The Murder City Devils
Unlike most punk acts of the '90s who travel along punk/pop and alternative ways of the rock genre, the Murder City Devils choose to stay in control of their riffs. Keeping a strong presence of simple features of pure rock & roll, the Devils finish up showing clean yet raw compositions, supposedly connecting them to the punk style. It was in Seattle (WA) in 1996 that vocalist Spencer Moody, guitarist Dann Gallucci, bassist Derek Fudesco, drummer Coady Willis, and Nate Manny (guitar, bass) ended up forming the Murder City Devils. Later, keyboardist Leslie Hardy joined. The Devils broke up in 2001 with an incendiary farewell to their hometown crowd on Halloween night. They have since performed 4 reunion shows; two in Seattle in 2006 and two in Austin in 2007. In late 2009 the entire original lineup reformed for a series of West Coast shows which carried into a series of East Coast shows in 2010.
Big Business started 2004 as a two piece band composed of Jared Warren of Karp and The Tight Bros From Way Back When, and Coady Willis of Murder City Devils. Their sound has been characterized as a bombastic and frantic low end attack, marked by Warren's signature vocal delivery. The band released its first album, "Head for the Shallow", on January 25, 2005.
Originally from the Seattle area.
In 2006, Jared and Coady were asked to join the Melvins who were once again without a bass player after Kevin Rutmanis had been added to the bassist morgue. They recorded A Senile Animal in July 2006, and started a U.S. tour in September with Big Business, among others, opening up. During these shows they were sometimes joined by Melvins drummer Dale Crover on guitar.