• Sylvie Marie

Bizness Suit - KING


Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, the rock band Bizness Suit boasts a 4 member lineup: Sean Barry, rhythm guitar and vocals; Hunter Moss, lead guitar; Drew Tapp, bass and Jeremy Hunton, drums. Initially formed in 2014 with by Sean and Drew, the two released a self-titled debut EP with Jeremy on the last few songs. The trio then hooked up with producer Martin Guigui in LA for their full-length album, ’Grey Sky Blues’. Guigui introduced the band to legendary guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top who recorded a lead for the band's single "Rock N' Rolla”. Following the release of ‘Grey Sky Blues’, the band recruited final member Hunter on lead guitar. Currently Bizness Suit is in the midst of touring and promoting their latest album ‘King’ throughout the South East.

The album ‘King” boast 13 rock songs that remind you of what rock once was, what it’s all about and what it could be again. A few songs that caught my attention were “Gravedigger’s Hand”, “God Don’t Even Know”, “Old Road” and Peaches n’ Cream”.

“Gravediggers Hands” is a high-energy song that showcases the bands ability to develop their material into engaging arrangements. Throughout, there is a remarkable weaving of motifs on the lead guitar and bass. The song sounds a warning about a guy who “knows how to hurt.” The band shines in their ability to cut lose and solo then come together tightly as one for a performance that feels live yet is thoughtfully developed.

“God Don’t Even Know” is opens with Sean belting out “So Just Forget it.” His dynamic vocals have a nice punch. Later in the song when he sings the line “Hot-diggity-dam”, and throughout the song, he seals the deal on his lead singer acumen and appeal with a highly convincing performance that hits all the right notes and emotions with a slightly blues edge that has attitude to spare. The chorus to “God Don’t Even Know” is very memorable. This song is about highs and lows, being out of sort and the idea that sometimes God doesn’t even know what you’ve been through. Highlights include crisp lead guitar and a tight rhythm section, bass and drums that establish a great rock groove.

“Old Road” is a killer rock song. It opens with lead singer Sean Barry singing over pure power-chords. “If God willing and the creek don't rise, it'll all blow over, it'll be all right.” Sean Barry’s voice was made for rock-n-roll as it resonates with just the right amount of soul and edginess. After Sean finishes singing the first line, the song blows wide open as the band joins in. The overall format to “Old Road” is alternative with plenty of development, tight rhythmic work and nice guitar solos to keep it highly engaging throughout.

"Peaches n' Cream" is one of the final and best songs on the CD. It drives along with a thick, mid-tempo bluesy swampy rock vibe that you can lose yourself in then it picks up the tempo with frenetic energy driving you all the way home to the end. “Life ain’t just peaches n’ cream.”

The album ‘King” boast 13 rock songs that unapologetically rock. If you are a fan of rock, the kind that doesn’t call itself rock then tries to shove pop or folk down your throat like you won’t notice, then you are in for a real treat with Bizness Suit. This band is bringing rock back and they are bringing it strong.

For more information on Bizness Suit please visit their website.

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