From the Bestiary to the Leathering Room

by Big John Bates: Noirchestra

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Big John Bates is initiating you into their Northern 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 barren mixing of David Carswell (Teagan+Sara, New Pornographers). Songwriting and vocals from the souls of 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 with both JT Massacre and Brother Kris on drums.

Aside from the drums recorded at the House of Blackclaw with Chris Ray all tracks for “Bestiary” were recorded onboard the Caleiuche in Vancouver. The boat’s aged teak and hardwood floors were symbiotic with the wooden instruments - as Big John put it "chase it with a dirty shot of whiskey and let us grab your fancy."

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released May 1, 2015

Big John Bates - guitar, vocals, dobro
Brandy Bones - vocals upright, cello, bass, violin thumb piano
JT Brander - percussion
Brother Kris - percussion
Leanne Chapman - cello
Greg Gravy - mandolin

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Big John Bates: Noirchestra Vancouver, British Columbia

A chamber-punk soundtrack of tough, smoky rock with an edge sharp enough to draw blood. The dark twang of guitarist Big John Bates and bowed bass of Brandy Bones with drummer Ty-Ty the Saviour and psyche violinist RequiEmily. They craft haunting tales that span northern-gothic Americana to a mutant hybrid of postpunk and Weimar Republic cabaret. ... more

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