Is this Chamber-Punk? At least it's more than Rock'n'Roll, More than Metal, more than Post-Rock, more than Rustic-Punk and AmericanaNoir. This band is it's own class!
New album "Skinners Cage" out now!
An album full of surprises....

No chance to stop Big John Bates! If you never had the chance to see this band on stage, you probably have already heard about their amazing live performance.
They are a group that has succeeded in finding exciting ways to avoid the mainstream of - what we call - rock'n'roll. They throw “Post-Rock and Symphonic Punk into Americana Noir” to end up with the unique style of the “Big John Bates Noirchestra”.
In April 2019 they come along with a new album: “Skinners Cage”
The LP cover concept (an original oil painting from Santiago Caruso) reflects the band’s vision of social media as a virtual Skinner’s Box, a direct feed to the human brain....

...Drums, Bass, Violin were recorded at MonkeeCage Studios on the waterfront in Wilhelmshaven / Northern Germany. Across the room Ty-Ty pounded his spirits into a drumset the band was gifted from legendary German band Trio. All other recorded on board of John’s Boat the Caleuche in Vancouver/Canada

They've played more than 1600 live shows around the globe, released seven albums, various singles, appeared in TV shows, movies, etc, etc...
Vocalist and legendary Gretsch guitar-slinger
JOHN BATES (who started his carrer as singer of trash metal legends ANIHILATOR ) shares songwriting and singing with upright bass player / vocalist BRANDY BONES, who is infamous for gymnastic-style stunts with her huge Höfner bass.
Both John and Brandy are pushed to the edge by
Ty Ty the Saviour, who definitely knows how to treat the drums, as well as a huge timpani.
And last but not least thee wonderful
RequEMILY with her amazing violin that provides much more sounds than you can be aware of.

Please read the full pressInfo/biography in our "Download" section!

Big John Bates has one hell of a band. Their blend of Alternative Punk/Country/Rock is one of the most refreshing things that I've heard in 5 years. I would honored to put my 30 year reputation on the line for their music."
- Bill Arnovich (Adele Media)

"Big John Bates is an irresistible hipster draw" - The Telegraph (Illinois)

"Big John Bates is one Of Vancouver's most notorious musicians" - The Globe & Mail (Toronto)

"A high-octane musical experience" - Orange County Examiner (Los Angeles)

Big John Bates are not only a band; they are an infectious lifestyle choice that needs to be absorbed by all of humankind."
- Twin Cities (Minneapolis 2010)

And this was happen end of 2010 - right before they finally quit the Burlesque in 2011:
Yes, that's right ! Time for a change, time for the Grindshow !

Big John Bates' 2010 release "Bad Pussy / Scarecrow Close" (7" Rookie Records) has exposed the bands move into a rustic hybrid of roots & rock.
Now 2011 brings their Grindshow to life: b-movie queens led by Calamity Kate - switchblades & grinders battling tassels on fire! 2011 will also see their 5th album "Battered Bones", the second for drummer J.T. Brander and the first featuring lead vocals by both BJB and upright bassist Brandy Anderson. New Year's Eve 2011 will mark 10 years of BJB - the Evel Knievel of Rock'n'Roll - still madly jumping canyons with rockets ablaze!


Don't be fooled by Brandy Battery's upright bass or Big John's hollowbody guitar, this ain't no mere rxckxbilly band. "With one foot in Memphis and the other on 42nd Street", BJB have punked out the Hotrod Blues and wrapped it up in a cabaret from Hell, a live spectacle featuring the one-and-only Voodoo Dollz Burlesque!
But keep in mind: Even everyone says "they brought Burlesque on european stages", meanwhile the whole thing transmuted to a bombastic Neo-Burlesque show.

Auch nach über 800 Shows in Canada, USA und Europa räumen BIG JOHN BATES & The Voodoo Dollz ("the Girls of Burlesque") aus
Vancouver/Canada weiterhin gewaltig ab und hinterlassen nach jeder Show staunende Fans...