I know precisely nothing about Vancouver’s Big John Bates, other than the fact that this video for Amerkin is goddamn intense and kind of freaks me out a bit. It also makes me think BJB and his band would quite the spectacle live, and the fact that he’s got a bassist named Brandy Bones & a drummer named JT Massacre is doing nothing to dissuade me of that opinion. There’s good news on this front if you’ll be in Halifax for HPX, as Big John & Co. are playing Michael’s next Friday night with The Green Reflectors and Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors. Throw in burlesque performances from Helena Darling & Ginger St. James, and everyone wins.