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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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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.

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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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Photos From Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video

Here are some production stills from the upcoming Heathen Apostles music video “Death’s Head”, shot on location by Lawrence Drayton. Both the single and the video will be released on Friday the 13th of February on Ratchet Blade Records.

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Editing Has Begun on Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video

The Heathen Apostles have begun editing the music video for the upcoming Death’s Head video. Here’s a peak at the process, the single and video will be released on Friday the 13th of February on Ratchet Blade Records.

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Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video Sneak Peek

A photo has been posted on the Heathen Apostles’ Instagram page with a sneak peek of the headdress from the upcoming Death’s Head video. The band will be shooting on location with Larry Drayton (aka Raven’s Laughter) and they are shooting for a February 2015 release. You can visit the band’s Instagram page by clicking HERE.

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The 69 Cats at SXSW 2015

The 69 Cats have once again been invited to play at South By Southwest in Austin, TX during the week of March 17th – 22nd, 2015, and they are looking into playing shows in the Southwest around that time. The final SXSW dates have not yet been announced, check back for more info.

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The Heathen Halloween is a Wrap!

The Heathen Apostles Halloween shows went insanely well, thanks to the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Harvard & Stone w/ DJ Short Shorts, Jonny Coffin & Mosh and John at St. Felix and Dave at Cafe NELA. The band will be taking time off to record their new single Death’s Head, and they’ll be shooting a video for it’s release. Check back for further details.

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Chopper Recommends Quilter Amps

Chopper recently picked up a Quilter Aviator Ultralight Eight from Hollywood Guitars in Los Angeles, Ca.  Hollywood Guitars will not only match any advertised price for Quilter Amps, they will meet and beat any advertised price for whatever they have in stock. You can order online and receive 10% off your order by clicking HERE, visit their store at 931 E 11th St. Los Angeles CA 90021, or call Allan at 800-700-4542 for products and pricing.

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