Americana Noir is dramatically created of soulful voices, garage-rock guitars and post-rock violins melding with upright bass over Godspeed-like percussion. Our live experience is the creation of a shared revelation, bringing the dark seeds together and invoked by the Big John Bates: Noirchestra.
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” include you in a new dimension.
(PHOTO: Black Opal Images 2016)