Truth be told Â had no awareess ofÂ Vancouver, Canada’s Big John Bates until they tweeted this video to me during myÂ Â day-long Twitter #HalloweenTwang video theme playlist.Â TheirÂ sound could beÂ describedÂ as Â dark gothic Americana along the lines of The Handsome Family andÂ Those Poor Bastards.
The video forÂ Taste the Barrel, Â fromÂ theirÂ latest releaseÂ Battered BonesÂ (Rookie Records) , has aÂ Sun-washedÂ dustinessÂ to itÂ reminiscentÂ of aÂ Sergio Leone western. Â Singer and stand-up bassist stars in the videoÂ as a victim of either torture or justÂ frontierÂ surgicalÂ practices. Either way, the gruesomeÂ outcomeÂ if the same. BonesÂ sings with a sort of wailing unhinged soprano befitting the the scenes ans though i’m unsure of the storyline it’s effective. She even drops in a quick title of a Cormac McCarthy book “All the PrettyÂ Horses” to give the whole thing another level of greatness andÂ menace. The only thingÂ missingÂ is a partingÂ shotÂ of buzzardsÂ circlingÂ overhead.
A great find that i wanted to apss along and veryÂ fittingÂ for All Hallows Eve Twang Style!