Big John Bates: Noirchestra

Big John Bates: Noirchestra describes a dynamic tapestry with rustic style and post-rock’n’roll indie power.

by Finding Charlotte Photography

Wearing rustic influences on their sleeves the Noirchestra drags ethereal violins over asphalt guitars on the new Big John Bates album Skinners Cage. They have begged, borrowed and stolen moments in recording studios to capture their evolving vision of Americana Noir. A sound born of the dead things Brandy Bones collected from her gothic Montana roots & rusty riffs Big John Bates uncovered in some dark garage in the Ottawa Valley is now powered by Ty-Ty‘s percussive soundscapes and adorned with RequiEmily’s post-punk violins.

Big John Bates Tour Dates for the Skinners Cage LP
(more in the pipeline)

04.05.2019 CAN-Vancouver, The Railway
24.05.2019 GER-Hamburg, Hafenklang
25.05.2019 GER-Bremen, Lila Eule
28.05.2019 GER-Köln, Museum
29.05.2019 GER-Mannheim, 7er
31.05.2019 NL-Utrecht, dB’s
01.06.2019 GER-Siegen, VEB
05.06.2019 GER-Dresden, Groove Station
06.06.2019 GER-Halle, Objekt 5
07.06.2019 GER-Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei
08.06.2019 CH-Basel, Humbug Club
09.06.2019 GER-Donaueschingen, Kulturbahnhof
13.06.2019 A-Steyr, Roeda
15.06.2019 A-Innsbruck, pmk
19.06.2019 GER-Fürth, Kopf & Kragen
20-06-2019 GER-Berlin, Wild at Heart
21.06.2019 GER-Wilhelmshaven, Kling Klang
22.06.2019 GER-Lübeck, Treibsand

Already known for their dramatic performances across Europe, North America and Japan, Big John Bates has conceived and committed to ten songs etching them forever into heavy, marbled vinyl. Skinners Cage is a record with drums borrowed from the legendary German band Trio and sung live in a vintage Vancouver yacht. It’s inspired by tantalizing lies and wrapped in Felix Fung’s textured mixes, falling and rising like an epic tide.

by Black Opal Photography

“A blend of Jack White blues, Calliope-style strings, thumping drums and banshee wails”
– Americana UK

by RD Cane

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Since their post-western single “Amerkin” featured on soundtracks the group has released one 12″ EP, two 7″ singles and two CD/LP’s . They have brought their sound to festivals as varied as Shambhala (EDM), Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Halifax Pop Explosion and many others. Since then Bates has toured and performed with notables such as Murder by Death Legendary Shack Shakers, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and the Real Mackenzies.

“Headless Fowl is extremely cool” – Jello Biafra