BJB and band just typhooned through Japan with a multi-date tour and a stop in North Korea to administer a hairdo for the boss, it looks like. Washing onto our shores, expect this crew to stirrup some mighty tidal waves roughing up the usually peaceful Mississihl tonight.
BJB, master of the pun and unhinged rock’n’roll has been around. A formative event happened early on when after high school his amp and guitar (handmade by his brother and wired together from parts of Sears & Roebuck guitars) were stolen which led him to abandon playing the instrument, instead concentrating on lyrics and vocals and trying to find his chops in the fertile underground scene of Vancouver. Then it was high time to lead the legendary death-rock Annihilator (with Jeff Waters), a band that was rising to fame and lasting notoriety as «the highest-selling trash metal band from Canada». Initially they got together to cover AC/DC songs but the album «Alison Hell and Never» wound up showcasing mostly their own compositions. Influenced by early Alice Cooper and The Cramps, but veering into swing (1) and burlesque (!!) as well and newly equipped with his handmade Gretsch White Falcon BJB bought from the guitarist of Badfinger, he formed the equally notorious Voodoo Dollz which fused the literary influence of hard-ass Mikey Spillane and the visual footprint of the great fleshpot director Russ Meyer into a virgin rock’n’roll spectacle. That juicy R-rated act could be savored in over a 1000 gigs and in the company of Solomon Burke, The Blasters, Koko Taylor, The Fuzztones a.o. by rabid fans worldwide. «Bestiary» was the album from that period.
Now with us is Noirchestra with their current album «From the Bestiary to the Leathering Room» and as usual it presents the protean BJB on his insane Gretsch. «Our style of post-rock’n’roll is something we call Americana Noir. It’s created out of our love of post-rock violins, Nick Cave’s intensity, garage rock, Godspeed’s orchestration, upright bass and soulful vocal melodies. It only takes four of us to put on a dramatic, orchestral and energetic live show that will move you like no other group around» – John Bates, 2016