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Big Business (8/10)
Start 21:00 – End 21:40
Big Business is an American band formed in Seattle in 2003, that started as a duo with bassist / singer Jared Warren, and drummer Coady Willis, to add then only in 2010 Scott Martin as guitarist. Big Business released its latest album “Battlefields Forever” in 2013 on Gold Metal Records and its history is currently very tight bounded to the band Melvins because Warren and Willis have played with them as rhythmic session and both are now the official bassist and drummer for this tour of Melvins. As duo Jared and Coady came on stage to open the show and it couldn’t be better choice to start warming the venue. With the Berghain’s upper floor already well packed, the duo delighted the audience with its sludgy, low-end Stoner Metal, a sound characterized by a bombastic and frantic low-end attack. Sometimes it was hard to believe that the wall of sound was created by just two people on stage: Big Business were simply able to do what others band need at least four or five musicians on stage. A great band that we look forward to appreciate soon in Berlin with a headliner tour.

Melvins (9/10)
Start 22:00 – End 23:20
In occasion of Melvins European tour, the Berlin show couldn’t miss on the list and like two years ago at Festsaal Kreuzberg (R.I.P. we miss you) for the double 30th anniversary show, the result was again a show that went sold-out months before the date. Formed in 1983, Melvins indeed is still able to be attractive for old and new generations, considered by everybody as a piece of the music history. Strongly influenced by Black Flag’s mix of Metal and Punk, Melvins created a music based on slow tempo and sludgy sounds that was able to give birth to different music genres like Grunge, Stoner and Sludge Metal. In this tour King Buzzo and Dale Crover are accompanied by Jared Warren and Coady Willis of Big Business: all four together have already released different albums like the package album “The Bulls & The Bees” with “Electroretard”. Melvins released about one year ago “Hold It In” with Surfers’ JD Pinkus and Paul Leary, and probably we’ll hear some news soon from the prolific American band. News that couldn’t make us happier because Melvins confirmed again an excellent form on stage and that the King’s crown still stays on the heads of these artistically immortal guys, that with their idiosyncratic approach, bizarre sense of humour and experimentation, made a revolution in the Rock/Punk scene. The set was an intense experience, enhanced by appropriate light effects on the background, where King Buzzo was as always the eye-catching with his dress and now characteristic hairs. Jared on bass took even more scene presence than the past, singing in some songs, climbing on the loudspeakers and coming off the stage to play among the fans of the first lines. The double drums of Dale and Coady seemed to have taken a main role on the show: it was amazing to listen how both drums were well integrated in the performance, alternating moment when they played unison to others where the drums seemed to “speak” together, creating in the end a very impressive sound. With an interesting setlist, Melvins proposed its slow, oppressively heavy sludgy sound that still in 2015 it´s simply ageless. With Melvins it´s always the same story: if they are going to play in your town, just hurry up and save your ticket for the show. No regrets – it´s guaranteed!

Venue: Berghain
Price: 27,50€ at Koka36
Setlist: Melvins

Berlin, 24.09.2015

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