Battered Bones came out of the aptly named Absinthe Studios at the hands of Denver producer Robert Ferbrache (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand, Slim Cessna) smoothing Bates’ raw appeal and Brandy’s Big Sky horizons into a gothic western. The rustic punk style on Battered Bones feels and sounds like a hard drive over dirt roads in a flat black ’69 Charger. It brings together western style and raw power that shakes the roots out of the woodwork.
Starting as Annihilator’s singer Bates & his razor-sharp Gretsch have chiseled out a career with a caravan of misfits, playing hundreds of shows every year across North America & Europe. John Bates has played for thousands fans at European festivals, had songs in countless movies and TV shows and has also been featured on Battlestar Galactica, A&E Discovery. After a 7” release, Bates spent the past two years holed up and writing with Höfner Strings’ Brandy Bones before they hit the road in 2012 with Indiana friends Murder by Death. Brandy’s love for old-school country shines through with her often bleak lyrics while the band harnesses a wall of sound in a style she has christened “Rustic Punk”. It’s a band whose show is a spellbinding hour of sound wrapped in physical showmanship & slashed to ribbons.