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Heathen Apostles Announce Western Gothic EP

Heathen Apostles Western Gothic EPThe Heathen Apostles have had to postpone one US tour and one European tour (as well as several shows) this year due to COVID 19. The European tours have been rescheduled for May/June and September 2021, and in the meantime the band are pleased to announce the release of their new Western Gothic EP Prayers Before The Plague, out this Halloween on Ratchet Blade Records. The songs were recorded, and filmed, live at the band’s headquarters/compound/home The Devil’s Doghouse in Echo Park, Ca., and it is produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin. While nothing can replicate playing in front of a fanatical audience, they really poured themselves into these songs.

The Heathens will be releasing four videos from the performance, the first (Without A Trace) coming out today, October 23rd, which is also when Ratchet Blade Records launches the pre sale. You can preview and pre order the EP HERE.

“It would mean a lot to us it if you could check it out and help support the band any way you can as we complete Bloodgrass Vol. III and finish booking these tours. We always appreciate when you spend your hard-earned cash to join us on this dark journey, especially now, as we realize times are tougher than usual,” the bands says.

Prayers Before The Plague
1. Without A Trace (Live)
2. Death’s Head (Live)
3. Drowned In Trouble (Live)
4. Two For The Road (Live)
5. The Reckoning (Live)
6. Paint The Stars (Live)

Heathen Apostles’ European Tour Postponed

The Heathen Apostles’ European tour of September 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID 19 crisis, the band announced recently. Whenever possible the dates will be rescheduled to September 2021, several have already been confirmed, check back for announcements. The band will also be touring in Europe before that, Kurt DeBont of Rootstown Bookings is taking offers for May and June 2021. You can contact him by clicking HERE.

Here is the announcement that was posted on social media:
“The Heathen Apostles are sorry to have to announce we are canceling the dates of our 2020 European tour due to the COVID 19 crisis. We are happy to announce that we will be coming back to Europe in May/June 2021 and September 2021, we hope to see all of our European heathens at one or both of the tours. Beast wishes and wear your damn masks!

If you have a venue you can contact Kurt at bookings@rootstown.be to get in on either tour. We will be announcing some good stuff in the near future, stay tuned….”

Heathen Apostles' European Tour

Heathen Apostles Bring Gothic Americana Music to Europe in 2021

Booking has begun for the Heathen Apostles Europe 2021 tour, and the band is looking forward to bringing their Gothic Americana music back there once again. Their September 2020 European tour is still on as of now, but will depend on future travel restrictions. Be sure and check the band out this year, see below for those tour dates.

The 2021 tour will start on Thursday May 20th 2021 and the last date will be Sunday June 6th 2021. If you have a venue, or know of a venue, that would like to book the band contact Kurt DeBont at Rootstown Bookings HERE.

Gothic Americana Music

 

Here are the dates of the Heathen Apostles September 2020 European tour, it will be their third tour of Europe, and this time around the band will be bringing their Gothic Americana 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 a special vinyl release of their 2019 Dark Americana album Dust To Dust that will be out on Urgence Disk Records. The Heathen Apostles will be playing release show at Urgence Disk in Geneva, Switzerland.

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

Heathen Apostles European Tourdates 2020:

3/09/2020 Thursday – Kulturrampe, Krefeld, Germany
4/09/2020 Friday – Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany
5/09/2020 Saturday – Kulturhaus Abraxas, Augsburg, Germany
6/09/2020 Sunday available
7/09/2020 Monday – Urgence Disk, Geneva, Switzerland
8/09/2020 Tuesday – Quarterdeck, Basel, Switzerland
9/09/2020 Wednesday – Sonic Ballroom, Cologne, Germany
10/09/2020 Thursday – Altes Spital, Viechtach, Germany
11/09/2020 Friday – Alter Open-Air, Mannheim, Germany
12/09/2020 Saturday – CC Muze, Zolder, Belgium
13/09/2020 Sunday – Lokaal 42, Helmond, The Netherlands
14/09/2020 Monday – Titanic, Herenthout, Belgium
15/09/2020 Tuesday – Tortuga, Unna, Germany
16/09/2020 Wednesday – Bei Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
17/09/2020 Thursday – Monkeys, Hamburg, Germany
18/09/2020 Friday – Extra Blues-Bar, Bielefeld, Germany
19/09/2020 Saturday – PRIVATE PARTY
20/09/2020 Sunday – BUSKERfestival, Aarschot, Belgium

Gothic Americana Music

Heathen Apostles Working on Bloodgrass Vol. III – Dark Country Music

The Heathen Apostles are beginning work on Bloodgrass Vol. III, the third volume in their series of their take on gothic bluegrass, heavy roots and dark country music. The band hopes to have the project completed before their September 2020 European tour, but will release a single from it if the EP is not completed. The sessions are being recorded both under quarantine and through remote recordings, and will be released on Ratchet Blade Records. Both Bloodgrass Vol. I (released in 2017) and Bloodgrass Vol. II (released in 2018) EPs were later combined for the full length Bloodgrass Vol. I & II, released in 2019 on LP and CD.

Dark country music

James G. Carlson wrote of Bloodgrass Vol. I & II in No Depression:
“Bloodgrass Vol. II & II opens with the Apostles’ dark, creeping rendition of Gershwin and Heyward’s classic “Summertime.” “Death Came a Ridin’,” a Heathen Apostles original, is a macabre piece dedicated to the reaper, with Louth employing a storytelling style of lyrical conveyance. “Dark Days” somehow manages to successfully marry gloomy folk with gypsy jazz, and features some of Louth’s best vocal work on the album. “Lady in Gold” is an energetic gothic country offering, while “Deadly Nightshade” is an ominous picker with a simple but nicely punctuating beat. “Paint the Stars,” an easy standout on this album, kicks off with lively violin, guitar strumming, and steady beat, and then incorporates a powerful vocal performance by Louth. Other covers include heavy country versions of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (Darrell Scott), “Ramblin’ Man” (Hank Williams), and “Shady Grove” (traditional). “D.O.A.” has a roots rock feel to it, while the closer, “Fever Jane,” another easy standout, is a moody picker with darkly beautiful vocals.”

Check back for more details on this EP release.

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