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Friday, July 29

Sabertooth, Portland Mercury and XRAY.FM present

Red Fang

Big Business

Tacos!

6:30 pm doors, 8 pm show

All ages welcome

$26 advance, $30 day of show, $32 advance 21+ balcony, $37 day of show 21+ balcony

Red Fang

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Portland rockers Red Fang have announced their long-awaited North America Summer 2022 tour dates, in support of their acclaimed 2021 full-length Arrows. This latest release was produced by longtime collaborator Chris Funk and has been acclaimed as “a satisfying piece of scuzzed-out riffage” according to Stereogum and “another heaping pile of fuzzy stoner rock from one of the most reliable institutions in their genre” from Revolver.

"I like the idea of the record starting in a way that doesn't make any sense at all for a Red Fang record."

That's vocalist/bassist Aaron Beam talking about "Take It Back," the opening track-or "sintro," part song, part intro-of Red Fang's fifth album, Arrows.

"It reminds me of a time before people listened to music digitally-and they listened to full albums," drummer John Sherman adds. "There were often cool, spooky intros-like fuckin' Dio albums and shit. There are some weird sounds at the beginning to get you in the mood before it blasts off."

And blast off it does. After the woozy opening salvo of "Take It Back," Arrows launches into a super-rock trifecta of what Red Fang does best-from Melvins-esque power dirge "Unreal Estate" into the anthemic title track into up-tempo banger "My Disaster."

Yeah, it's been nearly five years since 2016's Only Ghosts, but your favorite
beer-crushing, zombie-killing, air-guitar-contest-judging metal heroes are back in action, doing what they do best-AND MORE. "This record feels more like Murder The Mountains to me than any record we've done before or since," Beam ventures. "It doesn't sound like that record, but Murder The Mountains was us doing whatever the fuck we wanted, and that's what this is, too."

"We're definitely exploring new territory," says guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles. "And I'm very happy about that. I wouldn't wanna be in this band if we kept doing the same thing over and over again."

Arrows was recorded at Halfling Studios in the band's hometown of Portland, OR, with longtime collaborator Chris Funk, who produced Murder The Mountains and 2013's Whales and Leeches. "Chris is a major influencer as far as the weird ambient stuff in between the songs and the creepy incidental noises within the songs," Giles points out. "I think he definitely creates an added layer of atmosphere that we wouldn't have otherwise."

In an effort to compound said atmosphere, Sherman recorded some of his drum parts at the bottom of a pool. Luckily, it was empty. "It's actually a kick-ass skate pool," the drummer explains. "It was designed by Lance Mountain, if I've got my facts straight. As soon as we decided to record there, I knew I would end up in the pool at some point."

"The pool was a big part of the record," Giles confirms. "The drums sound so huge-it's crazy. But I was terrified of the pool because there was no railing. Every time I walked by, I was afraid

 

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Big Business

Big Business is a band. They play heavy rock. On that, we can all agree. Things get tricky when you try to classify exactly where on the musical spectrum the dynamic duo's racket falls. "I guess psychedelic heavy metal punk rock? I don't know. People always say ‘sludge rock,' which I always found to be lazy and kind of inaccurate," says drummer Coady Willis. "A lot of our songs are fast, and it's not like we're playing a half-assed Black Sabbath riff over and over again. That's been the struggle of the band. We're a band that doesn't really fit into what everyone else is doing."

Willis comes from punk rockers The Murder City Devils. His co-conspirator, bassist/vocalist Jared Warren, spent time in noise rock weirdos Karp. Together, they formed Big Business in 2004. The LA-based outfit's first three albums didn't quite mesh with Hydra Head's post-metal aesthetic, but their idiosyncrasies caught the attention of another iconoclastic outfit: The Melvins. They recorded three albums, an EP, and various songs between 2006 and 2016 with that iconic grunge/doom/experimental act, all while maintaining their own identity as Big Business. Along the way, they picked up guitarists Toshi Kasai and Scott Martin, but on 2016's Command Your Weather, they returned to their core duo format. They remain in that lineup on their sixth full-length, The Beast You Are.

"It's just better. We work faster, and we know what we're both going for. It gives us more room to be weirder in certain aspects and try different things. It makes sense because that's how we established ourselves in the beginning and how we learned to write songs together, it was just the two of us. Coming back to that lineup felt natural," continues Willis. The two performed everything on the album, which was recorded between the early November and early December of 2018 at El Studio in San Francisco by Phil Becker (Pins of Light, Terry Gross). Willis, Warren, and Becker handled the mixing, with Carl Saff lending his mastering expertise to the final product. Once more, Warren has hacked up some construction paper for one of his unique cover art pieces.

With a new, dynamic demoing process leading to the creation of the most songs they've ever written for an album, The Beast You Are delivers 13 doses of uncategorizably heavy rock music. From the ominous death march of "The Moor You Know" to the soaring "Let Them Grind" to the delicate, ethereal "Under Everest," Big Business continues to defy listener's expectations. No matter the context of their music, however, one thing remains true: they are definitely still a band.