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New Heathen Apostles Merchandise in Store

New Heathen Apostles merchandise has arrived in their online store, namely a new “The Heathen” Tarot T-shirt design and a Vince Ray 22″ x 22″ bandana, as well as a few other items. Both items will be available at shows on their upcoming European tour, or you can grab them HERE.

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Bloodgrass Vol. II Cover Art and Release Date

The Heathen Apostles are proud to release the cover art to the upcoming Bloodgrass Vol. II EP, the follow up to 2017’s Bloodgrass Vol. I. It will be released on May 25th on Ratchet Blade Records, and again will be produced by Chopper Franklin. The artwork will feature drawings by the multi-talented Stephanie Inagaki, Stephanie did the Appariton II drawing of Mather that graced the Vol. I cover, you can see more of her awesome work at her Miyu Decay website HERE. Also check back for more info and BTS photos of the upcoming Paint the Stars music video shoot.

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Jorge Jaramillo to Direct Heathen Apostles’ Video

The Heathen Apostles are collaborating with Colombian filmmaker Jorge Jaramillo on the music video for the upcoming single “Paint the Stars”. Jorge has long been on the cutting edge of film production and stereoscopic animation, and is a good friend of the band. You can see some of his work HERE.

“Paint the Stars” is  the first offering the upcoming Bloodgrass Vol. II EP, due for release in May 2018 on Ratchet Blade Records. Check back for the EP’s release date and more info on the “Paint the Stars” video shoot and release.

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Jorge Jaramillo painting by Ana Sanchez


Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol. II Recording Under Way

Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol. IIRecording has begun on the Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol. II, the follow up EP to Bloodgrass Vol. I, which was released in December of 2017 on Ratchet Blade Records. The five song EP will contain the Heathen Apostles’ unique blend of American roots music (bluegrass, country and blues) and dark, gothic tendencies. The band’s Chopper Franklin will again be producing the album, and filming of the music video for the lead single Deadly Nightshade (the song appearing in the video snippet below) will begin shortly. Check back for the release date and more info.

 


Gothic Americana Promo Video for GothicWestern.com Debuts

GothicWestern.com - Gothic AmericanaThe promo video for the new Gothic Americana website GothicWestern.com has debuted. The site features all Gothic Western and is the latest venture of Chopper’s Ratchet Blade Media, watch the video below, then to check out the website click HERE

 


Ratchet Blade Media Launches Gothic Western Website

Chopper Franklin’s Ratchet Blade Media has launched the new Gothic Western website GothicWestern.com. It will contain everything Gothic Western: music, literature, film & TV, art and fashion, and will focus on both current news, releases and events as well as classic releases and publications. Go on over and visit this unique site, and feel free to contact the administrators will any feedback and news tips you may have. Click HERE to visit.

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Heathen Apostles ‘Summertime’ Debuts Today

Heathen Apostles 'Summertime'The Heathen Apostles ‘Summertime’ has debuted , it’s the first song from their upcoming Bloodgrass Vol. I EP, out Friday December 15th on Ratchet Blade Records. The Gershwin classic was produced by Chopper Franklin, and the band has begun shooting the first music video for the EP, for the song Dark Days. Check back for more news and links.

 


Heathen Apostles European Tour 2018

The Heathen Apostles European tour for Summer 2018 is now being booked, the band is working with Kurt De Bont of Rootstown Bookings in Belgium. Dates are filling up fast, to book the band contact Kurt HERE.

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Chopper Remasters Classic Berlin Brats Album

Ratchet Blade Records has released the newly remastered version of the Berlin Brats’ Believe It Or Rot: 1973-1976, remastered by Chopper Franklin. It the first (and only) album of the band, which had been christened in the 1970’s as Los Angeles’ answer to the Rolling Stones and New York Dolls. It is also the first band of the Mau Maus’ Rick Wilder, the arrival of punk rock having caused the band’s break up. Click HERE to preview and order.

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Mather Louth and Phantom of the Black Hills Collaboration

The Heathen Apostles’ Mather Louth is singing on the new Phantom of the Black Hills album Scalped, out soon on Ratchet Blade Records. She sings on Wild Witch of the West, the first single from the record and will also appear in the music video. Chopper Franklin is producing, check back for more details, including the August 2017 release date.

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Pre-Production Begins For Heathen Apostles’ “Strange Flowers” Video

Pre-production has begun for the new video for the upcoming Heathen Apostles single Strange Flowers, on Ratchet Blade Records. The video will be directed by the band and will be shot over two weeks in April, check back for a release date for both the video and single.

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Heathen Apostles in Clutch Magazine Spread

The Heathen Apostles appearance at the 2nd Hand Revival was featured in the Japanese lifestyle magazine Clutch Japan. The 2nd Hand Revival is held annually at Runabout Clothing in Eagle Rock, Ca. 

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Doghouse Lords in “Cry Now” – Movie Premiere 2/22/17

Chopper’s rockin’ blues band the Doghouse Lords are featured in the film Cry Now, which will having it’s premiere at Laemelle’s NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, Ca. on February 22nd at 7:30pm. The Doghouse Lords (Javier Matos, Chopper Franklin, John Bazz and Bill Bateman) play .44 Gun and Voodoo Lucy in the club scene. Click HERE for ticket info.

 


Chopper Sits in With The Blue Shadows

Chopper Franklin sat in with the Blue Shadows (Javier Matos, John Bazz and Bill Bateman) at their record release show at Viva Cantina Saturday (effectively making it the Doghouse Lords for three songs). They played .44 Gun, Georgia Chain Gang and HUD, watch a fan video of Georgia Chain Gang below.


The Passing of “Misery & Gin” Video Star Luz

Luz, who was of the actors in the Heathen Apostles’ Misery & Gin music video, passed away on November 18th. Here are comments from Mather and Chopper:

Mather: Completely in shock…rest in peace, talented and gentle soul. I will never forget how much you said you loved our version of Misery and Gin, and how it made you cry….I am crying for you now. Thank you for giving us your artistry- this video will seek to offer you a small sense of immortality.

Chopper: Just lost a good friend, Luz starred in the last Heathen Apostles video and nailed two parts like they were nothing. Good bye my man… 


Video Shoot For Heathen Apostles “Albatross” Single

The video shoot for the promo video for the upcoming Heathen Apostles single Albatross is under way, it is being shot in sea caves up the California coast and also features underwater video shot in Hollywood, Ca. The Albatross single will be out on Friday December 9th on Ratchet Blade Records.

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Heathen Apostles’ “Requiem For A Remix” In Stores Today

Today is the day for the brick and mortar release of the Heathen Apostles’ remix album Requiem For A Remix, featuring remixes by Chopper Franklin, Almighty Watching and the Phantom of the Black Hills. The band is in pre-production for a music video for their cover of Echo and the Bunnymen’s The Killing Moon, which is included as a bonus track on the album. Check back for more details, you can listen to Requiem For A Remix HERE.

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Heathen Apostles’ “Requiem For A Remix” Release Weekend

The release weekend for the new Heathen Apostles remix album Requiem For A Remix went insanely well as was hoped. Thursday saw the release of the Requiem promo video (watch it HERE), Friday evening included an appearance on 88.9 KXLU’s Stella Stray Pop show followed by a visit to DJ Meikee Magnetic at The Happy Haus night. The weekend capped off with the Heathens playing Bar Sinister in Hollywood, thanks to all that tuned in, rocked out and have been supporting the Heathen Apostles throughout the years. You can preview and purchase Requiem For A Remix HERE.

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Heathen Apostles at Bar Sinister by Kim Arbolante

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Chopper Featured In New Coffee Table Book

Chopper is featured in the new juicing book by Jyrki 69 (the book is in Finnish!), here’s the original post on the 69 Cats website:

Jyrki 69 on his new coffee table book, available December 18th worldwide:

“HERE IT IS! THE STORY OF THE 69 CATS AND HOW I LEARNED TO SURVIVE IN THE NIGHT WITH CHOPPER & DANNY – by starting to make veggie juices! This is the coolest coffee table book you’ll need this year – features cool photos of The 69 Cats as well as their favorite juicing recipes. Photography by Ville Juurikkala. Order it a signed copy from the link below!”
“Here we come baby and you’d better run
We’re the green fuz”,
Jyrki

You can order a signed copy of the book by clicking HERE.

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Vince Ray Heathen Apostles T Shirt Design Is In

The brand new Vince Ray Heathen Apostles T Shirt is available now, get this great design of a snake-haired Mather surrounded by the skull-headed band before they run out! You also get a free download, check it out HERE.

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Heathen Apostles Duo – Video Page

Mather and Chopper will be playing some special shows as a duo this Fall, and they shot some videos to help promote them. Check them out HERE and if you are interested in booking them email info@heathenapostles.com.

Heathen Apostles Duo – Without A Trace from Heathen Apostles on Vimeo.


69 Cats Finnish Shows A Wrap

The 69 Cats just wrapped up their first tour of Finland and the shows all went great, thanks to all that came out. Drummer Nicky Turner (orig, Lords of the New Church) played his first shows in 28 years and said he didn’t want them to end. The band will be back in Europe soon, check back for more details.

photo by Ville Juurikkala

photo by Ville Juurikkala


Photos From The 69 Cats European Tour

Photos from the 69 Cats European tour are starting to come in, reports are that each venue has been packed with 69 Cats fanatics. There are only 2 shows left, tonight in Munich at Backstage and Saturday night in Dornbirn at Speilboden, be sure and check them out if you are in the area!

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Henrik From The Horrorpops Drumming on 69 Cats’ Tour

Henrik Stendahl (on right) will play drums with The 69 Cats’ on their european tour in May. He has been playing with the Horrorpops since their inception in 1998.

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