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Heathen Apostles – Western Goth Bandanas

Heathen Apostles - Western Goth BandanasHeathen Apostles - Western Goth Bandanas

From the Heathen Apostles Facebook page: We hope everyone is doing well, we can’t wait to get back on the road and see you all! We’ve had a bit of a run on our Vince Ray western goth bandanas; bandanas seem to be the easiest way of protecting ourselves and others, especially worn over a standard mask. We’ve been trying to figure out how to get them over to Europe with cheaper shipping, for now we’re recommending them as an add-on item, and, as always, we refund the difference if you are charged more for shipping than it costs. We are throwing a a digital copy of our latest release “Born By Lightning”, and a Heathen Apostles sticker; click HERE to check them out.

Stay safe and we hope to see you all soon! We are finalizing the dates for our 2020 European tour, check back for updates. photos by Mather Louth

Heathen Apostles’ Heavy Acoustic Tour Postponed

The Heathen Apostles and Speedbuggy USA Heavy Acoustic West Coast Tour has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. It was to take both bands up the US West Coast and back during the last two weeks of April. The bands are hoping to reschedule for June 2020, but of course everything is up in the air right now. Check back for more info on this tour, and all upcoming dates (the Heathen Apostles’ European Tour in September is still looking like a good possibility), and the band wants to convey to their fans to stay safe during this crisis.

Heathen Apostles Heavy Acoustic Music

Heathen Apostles To Appear With Gothic Pirate Band The Dread Crew of Oddwood

Heathen Apostles To Appear With Gothic Pirate Band

The Heathen Apostles will be appearing with gothic pirate act The Dread Crew of Oddwood on Friday April 10th at The Satellite in Los Angeles, Ca. It will be the Heathens last show before their West Coast tour with Speedbuggy USA (running from Friday April 17th through Sunday April 16th), so come on down and get in on the wild times. Also appearing is Stygian Crown, for more info, click HERE.

Here’s a quick bio of The Dread Crew of Oddwood:

The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a folk metal band known for its pirate-themed music played exclusively on acoustic instruments. They have dubbed this unique style as Heavy Mahogany. Embarking from San Diego in 2008, this bloodthirsty horde has accumulated a commendable cult following and is rapidly gaining infamy throughout the far corners of the world.

By infusing the raw energy of heavy metal with Celtic folk music, The Dread Crew of Oddwood’s gothic pirate style has carved a distinct and popular niche in the heavy metal community. They riff and shred on the accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, tin whistle, toy piano, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and “Oddkit”, while weaving grandiose tales of comrades lost, bloody sieges, drunken debauchery, zombies, airships, and time travel!

Heathen Apostles West Coast Gothic Rodeo Tour 2020

Heathen Apostles - gothic rodeo tour

The dates are being released for the upcoming Heathen Apostles / Speedbuggy USA West Coast Gothic Rodeo Tour, taking place during the second half of April 2020. The tour will take the two bands through California, Oregon and Washington, and both bands will be playing special stripped-down acoustic sets. Check back for ticket links and more info.

Heathen Apostles / Speedbuggy USA West Coast Tour

Friday April 17th – Mercury Lounge, Goleta, CA
Saturday April 18th – Surf City Billiards, Santa Cruz, CA
Sunday, April 19th – Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica, CA
Monday, April 20th – TBD, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, April 22nd – Dante’s, Portland, OR
Thursday, April 23rd – Love Craft, Portland, OR
Friday, April 24th – TBD, Olympia, WA
Saturday, April 25th – Black Cat Cabaret, Seattle, WA
Sunday, April 26th – Hotel Albatross, Seattle, WA

Heathen Apostles ‘Country Gothic’ European Tour 2020

Heathen Apostles - country gothicThe Heathen Apostles are proud to announce the first wave of bookings for their 2020 European tour, which will take place in September. It will be their third tour of Europe, and this time around the band will be bringing their country gothic music to Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and more TBA. They will be promoting their gothic blues release Born By Lightning (out now on Ratchet Blade Records), as well as two surprise vinyl releases that will be announced at a later date. 

Here are the dates, the shows marked TBA will be announced at a later date, check back soon. To book one of the remaining dates, contact Kurt at Rootstown Bookings HERE.

Heathen Apostles European Tourdates 2020:

3/09/2020 Thursday Kulturrampe Germany Krefeld
4/09/2020 Friday Wild At Heart Germany Berlin
5/09/2020 Saturday City Club Germany Augsburg
6/09/2020 Sunday available
7/09/2020 Monday available
8/09/2020 Tuesday Quarterdeck Switzerland Basel
9/09/2020 Wednesday available
10/09/2020 Thursday  available
11/09/2020 Friday TBA Germany
12/09/2020 Saturday CC Muze Belgium Zolder
13/09/2020 Sunday TBA
14/09/2020 Monday available
15/09/2020 Tuesday Tortuga Germany Unna
16/09/2020 Wednesday Bei Chez Heinz Germany Hannover
17/09/2020 Thursday Monkeys Germany Hamburg
18/09/2020 Friday Extra Blues-Bar Germany Bielefeld
19/09/2020 Saturday PRIVATE PARTY
20/09/2020 Sunday BUSKERfestival Belgium Aarschot

Heathen Apostles in a Night of Gothic Outlaw Country

gothic outlaw country The Heathen Apostles will be playing Friday March 8th with Jason Charles Miller and Hannah Aldridge for a great night of gothic outlaw country at the world famous Whisky-a-Go-Go in West Hollywood, Ca. You can get advance tickets HERE

Jason Charles Miller is an American singer-songwriter known for his solo albums as well as being the lead vocalist and guitarist of the industrial rock band Godhead. Hannah Aldridge is an Americana/ Folk artist originally from Muscle Shoals, Al. She is the daughter of the #1 hit songwriter and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee, Walt Aldridge.

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Chopper Franklin To Produce New Hellbilly Music Album

POTBH - Hellbilly MusicThe Phantom of the Black Hills are back in the studio to record a new album, and once again it will be produced by Chopper Franklin for his Ratchet Blade Records label (Franklin has produced all 5 of the band’s albums). They will also be collaborating with the Heathen Apostles’ lead singer Mather Louth. For those who don’t know, Phantom of the Black Hills play very heavy hellbilly music, and have been together since 2009.

POTBH and Mather previously worked together on Wild Witch of the West (you can check out the crazy hellbilly music video for the song HERE), the lead single from their last album, 2017’s Scalped. This time Mather will have a bigger role in the project, singing and writing on several songs on the new album. The album is roughly scheduled for a Spring 2020 release.

Phantom & Mather Louth - Hellbilly Music

WILD WITCH OF THE WEST
(lyrics by Phantom of the Black Hills and Mather Louth)

Drag me to hell, and howl it up all night
A haunted heart, got the feeling right

Trigger finger warm, her blood runnin’ cold
A sunken sun, time to bring the show

Your death is her fascination
Sent to hell to stay; well, hell, she’ll show the way
She’s serving up some damnation
Badder than the rest, the Wild Witch of the West

Spells in the wind, crows fill up the sky
She’s so gone, can’t be rectified

Drums beatin’ dark, corpses in the street
Her eyes wild, guns spittin’ heat

She’s bringin’ your devastation
Yeah, she’ll mark your grave, and send you on your way
Your grief is her incantation
Bringin’ all the best, the Wild Witch of the West

Hex taking aim,
It’s you I’ve come to claim
One last bone to pick
that bears your name

I’m crossing over the threshold
Sweeping off the ashes and the brimstone
You’d best not find yourself alone
Every story ends the same,
Another moth caught by the flame

Heathen Apostles – Gothic Americana Blues EP Review

Heathen Apostles - Gothic Americana Blues“So far here we have reviewed a Folk album, a Punk album and a sort of Bluesy compilation album so none of our usual uptake and that doesn’t change with this review of the latest EP from Heathen Apostles. They play a sort of Gothic Americana Blues crossed with alternative alternative country. Born By Lightning comes hot on the heels of their recently released album Dust To Dust, their fifth to date, and five new songs of what one reviewer described as “the bluegrass of Bill Monroe put into the woodshed with the Gothic tendencies of Siouxsie And The Banshees”.

Born By Lightning - Gothic Americana BluesLabel mates to of one of my all time favourite bands Phantom Of The Black Hills, they tread much the same path but definitely in a more accessible way to yer average Joe. Fiddle and banjo aplenty here while Mather Louth’s beautiful yet powerful voice shines above all else.

Starting off with the slow Country styled Gothic ballad ‘Death Bell Blues’ a tribute to the legendary Howlin’ Wolf before leading into the dark ‘Chosen One’ which shows the Apostles at that catchiest best. The title track ‘Born By Lightning’ sees them back in darker country again with an intense ballad that builds on Mather’s voice with the rest of the band restrained before here. A million miles away from the Grand Ole Opry! The last two songs have a much harder edge, ‘Devil Comes For All Of Us’ is self explanatory while ‘Scarecrow Blues’ take us far away from traditional Country and into the realm of the ‘murder ballad’ with its tale of a social misfit  being burned out of his house only for the vigilantes to burn down the entire town while it slinks and slithers to the beat of the blues!

A Country-Bluesy-Punky affair (the band have long wanted to do a Blues style release) and with Born By Lightning they have managed to stay close to their roots and something that would also appeal to more traditional music fans too. Signed to Ratchet Blade Records which specialises in ‘Dark Roots Music’ where you can find out all you need to about this glorious genre.”

You can read the article at London Celtic Punks HERE.

“Death Bell Blues” Death Blues Music Video

Heathen Apostles - Death BluesThe Heathen Apostles have released a lyric video for Death Bell Blues, the first song on their new dark blues Born By Lightning EP, available now on Ratchet Blade Records. The band went in a death blues direction for this release, casting the same dark spells they use on bluegrass and country onto the blues.

Heathen Apostles - Death BluesThe video features footage shot long time collaborator Jorge Jaramillo, who in the past has worked with the Heathen Apostles by directing their Paint The Stars and Deadly Nightshade music videos. You can preview the Born By Lightning EP HERE.

“Whereas DUST TO DUST put the bluegrass of Bill Monroe into the woodshed with the gothic tendencies of Siouxsie & the Banshees, BORN BY LIGHTNING slinks and slithers to the beat of the blues, with plenty of shouts, hollers, and heavy slide guitar.”

Heathen Apostles – “Born By Lightning” Dark Blues Review

Dark Blues musicWith the new Heathen Apostles EP Born By Lightning the gothic americana pendulum has swung towards the blues. The new release is inspired with melancholy and macabra – two foundational themes for the authentic form of dark blues music. That echoes the style of the Heathen Apostles themselves.

The track list begins with the moderate tempoed blues track Death Bell Blues, which still focuses on dark country and southern gothic. Chosen One is much darker and scarier, it’s more to a post punk legacy that resonates well with blues themes. Born By Lightning has a thick, dense sound, interesting solutions in terms of the vocal line, and in general terms, this track is closer to the earlier tracks of the band. Devil Comes For All Of Us with the Heathen Apostles’  otherworldly conjuring and spells increase the horror in this story. Born By Lightning ends in a good way, with the driving and wild Scarecrow Blues.

The release turned out to be unified, integral in mood and sound at the same time. It is also impressive that Heathen Apostles undertook to investigate and dissect the gothic americana in each of its subgenre branches.

Review by Viola Noir  for violanoir.com 8/10