Back when Rudy Gerdeman was co-hosting CD101's Independent Playground, he called Big Business the best two-man band in the world. They might also lay claim to the title of heaviest two-man band, though reports suggest Michigan's Beast in the Field gave them a run for their money last month at Carabar. (Six Marshall stacks?!)

Back when Rudy Gerdeman was co-hosting CD101's Independent Playground, he called Big Business the best two-man band in the world. They might also lay claim to the title of heaviest two-man band, though reports suggest Michigan's Beast in the Field gave them a run for their money last month at Carabar. (Six Marshall stacks?!)

You have to be good - and Lord knows you have to be heavy - to earn membership in the Melvins, a feat Jared Warren and Coady Willis accomplished in 2006. But when they're not collaborating with the sludge-metal masters, they focus on their primary project, a behemoth-like unit that makes the most of four arms and four legs.

2007's Here Come the Waterworks is a convicting lesson in more-with-less musical economy. The legions of sprawling lineups out there ought to take heed of the way Big Business captures all the throat-searing anger of Warren's former group, Karp, with a fraction of the resources. The monophonic bass riffage will destroy any Polyphonic Spree in its path.

Big Business will arrive at The Basement with a new album in tow. Mind the Drift, out next week on Hydra Head Records, finds them scaling back their assault at times, the sonic contrast adding extra weight to each heavy blow.