Headless Fowl 12" EP

by Big John Bates: Noirchestra

  • Limited Edition Swamp-Green 12" Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Heralding the return of Big John Bates is Headless Fowl, the darkest music Bates has put out since Bates Motel ... or Annihilator. They call it Americana Noir.

    Breeding dark cabaret with the roots music Bates is famous they add to the impact with rustic, soulful vocals and lyrics. Sung both by Bates & upright bassist Brandy Bones the EP was produced by Robert Ferbrache (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand, Slim Cessna). It has the sweeping intensity and dark feel that comes from the depths of Denver's Absinthe Studios.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Headless Fowl 12" EP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Americana-UK Review: Vancouver-based Big John Bates’ seems to have more in common with a slasher movie than with the Old Weird Southern Gothic we know and love – these aren’t ghosts and vampires plodding around the swamps, but something pretty gruesome. Probably with a machete. A big machete. Setting the tone is the instrumental opener “Amerkin” … it moves from mournful bass with subdued drums and spectral guitar to a powerhouse of railroad drumming and blood curdling yells. Musically it’s a blend of Jack White style blues, Calliope organ, thumping drums and banshee wails. It’s hypnotic and intriguing but be careful – the left hand may be beckoning – but the hand hidden behind the back is holding that knife, Jack. It may only last a whisker over eighteen minutes but they are eighteen unforgettable minutes – raw and knowing and powerful and half-joking – and all worth hearing.


released February 25, 2012

Upright Bass, Cello & Voice by Brandy Bones
Guitars, Dobros & Voice by Big John Bates
Percussion by Timothy Hagberg

Mixed and Mastered by Robert Ferbrache
Recorded by Todd Simko

Cover Art: Brandy Bones
Back cover photo: Voodoo Bill
Piano & Accordion: Glen "Cobra" Wilson
Background Vocals: Robert Newcombe
Other instruments: Todd Simko



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"Big John Bates: Noirchestra – an intense rustic symphony of twin peaks guitar, post-punk violin, orchestral upright bass and dramatic lead vocals"

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