From the Bestiary to the Leathering Room

col. LP/ Digipak CD
Big John Bates is initiating you into their Southern Gothic Death Cult; a band with an orchestral edge of ”heavy-hearted cello, weeping upright and come-hither guitars”. Every piece was painstakingly brought together from the album art created by Santiago Caruso (Pan’s Labyrinth) to the mixing David Carswell (Teagan & Sara, New Pornographers). Songwriting, vocals and the heavy lifting is all from Brandy Bones & Big John Bates. Along with upright bass Brandy contributed violin, cello and thumb piano while John broke into his collection of guitars, dobros and percussion. The recordings feature Leanne Laboucher on cello and Greg Gravy on mandolin while both JT Massacre and Brother Kris drummed for their lives! Most tracks for “Bestiary” were recorded on the Caleiuche at dock in Vancouver. The boat’s aged teak and hardwood floors were symbiotic with the wooden instruments – we advise you chase it with a dirty shot of whiskey … let it grab your fancy! 10 songs, incl. two great cover versions of 16 Horsepower und Iggy Pop.

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Black Timber Bitter Root

Coloured 7″ single
New 2-track single for the upcoming European tour in April/May. Title track plus “Bitter Root” on the flip. Limited press run of 200 copies only, coloured vinyl, stamped and hand numbered cover! Black Timber says many people will to run your life for you but you have to wake up and take charge of your life before you run out of time. Bitterroot is about living in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and not fitting in while everyone else accepts staying there and being numb. Engineered by Christopher Ray (Winter 2013/2014). Recorded at Deep Cove Studios and the Hora Morior Compoun. Mixed by David Carswell at JCDC Studios, mastered by Justin Carl Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering.

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“Black Timber” Tour 2014
11.04.14 Hannover, Cafe Glocksee
12.04.14 Berlin, Wild at Heart
14.04.14 A-Wien, B72
16.04.14 A-Linz, Stadtwerkstatt
17.04.14 Stuttgart, Goldmarks
19.04.14 I- Montecchio Maggiore (Vicence) – e20 Underground
20.04.14 I-Vicense, tbc
21.04.14 I-Turin, BlahBlah
23.04.14 CH-Baden, Royal
24.04.14 Köln, Sonic Ballroom
25.04.14 Frankfurt, 11er
26.04.14 A-Innsbruck, PMK
30.04.14 Trier, ExHaus
02.05.14 NL-Utrecht, DB’s
07.05.14 Osnabrück, Kleine Freiheit
08.05.14 Karlsruhe, Alte Hackerei
09.05.14 Wilhelmshaven, Kling Klang
10.05.14 Braunschweig, tbc

Big John Bates

Nothing stirs up a town like a gunfight at high noon. But we’re in a gambling frame of mind so how ‘bout we raise you a new band, album and a 2012 world tour. Fuelled by fire and by keeping whiskey within close reach, Bates and Bones have cooked up a heady new brew, intoxicating enough to draw JT Massacre back to the throne. New album “Battered Bones” came out of the aptly named Absinthe Studios at the hands of Denver producer Robert Ferbrache (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand, Slim Cessna): smoothing Bates’ raw appeal into and Brandy’s Big Sky horizons into a gothic western. The rustic punk style on Battered Bones brings to mind a hard drive over dirt roads in a flat black ’69 Charger. In other words western style and raw power that shakes the roots out of the woodwork.
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Battered Bones

LP/Digipak CD
Battered Bones came out of the aptly named Absinthe Studios at the hands of Denver producer Robert Ferbrache (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand, Slim Cessna): smoothing Bates’ raw appeal into and Brandy’s Big Sky horizons into a gothic western. The rustic punk style on Battered Bones brings to mind a hard drive over dirt roads in a flat black ’69 Charger. In other words western style and raw power that shakes the roots out of the woodwork.
Starting as Annihilator’s singer Bates & his razor-sharp Gretsch have chiseled out a career with a caravan of misfits, playing hundreds of shows every year across North America & Europe. He’s been featured on Battlestar Galactica, on A&E Discovery, played for thousands at European festivals, had songs in countless movies and TV shows. After a quick 7” release Bates spent the past two years holed up and writing with Höfner Strings’ Brandy Bones before they hit the road in 2012 with Indiana friends Murder by Death. Brandy’s love for old-school country infects her voice inside her often bleak lyrics while the band harnesses a wall of sound in a style she has christened “Rustic Punk”. Perfect for a band whose show is a spellbinding hour or sound wrapped in physical showmanship & slashed to ribbons. Don’t expect them to stay on the stage – they like to get up close & personal – not just playing from the heart but tearing it out by the roots.

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Bangtown

Digipak CD (LP on Stag-O-Lee Records)
Big John Bates & The Voodoo Dollz from Vancouver present their fourth album “Bangtown”. Don’t be fooled by sCare-oline’s upright bass or Big John’s Gretsch guitar, this ain’t no mere rockabilly band. Rock’n'Roll, Blues and Punk combine into a unique mix transforming into a modern version of “Rock’n'Roll Exotica”. Influences from bands like The Cramps, Reverend Horton Heat, Social Distortion, Stray Cats, Tom Waits or 16 Horsepower fuel stories about “Whiskey Goblins”, “Murdercycles” or “Skin & Guts”. On stage “The Voodoo Dollz”, Canada’s number one burlesque group are a main part of BJB’s amazing live shows.

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