Big Business / Party Time / Moggs at the Li Po Lounge - 4/11/2004

Big Business
with Party Time and Moggs
Li Po Lounge

Moggs are playing!  Oh, how I was excited… since they only play about once every 100 years, and they’ve been working on their album for at least 1000 years, anytime you get a chance to partake of their music you have to jump at the chance.  Not only was it a great outing by them, but probably the longest set I’ve ever seen them play – upwards of 25 minutes long!  They continue down the path of their mostly instrumental, skewed version of Unwound, and I’d just like to let it be known that not enough bands sound like Unwound for my tastes.  Word on the street is Moggs have finished recording their album and just need to master it at this point… write your congressman now and tell him to put the pressure on this amazing duo to finally finish this thing up!  I want to be able to hear them more than once a year, dammit!

To be honest, if anything good came after the Moggs it would just be gravy on an already great show.  Luckily, two more good things came up...the first being Party Time.  From somewhere “up there”, a.k.a. the Pacific Northwest, they brought the heavy, the mathy, and the metal with full force.  Imagine if you will, someone putting AC/DC, The Fucking Champs, and Dare Diablo in a blender… mmm, that’s a tasty shake, and thick too.  I wasn’t familiar with them at all going in, but I picked up the CDr they had for sale at the show and it’s a damn fine listen.

The final act of the night was Big Business.  This is the new drums-and-bass duo fronted by Jarred Warren (known for working with Karp, Tight Bros, The Whip, and a million other things).  If you’ve heard Karp or The Whip, then you generally know what Big Business sounds like, since Jarred’s vocals are so distinctive.  The big thing that sets this group apart, obviously, is the lack of guitar, resulting in a very deep and rumbling sound…you know, like an earthquake.  This is compounded by the drummer playing one of those enormous drum kits where the snare drum is the size of some floor toms.  The result?  Put simply, it fucking kicks ass.  I really don’t know what else to say about it…I’ll be surprised if this isn’t one of my favorite shows of the year when it’s all said and done.  They have an EP out on Wantage USA, 4 songs of pure sonic onslaught that nearly brings me to my knees every time I hear it.  You like rock music?  Well, meet Big Business; they make everything else seem like easy listening.