Skinners Cage

by Big John Bates: Noirchestra

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    German edition pressed on pink marbled 180g vinyl - All the Devils is the opening track and first video from the new Big John Bates LP “Skinners Cage”. The song is a ragged rocker but instead of a hyper-amped guitar, an insane violin drives the track. The video was shot in a mad grindshow-style that compliments the B-movie spookiness of the track and sets the mood for the entire album. This is a band built for the live experience.

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    Skinners Cage in convenient CD format - gatefold with a different photo from the LP. Comes with a folding pamphlet containing lyrics, photo and info. (photos are of actual item)

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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 4 Big John Bates: Noirchestra releases available on Bandcamp and save 20%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Skinners Cage, From the Bestiary to the Leathering Room, Battered Bones, and Headless Fowl. , and , .

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The third album to come from the tireless touring machine that is Big John Bates, Big John Bates: Noirchestra now finds the musician stepping out into slightly different terrain. The songs are less full-on rock attack and more exploring of textures and variations while still working firmly in the Americana Noir genre the band is known for.

It’s a very good fit having the trio of guitarist Bates, bassist Brandy Bones and drummer Ty-Ty expanded to include violinist RequiEmily, who greatly expands the sonic capacities of the group.

The 11 tracks include both originals and covers of Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English, Kurt Weil’s Moon of Alabama and Dead Moon Night by Dead Moon.

1: All the Devils. The opening track is a ragged rocker in line with what fans would associate with a BJB album. But rather than hyper-amped guitar, it’s the violin bowing like crazy that drives the track and also gives it a solidly B-movie spookiness. There is a Theremin lick that is totally addictive.

2: Brandy Bones singing. It’s hard to bring something new to a song as signature as Broken English, but Bones does just that as she seems to cross between Siouxsie Sioux and Courtney Love, giving the moody lyrics new-found heaviness. She can also be downright old-timey as on Thread by Thread.

3: Skinners Cage. The title track begins as a near-folk acoustic number before it builds into a power rocker featuring some parts that wouldn’t sound out of place on a classic psychedelic garage recording from the ’60s. Bates drops a killer solo in this song on an album that doesn’t have that many of them.

4: Noirchestra. Having been involved in thrash metal (Annihilator), garage (Voodoo Dollz), goth (Bates Motel) and psychobilly, one constant has held with every project from Big John Bates. The music all sounds like it will go over well in concert and it almost always does.

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released April 12, 2019

Big John Bates: vocals, guitar, percussion
Brandy Bones: vocals, electric & upright bass
Ty-Ty the Saviour: drums, timpani
RequiEmily: electric & acoustic violins

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Big John Bates: Noirchestra Vancouver, British Columbia

Rustic imagery melded with minor keys creates the western Americana Noir style championed by Big John Bates: Noirchestra. Dead things Brandy Bones collected from her Montana roots; rusty riffs Big John Bates uncovered in the Ottawa Valley - all powered by Ty-Ty's percussive soundscapes and adorned with RequiEmily’s post-punk violins.

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