The 69 Cats’ debut album Transylvanian Tapes have arrived at the Cleopatra Records offices, see below for some photos of the packaging. The release date is August 5th 2014, you can pre order yours today by clicking HERE.
You can now get the Heathen Apostles Bundle which includes a brand-new, autographed Heathen Apostles CD Boot Hill Hymnal. You will also receive a snazzy download card of their new 2014 3-song EP Without A Trace. Also included is this classic Heathen Apostles Pin & Velvet Logo Bag, these are brand new so you’ll be among the first to have one! Click HERE for more info.
The Heathen Apostles will be returning to Bar Sinister (at Boardner’s) in Hollywood, Ca. on Saturday August 9th. Also appearing is Jason Charles Miller (Godhead), show starts at 9, check Live dates for more info, or click HERE for the Facebook event link.
The Transylvanian Tapes pre-order has launched today, click HERE to get it on Amazon. Here is the press release and track order:
Transylvanian Tapes is the debut album from gothabilly supergroup featuring 69 Eyes vocalist Jyrki rockin out with Head Cat six-string slinger Danny B. Harvey, former Cramps bassist Chopper Franklin, and Blondie drummer Clem Burke!
Includes a guest appearance by the queen of rockabilly herself, Wanda Jackson on a stunning version of Elvis’ She s Not You, as well as other rock classics such as Del Shannon’s Runaway and Dwight Pullen’s Sunglasses After Dark plus Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead, Duran Duran’s Girls On Film and lots more!
Just announced, the Heathen Apostles return to Jonny Coffin‘s Club Tarantino at 3 Clubs in Hollywood on Thursday August 7th! Be sure and mark your calendar, these nights are always a toxic brew of sonic and visual madness!
Without A Trace
Ratched Blade Records, EP (Download)
4 of 5 stars
The mastermind of the Heathen Apostles is Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran, etc. ). They describe themselves and their music as ” … southern gothic imagery surrounded by haunting, minor-chord melodies, helmed by the voice of a evocative indigo child, unstuck in time … ” Unfortunately there are only three songs on the EP, but they are in a league of their own, Americana at it’s best. Whoever likes Bob Wayne, Hank III and friends, should get these songs.
Get DYNAMITE Magazine HERE (it’s in German).
A review of the 69 Cats’ April 21st appearance at the Viper Room in West Hollywood has been posted, it is written by Lizzie Rose and features photos by Lexa Vonn. You can read it in it’s entirety HERE.
The 69 Cats are a Los Angeles and Helsinki based Gothabilly band. The supergroup consists of Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes on vocals, Danny B. Harvey of Stray Cats and Head Cats on lead guitar, and Chopper Franklin of The Cramps on bass. Filling in on drums the night of their recent show was Todd T Burr. They returned to their Los Angeles home, The Viper Room for their very first full-set show. I had met and seen the trio onstage on their previous visit back in October 2013, when the band was just starting to fall into place, and I fell in love. Of course, I was not going to miss it this time, so I hopped on the first bus headed to Hollywood.
Why an 8-hour bus ride instead of a 1-hour flight? I’m a hopeless romantic in all aspects of life. Something about hopping on a bus for a show just excites me a little bit more. 8PM finally rolled around, so my friend and founder of The Plastics, Lexa Vonn and I headed on over to the venue. We got there just a few minutes before the boys hit the stage, so we headed backstage to say hello and only found the lead singer Jyrki 69 there preparing to go onstage. We let him do his thing and walked out after him to watch the show from the very beginning. The band got into their own covers of classics such as, Type O Negative’s “Black No.1,” True Blood’s version of “Bad Things,” The Doors’ “People Are Strange” and even a little dark rockabilly cover of Jyrki 69′s own song “Lost Boys.”
It was pretty amazing to listen to their covers. Even a little more interesting was listening to and watching Jyrki 69 sing and dance to Elvis’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” If you’re a longtime fan of The 69 Eyes like myself, you already know what I mean. The man’s voice is hauntingly similar to the King’s, only a tiny bit less sweet. And he’s definitely got moves like Elvis, so it caught me off guard for a moment; I could have sworn it was the King himself singing that song onstage. Finally, they closed the set with their own version of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” which drove the whole venue wild.
Afterwards, the band allowed fans to enter their backstage dressing room for pictures and autographs. It was a really sweet thing to watch, as not many artists allow such a thing. The after party was held at the Sunset Strip’s world famous Rainbow Bar and Grill. There, fans were able to have a few drinks and converse with the boys. Again, I found that to be really humbling and sweet of them as not many artists do those kinds of things. I personally didn’t really get to spend time with them this time around as I had previously done last time they were in town. I thought the rest of the world deserved to know how sweet these men actually are offstage. Overall, it was a great show and a great night.
You can keep up with the band on their various sites:
The Heathen Apostles have wrapped Before You Go, the debut video from the Without A Trace EP. Directing the video was Billy Clift, who has previously worked with the band on a promo video for their previous release, 2013′s Boot Hill Hymnal. The video should be ready for a Summer debut, here is a band shot from the set.
Be sure and get your tickets for the Heathen Apostles appearance on Sunday June 8th at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Ca. The band will on the Sin Alley Stage at 6 pm, immediately before the Pleasure Portal Burlesque show. Arrive at the stage early, the seating will go fast! Get your tickets HERE.
The Pleasure Portal Cabaret
The 69 Cats will be the feature live band on May 17th at the 4th annual Fangtasia Ball at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA. Also appearing is Clockwork Elvis, the Master of Ceremonies is Lord Chaz and also featured are burlesque performers Chatty the Mime, Remy Dee, Sadie D’Amour and Lena Turnover. See Live Dates for more info.