Scratch a rockabilly guy, and you'll find a Cramps T shirt crumbling underneath his jean jacket and star tattoo. Scratch Vancouver guitarist Big John Bates' Russ Meyer starlet-like dancers - and you might get knocked out cold. Bates and his old outfit, The Voodoo Dollz, were notorious road dogs who encouraged mad, bad, and deviant behavior via nipple tassels that squirted southern comfort and riffs emanated from mainlining a mish mash of music from the sun and chess labels.
A few months back, Bates replaced his drummer, promoted his bassist Brandy "Bones" Anderson to co lead singer, and encouraged his dance troupe, Calamity Kate and Lincoln Electra, to use metal grinders, switchblades, and anything else dangerous that could be used to disturb the peace. The resulting "grindshow" is a more deliberate paced extravaganza that uses Cramps-esque material ("Bad P***y") to attempt to disturb jaded 21st century hipsters and 5th wave greasers.
Thursday night, Big John Bates & The Grindshow play the Monterey Club in Fort Lauderdale, which should be interesting as the joint is small enough to where the sparks from the grinders could land in someone's pomade and create a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial. But that's nothing a cold PBR and a bar towel can't solve.
Below is a clip from Bates' Vodoo Dollz period, but seeing how the tune is entitled "Burlesque Is Dead", I'm guessing it made the cut into the Grindshow.