Big John Bates is not only a band, they are an infectious lifestyle choice that needs to be absorbed by all of humankind.”

— Twin Cities Magazine

The mic stands were adorned with animal skulls. The vocal duo of Brandy and John was intricate, and they shared the duties well while the technical skill overall was incredible. Straight up, this was one of the best live sets I have ever seen. Every time something awesome happened, it would get one-upped by something even more insane. It was an “anything goes” show. Every second was a memorable moment, I dreamt about it that night. It was the definition of “putting on a show”. Blew my face off with such a sick combination of gritty riffs, interesting vocal arrangements and stage presence."”

— Scene Magazine, (Halifax Pop Explosion)

Headless Fowl is cool indeed”

— Jello Biafra

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. Having been involved in thrash metal (Annihilator), garage (Voodoo Dollz) and goth (Bates Motel) 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 does!”

— Stuart Derdeyn (Vancouver Sun)

A voodoo guitar player to watch”

— Total Guitar Magazine

One of Vancouver’s most notorious musicians”

— Globe and Mail