Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes are one of New Orleans best kept secrets – maybe. …..Pain, Pleasure, Fear and Opera (Noiselab) is their third album. But the bands Jazz Fest set was a revelation to me: jamband bonhomie and Louisiana stroll spiced with klezmer style violin and funeral-parade horns… Pain is more of that punch: what you you’d get if Phish had been born at Tipitina’s and studied under George Clinton and Frank Zappa late night on the levee.
— David Fricke, Rolling Stone