Posts Tagged ‘melvins’
Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Unless you’re a devotee of the Seattle heavy rock/light metal trio Big Business, you’ve probably never heard of Gold Metal Records, the label behind the release of their excellent fourth album Battlefields Forever. The record, after all, is GM003, or the imprint’s third title. It follows only two short Big Business releases, 2011’s four-song Quadruple Single and a subsequent seven-inch single.
But last October, with a mock press release signed by Gold Metal “corporate controller” Richard Smutley and a staged press conference submitted to YouTube, Big Business revealed that they’d issue Battlefields Forever on Halloween on their own Gold Metal Records in a variety of formats—that is, by themselves, without the support of a third or even second party. They’d stream and sell it through their website.
Both announcements were as funny as intended, with jokes about Mötley Crüe drumming and the ghost of “Jeff Goldbloom.” Behind the jocularity, though, there was a fundamental bummer: If Big Business didn’t want to go hunting labels or, in industry parlance, “shopping themselves around,” they would have to release Battlefields Forever themselves.
Their label for their entire career, Hydra Head, announced its closure almost exactly a year earlier, citing both an “imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities” and an asymptotic slide of music sales as primary factors. Suddenly, the force that had done the heavy lifting behind Big Business’s promotion—the mailings and the CD-R’s, the one-sheets and the stuffed envelopes—had fallen, with the responsibility now landed at the feet of the band.
In retrospect, that has not gone well. A quick Google search confirms that drummer Coady Willis, bassist Jared Warren, and new guitarist Scott Martin’s are better at making records than marketing them. Though Battlefields Forever was released nearly four months ago, All Music has yet to list it, much less rate it. Spin has never mentioned it.
The album made nearly no year-end lists, despite being out since Halloween. And after the annual flip of the calendar, Pitchfork is finally reviewing it. For a platform that seems to hold almost everything, the internet has nearly made Battlefields Forever seem like a phantom, a rumor that Big Business is still busy.
That disappearance is especially unfortunate considering that Battlefields Forever is as likable and unpredictable as anything they’ve ever done. Willis and Warren have never zigged and zagged stylistically like the Melvins, the other duo they’ve augmented off and on for the last six years, but there’s a patient and patent idiosyncrasy to their sound. No matter how familiar their oversized riffs or refrains first seem, they twist and turn in unexpected ways.
Tags: Album of the day, Battlefields Forever, Big Business, Coady Willis, Gold Metal Records, grayson currin, Jared Warren, melvins, pitchfork
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Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: We go waaaaaay back, me and these here good ol’ Melvins boys, but not half as far back as the lineup on Tres Cabrones does: all the way back to 1983, in fact, with a lineup that is “as close we’re willing to get […]
Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013
We handpicked some our favorite audio streams from the previous Roadburn Festivals. Listen to the audio streams for Wovenhand (2011), Comus (2010), Earthless (2008), Cult of Luna (2008), Current 93 (2008), Acid King (2007), The Melvins / Big Business (2007), Bohren und der club of Gore (2007), Chelsea Wolfe (2012) and […]
Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Ask several discerning Melvins fans which of the group’s two dozen (well, something like that, I’ve lost count!) albums they consider the best, you’ll most likely get several wildly different answers. But then this isn’t any “normal” rock group; this is the Melvins, credited with […]
Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012
Lovingly pinched from the Obelisk: The thing about the Melvins — nearly 30 years into their career and too many releases to count when you factor in live records, compilations, splits, tour-only specials, elaborately-presented box sets, etc. – is that you can really only compare them to themselves. And even […]
Posted on Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Our friends over at Kerrang! have done an actually rather splendid feature on the 50 heaviest records of all time. We put our heads together do our own top 20, and highlight a few they might have missed. 20. Acid Bath – When The Kite String Pops With the cover […]
Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011
Hellfest have announced that they will be streaming a series of performances from this year’s Terrorizer tent! Starting today, pro-shot footage of Melvins June 17, 2011 concert at Hellfest can be viewed below. Every Friday you can check back to see performances from across the weekend. Continue reading: HELLFEST TO […]
Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
The votes are in, the points have been awarded and the math has been done. More than 150 of you have taken the time to forward your Top 10 list for the Roadburn Album of the Decade. Here then is your list (and a stunning list it is). It seems […]