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Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz - Rockabilly du Canada - Discographie & Téléchargement d'album mp3 complet

Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz

Groupe de musique Rockabilly du Canada

Big John Bates is a Canadian psychobilly musician.

Band members

Current membersBig John Bates

Brandy Bones


RequiEmilyPast membersJT Brander

Leanne Chapman

Kris Miehm

Timothy Hagberg

Early life

John D Bates was born in Toronto and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. His adopted father Bill "Hank" Bates was an amateur ice hockey goalie in Toronto and was drafted by the New York Rangers. Before he learned of their interest Bill had registered with the RAF and went to London UK as a mechanic and pilot in WW2. When informed of the draft decision Bill's father Harry told the Rangers "Hank's joined a bigger team". John's birth father was a self-taught musician in the style of Buddy Holly who wrote songs with the Beau-Marks from Montreal. John initially wanted to be a professional ice hockey goalie, practicing with the Nepean Raiders until his attention turned to guitar at age 15. Bates' early guitar bodies were made by his brother in high-school shop with electric parts and necks scavenged from old Silvertone guitars. He has publicly stated that the nickname, Big John Bates, was given to him in his early 20's by close friends and was "re-purposed" by a Vancouver promoter before announcing the band's first show at the Piccadilly Pub.John grew up listening to his parent's swing albums and Bill Haley until he eventually discovered hard rock through a guitarist friend from Syracuse, NY. John then took a few lessons at a local music shop in order to meet Exciter guitarist John Ricci. Bates' first real guitar was a Gibson Marauder that was stolen when his parent's house was burgled during a party. While saving for a replacement he focused on lyrics and vocals which led to the formation of his first band Annihilator in 1984 with Jeff Waters.

The original Big John Bates sound came from his interpretations of 60's Surf, Garage, Exotica and Psychobilly. After forming the Noirchestra in 2012 with Brandy Bones, Bates and Bones combined the Americana Noir of their "From the Bestiary" LP (2015) and the Rustic Punk of their "Battered Bones" LP (2012) into a Gothic Blues style on the Noirchestra's "Skinners Cage" LP (2019).

Musical career

Big John Bates: Noirchestra

Big John Bates: Noirchestra officially launched in Vancouver, BC in 2012. However their initial recording for the song "Scarecrow Close" was done in 2010. The single was featured in Hot Topic stores across the US and was released as a seven-inch by Rookie Records. Brandy Bones also received a Hofner Strings endorsement for upright bass. During the 2011 US tour the band completed demo recordings at Mark Robertson's studio (Legendary Shack Shakers) in Nashville, TN from which a cover version of the TV theme song Rawhide (song) was released. The LP/EP pair Battered Bones / Headless Fowl was recorded in early 2012 at Todd Simko's New Westminster studio. The tracks were mixed and mastered in Denver by Robert Ferbrache (Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Tarantella and 16 Horsepower), creator of the "Denver Sound".These sessions were split with six songs, released in North America as Headless Fowl in April 2012 by Frontman Records and the remainder released in Europe as "Battered Bones" on Rookie Records (Germany) in Sept 2012. Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra claimed that "Headless Fowl was extremely cool" and included the release in the Alternative Tentacles catalogue. The EP was accompanied by a March/April 2012 co-headlining tour of the US and Canada with Murder By Death (band). Videos for the post-rock instrumental "Amerkin" and "Taste the Barrel" were produced by Chris Ray and Hora Morrior and released on YouTube to support the tour. "Taste the Barrel" was also featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's TV show Arctic Air.

"Battered Bones" was supported by a Fall 2012 headlining tour through Europe and North America. These dates included Canadian Music Week and the Halifax Pop Explosion where their dramatic performance earned the festival's highest rating among bands such as Black Lips, Elliott Brood and Wintersleep. The band began this tour as four-piece, but the fourth member subsequently disappeared without a trace during the tour. Following the tour Frontman Records compiled 13 tracks from the sessions and released them digitally as The Headless Fowl LP.2014 saw the dark rock band release the 7" single "Black Timber, Bitter Root" mixed by The Smugglers guitarist David Carswell and released on Rookie Records and completed a 22-date headlining tour of Europe in May 2014. The band again became a four-piece, adding cello to their live sound and completed a Canadian and American tour with White Cowbell Oklahoma (CA) and The Paceshifters (NL) in winter of 2014. On their time off, the band wrote and recorded their sophomore LP From the Bestiary to the Leathering Room in their studio aboard the Caleuche, Bates' boat moored in Vancouver's False Creek. The LP saw its Canadian release in Spring 2016 and the group was joined by drummer Ty-Ty. They performed dates in the U.S. and on their second 2016 European tour they were completed by chamber-punk violinist RequiEmily. In March 2017 the Noirchestra completed their first tour of Japan; playing nine shows in six cities and recording two songs in Kyoto with Alternative Tentacles artist Ultra Bide. In early summer 2017 a third round of European touring that completed the promotion for "Bestiary" with both club and festival shows.

In summer 2018 the band performed festivals and shows while in Germany to record the drums and bass for their release "Skinners Cage" in Wilhelmshaven, DE. Additional recording for the LP was once again aboard the Caleuche in Vancouver and was mixed by Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds. The LP was released by Rookie Records April 12, 2019 and garnered exceptional acclaim by press in Europe and Canada. In 2020 the Noirchestra appeared on the Netflix series Snowpiercer (TV series) (Season 2, Episode 4) as the band in the Night Lounge. The group intends to resume tour in the post-Covid world beginning with a Vancouver show supporting Helmet (band) November 2021.

Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz

The group was formed in 2000 and peers considered the group's style garage/rock'n'roll music that was part of the neo-psychobilly scene. The band cited influences such as Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, the Cramps, Reverend Horton Heat, early Alice Cooper, the pioneers of swing music and the new burlesque revolution. They were the first touring band to incorporate burlesque performers including Little Miss Risk and performed over 1000 shows and festivals throughout Europe and North America. The group received one of Canada's first Jagermeister music sponsorships as the group used Jager onstage with shots, syringes and flaming pasties. A Gretsch guitar sponsorship also followed with John featured in the 2006 Gretsch catalog with his Black Falcon. Bates supported notable artists such as the Fuzztones, the Blasters, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Solomon Burke, Koko Taylor, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Boss Hoss and Andre Williams. Bates brought the group to an end in December 2010 though a version continued touring as the Big John Bates Grindshow until John and Brandy had new music ready for the launch of the Big John Bates: Noirchestra in 2012.


John Bates first band was as a founding member of Annihilator, the "highest-selling thrash metal band from Canada". His meeting Jeff Waters was through mutual neighborhood friends with the intention to cover AC/DC songs. After meeting they decided to instead write original songs together and the two of them formed Annihilator. Bates recruited bassist Dave Scott while Jeff brought in drummer Paul Malek. The band rehearsed daily in the basement of a women's fashion shop under Bank Street in Ottawa. for a two-year period before settling in Val-d'Or after a residency there. During this time, Waters and Bates co-wrote most of the tracks from the albums Alison Hell and Never, Neverland before the first incarnation of the band dissolved.

John and Dave quit the group to form Ligeia, notably recording a version of Alison Hell in 1987 that was pre-dated the Annihilator release (on cassette only).

Following that John went to business school in Nepean while he started Bates Motel. After graduation he moved to Vancouver, where Bates Motel recorded a FACTOR-funded LP produced by Jeff Waters in 1996. The CD was released by Tomcat Records, owned by Doug Bennett (musician) from Doug and the Slugs and sold out all four pressings. During the recording of the follow-up John's songwriting had developed into more of a rockabilly style and the record was scrapped with four songs surviving as the first "Big John Bates" seven inch which was released on red vinyl in 1999.

John later co-wrote songs on King of the Kill, engineered the demos for the record deal, and subsequently wrote songs included on the three following albums. Bates also contributed a guitar track to "Remains".John also performed as guitarist for Bif Naked for a brief period during her Plum Records period.

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Membres du groupe :   J.T. Brander, Scare-Oline, Big John Bates

- Discographie -

4 albums

Big John Bates - Take Your Medicine

Take Your Medicine

2006 - Canada
Album CD13 Pistes
Devil Sauce Recordings

Big John Bates - Mystiki


2003 - Canada
Album CD15 Pistes
Devil Sauce Recordings

Big John Bates - Vibro Psychotic

Vibro Psychotic

2001 - Canada
Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Garage Rock
Vinyle 7"4 Pistes
Nearly Nude Music

Big John Bates - Flamethrower


2001 - Canada
Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Garage Rock
Album CD19 Pistes
Hullabaloo Records

- Vidéos Big John Bates & The Voodoo Dollz -

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Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz

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  Big John Bates - Take Your Medicine - 2006 (Canada) - Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll

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