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Heathen Apostles Article In love/hate Magazine

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Radar: Heathen Apostles
Out of the City of Angels comes a devilish new band with a dark twist on classic American country, bluegrass and murder balladry. The Heathen Apostles offer a sound that combines gothic and punk overtones with edgy lyrics of murderous love, outlaw crime and damnation. These heathens have been making a stir around Southern California during the past 2 years and just recently appeared at the annual Ink N Iron Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.

Now, when you first gets a glimpse of the Heathen Apostles, it is hard not to do a double take. This band casts a dark shadow over the crowd as they enter and appear more closely to funeral entertainment for a 19th century downed gunslinger versus an LA club night with twenty-something hipsters in the crowd pecking away at iPhones. However, with head-to-toe blackness, vintage Victorian-era attire, stern countenance and a wide array of instrumentation, the shear visual of the band can be both alluring and overwhelming. The final blow comes from the diva front woman, Mather Louth (Radio Noir) who normally takes the stage with full funeral head vale, jet black lipstick and pale white skin. Mather out front of this group mystifies the crowd with haunting gazes and enigmatic poses throughout the performances, which transmits both beckoning and threatening signals at the same time.

HA may have roots in many genres, but their combined sound is altogether their own. The band touts familiar names such as Chopper Franklin (The Cramps) on guitar and Stevyn Grey (Christian Death, 45 Grave) on drums, but other band members round out this musically tight and original arrangement including Thomas Lorious (The Kings of Nuthin’) on an upright bass, Viktor Phoenix (Dessau) on both banjo/mandolin and the talented of Luis Mascaro on fiddle.

The songs of HA range all tempos and emotions. From the fast-paced, boot-clicking tunes of ‘Without A Trace’ and ‘Forget Me Not’ down to the somber murder ballads of ‘Before You Go’ and ‘Dark Was The Night’, the listener is not stuck in a monotonous or monochromatic musical experience.

HA has a tight musical delivery, an innovative dark approach and an unforgettable stage performance that stays with you long after the performance is over. The Heathen Apostles are not your typical night out on the town and definitely should not missed, as we might be seeing an ushering in of a new genre with possible copycat bands soon to follow.

Heathen Apostles will be playing various shows in and around Southern California including Hippy Killer Hoedown 2015 in Perris, CA. Please visit the band’s website or follow them on Facebook for more info.

Full length album, Boot Hill Hymnal and 3-song EP, Without A Trace, now available at www.heathenapostles.com.

Read the article online HERE.

Heathen Apostles Return To Bar Sinister

The Heathen Apostles are returning to headline Bar Sinister, Hollywood’s premiere Gothic nightclub, on Saturday March 28th.  You’ll receive $5 off entrance with a costume or a flier, check HERE for more info.

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The 69 Cats’ 2015 Performance Updates

Here is the updated itinerary for the 69 Cats’ 2015 appearances, you can get tickets to their European tour by clicking HERE, and you can buy tickets to Ink n Iron Nashville HERE. Be sure and get your tickets now so you don’t miss out on these historical performances!

More Stills From The “Death’s Head” Video Shoot

More production stills have emerged from the Heathen Apostles’ Death’s Head music video shoot, this time they were shot on location by Lee Sterling. Both the Death’s Head single and video are out now on Ratchet Blade Records, you can preview and buy the single HERE, and you can watch the video HERE.

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The 69 Cats SXSW Showcase Date Announced

The 69 Cats South By Southwest Festival showcase has been announced, they will be performing Saturday March 21st at the Lucky Lounge in Austin, Texas. They will take the stage at 10pm, preceded by Danny B. and Annie Marie Lewis at 9, check the Live Dates page for more info, see you there!

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photo by Robert John Photography

 

Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Single and Video Are Live

The new Heathen Apostles Death’s Head music video is live, it was directed by the band and Lawrence Drayton, check it out and help support the band by clicking HERE to preview and buy the song on iTunes and HERE to get it on Amazon::

Photos From Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video

Here are some production stills from the upcoming Heathen Apostles music video “Death’s Head”, shot on location by Lawrence Drayton. Both the single and the video will be released on Friday the 13th of February on Ratchet Blade Records.

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Editing Has Begun on Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video

The Heathen Apostles have begun editing the music video for the upcoming Death’s Head video. Here’s a peak at the process, the single and video will be released on Friday the 13th of February on Ratchet Blade Records.

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Upcoming Heathen Apostles Events

The Heathen Apostles have some upcoming shows and events this Spring, be sure and make it down and check out the new songs set for release this year:

  • 01/24/15 Los Angeles, CA at Cafe NELA
  • 02/13/15 Worldwide Release of “Death’s Head” single
  • 02/20/15 KXLU 88.9 (Los Angeles) Appearance at 11pm
  • 03/28/15 Hollywood, CA at Bar Sinister (at Boardner’s)
  • 04/11/15 Perris, CA at Hippy Killer Hoedown at Farmer’s Fairgrounds

photos by Larry Drayton

Chopper-Produced Phantom of the Black Hills CD Reviewed

The new Chopper Franklin produced Phantom of the Black Hills album Moonshine Bright has been reviewed by The Examiner, it received 4 of 5 stars:

Phantom of the Black Hills, one of the outlaw music scene’s favorite bands of renegade pickers, stummers, pluckers and bangers, is back with a new album on Ratchet Blade Records, Moonshine Bright. Continuing to terrorize the musical wagon trail of the current roots revival with their signature sound of doom country, frontier-core and hellbilly punk, Phantom of the Black Hills’ most recent collection of songs is as powerful and violent as the fiery blast of an old blunderbuss, with each deadly projectile hitting a different mark.

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Throughout Moonshine Bright Phantom of the Black Hills lay down some mean distorted chords, plenty of pickin’ and strummin’, hillbilly fiddin’, strong drums, and gritty outlaw vocals. The opening song, which is also the title track, is as dirty and intoxicating and homegrown as the contents of the musical barrel in which it was distilled. “Hellbetties Risin’,” the first single from Moonshine Bright, is a raw cowpunk offering with male and female vocals, is as sharp as the edge of a boot knife. “In Hell” takes a lawbreaker anthem which rides like hell for the horizon, loot in hand, putting some distance between oneself and the hangman’s noose, yet knowing full well that when the times comes hell will be one’s ultimate destination. “The Storm is my Shelter” is about as close to traditional country music as Phantom of the Black Hills get, but it is still pretty far removed from the purist idea of the genre, which is decidedly a good thing. The closer, “A Life for an Eye,” is a little different from the rest of the album in that it is garagey roots rock and dark country punk hybrid.

Moonshine Bright by Phantom of the Black Hills is available from the Ratchet Blade Records webstore here.

by James G. Carlson
The Examiner

read the review online by clicking HERE

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