Awesome, new video!!

Yes yes yes, we finally have a new video!! Il Barbiere! So stoked. It was shot on our last two tours at shows in Frankfurt, DE; Furth DE; and fittingly (as the song title is Italian) Turin, IT; Vicenza IT. And just to keep it gritty there’s footage from Brandy’s home state shot in Great Falls, MT. Special thanks to all of the artists involved in capturing the moments: Bernhard Bobo, Ace Winterrowd, Jens Pruditsch, Hans von Draminiski, Miseria Nera, Torsten Geyer.

Supporting the Ride for Cancer

That’s right, we are playing an ACOUSTIC show to support the “CTV Ride to Conquer Cancer” at the Big Rock Brewery in Vancouver on Thursday August 6th. We began doing acoustic radio shows on our recent European tour but this is our first in North America and it’s for a great cause. Save that date!


BJB – not for English just!

Here are a few reviews of the new album that we used Google Translate to have a little fun with. Hope you get a kick out of them and if you find some try it yourself and send us the results.

PLANET NR – Alternative Records (AUSTRIA – June 2015)
The band around mastermind John Bates plays Rock’n’ Roll whose atmosphere is largely enriched by Dark Americana, Desert Rock, Blues and Country. The instrumentation includes not only Bates’ typical Gretsch guitars and drums but upright bass, percussion, mandolin and cello. The stirring songs give us the feelings of a powerful live performance. Very earthy music. Quality songwiting and complex arrangements make this album a great achievement as it could easily have been too difficult to understand. It’s hard to believe that Bates also was the first singer for the Canadian thrash metal legend Annihilator.

New album of this group’s particular style they define as ‘Southern-gotic-death-cult’. It is true that their mixture is thick and satiating for demanding connoisseurs! Americana, Cowpunk, Garage, Death Folk, Rockabilly, Blues, Jive … Imagine a Wovenhand which has ceased to be totally boring jamming with the Gun Club under the auspices of Diablo Swing Orchestra … do you struggle to represent what that means to you? Then throw yourself on Big John Bates is really the foot, although intense and deep! Discovery & heart stroke!

PUNKROCK #24 (GERMANY – June 2015)
The fact that this album was recorded on John’s houseboat is probably also reflected sonically because of this already dizzy sound. The songs are arranged and waiting with cool – and plenty of percussion and a cello. Calling the sound Southern Gothic Death Cult is no accident, as here From Dusk til Dawn was apparently set to music. The term I did not know until reading the info-slip, but when the album opens up we hear that immediately. The songs with bassist Brandy Bones singing on main vocals personally affect me better, but John’s deep voice comes across very well and theatrically in the mix. Definitely an album that seems to get better with repeated listening and thanks to the many facets we do not get bored. Here’s to each spin bringing something new to discover.

Big John Bates on tour in Europe

The Bates Family Tour 2015 is underway until Jun e16!! The new album is already getting airplay across the coolest stations in Europe and early reviews have named us the sound of  “Post-Apocalyptic Outlaw Rock”. Check out the shows when we get close to you – we’re playing eight songs from the new album and we have copies of 180g virginal white vinyl for you with us with a great album cover from Santiago Caruso.

Join us in changing the soundtrack away from corporate programming – we are your band and you won’t be disappointed!


Southern Gothic Death Cult