Americana Noir is a western gothic sound with an experimental feel. It’s crafted with soulful voices and lyrics of hope, honesty and betrayal. We fill it with garage-rock guitars, post-rock violins, bowed upright bass and dramatic percussion. The Big John Bates: Noirchestra live experience is intense, a creative performance bringing dark seeds together.
The latest LP, From the Bestiary to the Leathering Room (on Germany’s Rookie Records), is the heart of the band’s intense performance and its thick white vinyl is covered with the intoxicating art of Santiago Caruso. The rustic lyrics embroider a midnight path with themes of hope, belief and despair while their “unorthodox, intriguing style” might “summon demons from under the coffee table.” Ty-Ty the Saviour and Requiemily fill the soundscape until Big John’s leathered baritone joins Brandy Bones’ “infernal fusion of Patti Smith & Siouxsie Sioux” including you in a new dimension.
(PHOTO: Black Opal Images 2016)