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New Heathen Apostles “Deathrider” Gris Grimly T-Shirt

In 2013 the Heathen Apostles collaborated with Victoria Vengeance and Gris Grimly on the music video for their song Dark Was The Night, and now they are proud to reveal their new Gris Grimly T-shirt, The Deathrider, designed by Gris himself! Inspired by the Heathen Apostles song Death Came a-Ridin’, it incorporates many of their favorite things: snakes, the Grim Reaper, bronc riding, steer skulls…. and more snakes! 

Available in both Men’s and Ladies styles, click HERE to see this amazing T-Shirt. 

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Heathen Apostles – Filming New Southern Gothic Swamp Video

The Heathen Apostles have been busy on all fronts these days, they’ve been especially busy working on their new Southern Gothic swamp video for Deadly Nightshade, here is a post from lead vocalist Mather Louth on Instagram about what’s been cookin’:

“We’ve been cooped up in the Devil’s Doghouse even more than usual lately, recording our new full length album (more on that soon 🤘🏻), collaborating on a new merch design, and prepping for our European summer tour. We also have been shooting our latest video for “Deadly Nightshade” with the mad genius @lordbinah – lots on our plates, but that means lots to come for y’all! In the meantime, here are a few great #bts shots of ‘Deadly Nightshade’ by @lfmora ”

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Gothic Americana Website Launched By Ratchet Blade Media

Chopper Franklin’s company Ratchet Blade Media has launched a new Gothic Americana website that is dedicated to the genre. GothicAmericana.com is a collective that will feature the best in Gothic Americana music, art, film, literature and much more. The music end will lean heavily on the darkest country, blues, bluegrass, jazz and Cajun bands, as well as soundtracks and musicals. Film and literature will sway towards modern releases, as well as historical works, and there will be artwork from the many different forms in the style. To visit the site, click HERE.

Ratchet Blade Media sprung out of Ratchet Blade Records, itself a force in the Dark Roots genre, and has previously launched GothicWestern.com, SouthernGothicBible.com and CowboyToCowboy.com.

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Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club. Painting by Rob Jones.


Heathen Apostles “Paradise Lost” Fire-Aid Song in Malibu Times

The Malibu Times has printed a piece helping to spread awareness about the release of the Heathen Apostles upcoming charity single “Paradise Lost” – all proceeds will go directly to the victims of last year’s California wildfires. The single will be released on Friday March 1st by Regime Media Group, check back for purchase and donate links. You can see the blurb in the Times by clicking HERE.

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Heathen Apostles Added to Murderfolk Playlist

The Heathen Apostles have had three songs added to the Murderfolk playlist, it includes Amigo the Devil, Murder By Death and Shawn James (who the Heathens will opening for at the Anaheim HOB on March 24th, click HERE for tickets). Check it out, if this doesn’t give you an itchy trigger finger nothing will!

 

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Folk N Rock Has Named Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP Best of 2018

Folk N Rock has named Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP Best of 2018. Folk N Rock’s coverage includes Folk, Hard Rock, Roots, Punk, Metal, and more, with a special focus on artist that infuses various styles. Some of those include Celtic Punk, Folk Metal, Folk Rock, Symphonic, Medieval, and an endless list of other combinations. Here is the announcement on folknrock.com:

Best EP: Heathen Apostles – The Fall

Folk N Rock has named Heathen Apostles' "The Fall" EP Best of 2018We’ve heard a lot of EP’s in 2018, but the one that really made us do a double take, followed up with an endless amount of takes, was the EP from Gothic Americana band Heathen Apostles, in the release “The Fall.” The dark and haunting tones sets a mood that suits the lyrics and while s display an inner sense of melancholia, it is far from being sad and depressive music. It’s a release that you need to check out, and if you’re not already familiar with their band, you’ll also want to be taking a look at their entire discography.

You can preview and purchase The Fall EP HERE, and you can see this and the rest of the Best of 2018 on Folk N Rock by clicking HERE.


69 Cats Jyrki 69 On Chopper’s Influence For Book

69 Cats Jyrki 69 On Chopper's Influence For BookThe 69 Cats Jyrki 69 recently did an interview with Eric Blair of the Blairing Out Show and spoke about Chopper’s influence on his Rock n Roll Juicing Book and his vegan habits. The comments start at 10:00.

 


Heathen Apostles 2019 Tour of Europe

The European tour went so well that the offers are starting to come in for the Heathen Apostles 2019 Tour of Europe this coming Summer, contact Kurt De Bont at Rootstown Bookings for more info, or send him a lead to a venue in your town! Click HERE to contact him.

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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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