5—Atlanta, GA

July 14—Saturn—Birmingham, AL

July 15—High Dive—Gainesville, FL

July 16—Sidebar Theater—Tallahassee, FL

July 17—Gasa Gasa—New Orleans, LA

July 19—Paper Tiger—San Antonio, TX

July 20—Barracuda—Austin, TX

July 21—Gas Monkey—Dallas, TX

July 23—Lowbrow Palace—El Paso, TX

July 24—The Rebel Lounge—Phoenix, AZ

July 25—Casbah—San Diego, CA

July 28—Velvet Jones—Santa Barbara, CA

July 29—Bootleg Theater (Bar Stage)—Los Angeles, CA

July 30—Bottom Of The Hill—San Francisco, CA