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Heathen Apostles – New Western Gothic Album Out Today

Western Gothic

Gothic Americana is a genre that is fast taking hold around the world, in that it combines the sub-genres of Western Gothic, dark blues and depression-era jazz. The Heathen Apostles were amongst the first to inject all three into their incendiary music.

Their fifth album Dust To Dust opens with the aptly named (and surprisingly danceable) incendiary stomper Burn It To The Ground, and doesn’t let up from there. The Heathens keep one foot firmly planted in driving heavy gothic numbers with Home Sweet Holmes (a recount of America’s first serial killer) and One True Belief (featuring eerie Middle Eastern-esque flourishes). Western GothicWith Dust To Dust, the band continues to explore the boundaries of Gothic Americana: the jangly Bad Seeds-esque Two For The Road, a spooky Southern Gothic dirge reinvention of the classic In the Pines, and the lamentful Paradise Lost (written for the victims of last year’s wildfires.) And since no future classic would be complete without an anthem, the Heathens offer up the soaring spaghetti western Rise. As an added bonus, the album concludes with the entire The Fall EP, which was selected by Folk N’ Rock Magazine as the EP of the Year for 2018. You can check out the album HERE.

Western Gothic“I truly dove in head-first on this album, building complex and layered vocal harmonies as a complement to the musical arrangements. Just as the best movies inspire multiple viewings, I sought to create melodies that invite the listener back to hear more and more of the song unfold. With Dust To Dust, we dug the grave a little deeper sonically, but we think you’ll enjoy falling in.” Mather Louth, vocalist.

Western Gothic“After our last album, the decidedly rootsy Bloodgrass Vol. I & II, we chose this album to showcase all of our influences; gothic rock, bluegrass, dark country, cowpunk… and much more.” Chopper Franklin, guitarist and producer.


Pre-Sale Launches For Heathen Apostles’ Western Goth Album “Dust To Dust”

The pre-sale has launched for the new Heathen Apostles album Dust To Dust, out online on June 7th (and in stores worldwide on July 12th). The album is a great blend of their Western Goth music, combining the gothic club stomper Burn It To The Ground alongside the spaghetti western scorcher Rise and the poignant Paradise Lost (released earlier this year to benefit the California wildfire victims). 

The pre-sales are a copy of the CD, a Heathen Apostles Logo T Shirt and a large Deathrider sticker for $15, and a CD and Deathrider sticker for $10. Both packages will ship as soon as the CDs arrive from the factory, and the T Shirt bundle will end as the shirt sizes run out. So check it out now, you can visit the band’s webstore by clicking HERE.

Western Goth Album "Dust To Dust"


Heathen Apostles Paradise Lost Benefit Song For The Victims Of California Wildfires

Heathen Apostles Paradise Lost Benefit SongHeathen Apostles Paradise Lost Benefit Song For The Victims Of California Wildfires With Regime Music Group (Buy Links at Bottom)

Los Angeles based Gothic Americana outfit Heathen Apostles have released their new single Paradise Lost in conjunction with Regime Music Group across all digital platforms. All proceeds from the song will be donated to programs that support the victims of the California wildfires, including rebuilding efforts and animal rescue efforts. The members of Heathen Apostles and some of the staff members from Regime Music Group were directly affected by the deadly wildfires that spread through Malibu and surrounding areas where thousands of people lost property, businesses and nearly two million acres of land burned. 

“Paradise Lost is a requiem to those that lost in the fire and also to those that were lost in the fire. Seeing the utter devastation in Paradise and the simultaneous Woolsey fire on television back in November struck a deep nerve within me, and instantaneously, I found myself crying. It was a very primal emotion, that of a crushing sense of loss, and it was overwhelming,” said Heathen Apostles lead vocalist Mather Louth.

She continues, “I had the images of the destruction burned into my dreams night after night, and it was from the combination of those nightmares and countless conversations with friends and colleagues whose lives were forever changed by the fires that the song was written.”

Speaking about the label partnership with Regime Music Group for the release of the song,  Louth said, “We are incredibly humbled and grateful to have Kevin Zinger and his amazing team at Regime Management selflessly partner with us in our efforts. We are all working to make this release a success for the sake of the victims, and we hope that Paradise Lost will offer them a safe place to grieve for their losses while offering support and strength in the face of extreme adversity.”

Since their formation in 2013, the Heathen Apostles have branded the hide of alternative roots music forever with their incendiary bloodgrass music, releasing four full-length albums and a string of gothic western music videos (three of their most popular videos- “Death’s Head”, “The Reckoning”, and “Dark Was The Night”, have garnered 17K, 16K and 15K views respectively.) The latest Heathen release, “The Fall”, was just named EP of the Year by Folk N Rock. In 2018, the Heathens completed a successful tour of Northern Europe- including an explosive appearance at the world’s largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air- proving that their unique music cannot be pigeonholed. The Heathen Apostles have already confirmed over a dozen dates in Europe throughout June and July of 2019 and will be touring in support of their forthcoming fifth studio album.

Buy links:
iTunes click HERE
Amazon mp3 click HERE
Spotify click HERE


Heathen Apostles on Death Roots Syndicate Compilation

Heathen Apostles on Death Roots Syndicate CompilationThe Heathen Apostles song “Death Came a-Ridin'” is on tenth installment of the Death Roots Syndicate compilation that has been released today. Death Roots Syndicate is a Free Digital Download label specializing in the promotion of Underground Music including but not limited to Country, Folk, Blues, Rock, Punk and Roots Music. The compilation contains 36 songs and the artists also include James Hunnicutt, SS Web and Bobby Dickson. 
Download / Stream…
Bandcamp:
https://deathrootssyndicate.bandcamp.com
Internet Archive:
http://archive.org/details/deathrootssyndicate
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DeathRootsSyndicate


Heathen Apostles’ “Paradise Lost” Single to Benefit California Wildfire Relief

This coming February, the Heathen Apostles will be releasing a new single called “Paradise Lost” that will benefit California Wildfire relief efforts. We are working with Kevin Zinger of Regime Music Group and the release dates is March 1st, and in light of the Trump Administration’s recent threat to withhold FEMA funds from the disaster-stricken areas of California, Texas and Puerto Rico (as well as other areas of the country), we want to do what we can to help the many volunteers who are striving to get life for those effected back to normal.

Check back for more info, in the meantime help spread the word about what is going on.

“Paradise Lost” cover photo by Dina Douglass.

benefit California Wildfire relief


Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” Out Now

Heathen Apostles - Gothic Americana EPHappy Halloween, the new Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” is out today, it would be a great addition to your Halloween playlist. To preview and purchase, click HERE.

Here’s the press release from Ratchet Blade Records:

With the new Heathen Apostles’ EP The Fall (Ratchet Blade Records) the band finds themselves once again returning to the darker realms of Gothic Americana. While touring Europe in support of their last album Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2 (a decidedly more rootsy collection of songs), the Heathens found inspiration standing in the shadows of centuries-old castles, and listening to the stories of historical characters immortalized in the murder ballads they have always loved. Out of this experience came the epic string orchestrations of Through the Forest, Through the Trees, the alluring poetry of The Fall and thoughts of love in the afterlife in Out of the Ground.

“With regards to Through the Forest, Through the Trees,” says lead vocalist Mather Louth, “I penned the tale of a scorned lover in the spirit of the traditional Scottish and English Child ballads. It was particularly enjoyable and exciting for me to enhance the song’s gorgeously haunting orchestration with layers of a sort of timeless chamber-styled vocal I hadn’t yet explored within the band. I can say with full confidence that Through the Forest, Through the Trees is one of my absolute favorite Heathen tales to date.”

“While we may feel our music heading in one extreme direction or another while we are recording it, it always seems to end up sounding like a Heathen Apostles song. The Fall EP definitely has its Gothic tendencies, but it belongs right beside any of our bluegrass or gypsy jazz-tinged songs,” states guitarist and producer Chopper Franklin.

If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be the Los Angeles-based dark roots and gothic country band Heathen Apostles, whose participating artists include ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin), Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux), and Christian Death (Stevyn Grey) in its ranks. That is one hell of a lineup. – James G. Carlson, No Depression Magazine


Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP $1 Pre Sale Has Launched

Ratchet Blade Records has launched the $1 Pre Sale for the Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall”, the new 3 song EP that will be released on Halloween. Upon purchasing the Pre Sale you will receive an immediate download of the Gothic epic Through the Forest, Through the Trees, and you’ll receive the entire EP on Halloween day. The EP was produced by Chopper Franklin and features cover art by Ana Sanchez. Click HERE to preview and order.

Heathen Apostles' "The Fall"


Cover Art For Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP Revealed

The cover art for the upcoming Heathen Apostles’ “The Fall” EP has been revealed, it features a painting by fine artist Ana Sanchez. The three song “The Fall” EP will be released on Halloween day on Ratchet Blade Records, and the band is playing a release show at the Redwood Bar (in downtown Los Angeles) on Friday November 2nd. Check back for listening links and purchase info.

Heathen Apostles "The Fall" EP


New Heathen Apostles EP “The Fall” Out Halloween

The new Heathen Apostles EP “The Fall” will be released Wednesday, October 31st on Ratchet Blade Records. The band states this release will lean more toward the Gothic side, as a compliment to the more rootsy Bloodgrass Vol. I & II Lp the band put out this Summer. The EP will feature cover art by the band’s good friend Ana Sanchez, and the music will be again produced by guitarist Chopper Franklin. Check back for more info, including an impending video shoot for the release.

Heathen Apostles EP "The Fall"


Heathen Apostles Signed LPs and CDs Still Available

Heathen Apostles signed LPs and CDs are still available! There are some autographed copies of the new Heathen Apostles album Bloodgrass Vol. I & II left from the Pre Sale, this is your chance to grab the first Heathen release on vinyl! The signed copies won’t be available on tour or at any live shows (but you can ask the band to sign yours), so come and get them while they’re hot! Click HERE to check them out and order.

Heathen Apostles Signed LPs

Heathen Apostles Signed LPs


Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol 2 EP Out Today

Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol 2 The new Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol 2 EP is out today, it was produced by Chopper Franklin for Ratchet Blade Records and is the sequel to last year’s Bloodgrass Vol. 1. You can preview and order the EP at the band’s webstore HERE

Paint the Stars is the first music video from BGV2 and can be viewed HERE.


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.

 


Heathen Apostles’ “Bloodgrass Vol. I” Out Now

   The Heathen Apostles are proud to announce the release of Bloodgrass Vol. I, their new 5 song EP, produced by Chopper Franklin and on Ratchet Blade Records. The band plans on making the Bloodgrass EPs a reoccurring series, situated between their regular full length album releases. 
   Indeed, the EP includes their darkened take of Doc Watson’s bluegrass version of the Gershwin classic Summertime, as well as a moving reading of Darrell Scott’s gut-wrenching You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive. Add these to the three Gothic Americana originals: Death Came a Ridin’ (revisiting the dangerous territory of prior favorites The Reckoning and Death’s Head), Dark Days (country-tinged gypsy jazz) and Lady in Gold (a haunting melody sung over driving bluegrass instrumentation).

Click HERE to listen and purchase.

Bloodgrass Vol. I


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 Gothic Country Tinged “Bloodgrass Vol. I” EP Cover Art

The new Heathen Apostles “Bloodgrass Vol. I” EP cover will feature an insane drawing of Mather Louth by Stephanie Inagaki. The Gothic Country EP will be released 12/15/17 on Ratchet Blade Records and will include heathenish takes on the classics “Summertime” and “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”, as well as 3 gothic roots originals, and will be produced by Chopper Franklin. 

"Bloodgrass Vol. I" - Gothic Country by the Heathen Apostles


Heathen Apostles’ “Bloodgrass Vol. 1” Coming In November

Bloodgrass Vol. 1, the new Heathen Apostles EP, is due out this November on Ratchet Blade Records. It will feature their dark take on the classic songs Summertime and You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive, as well as three new songs, all produced by once again Chopper Franklin. They will also be shooting music videos for the record, check back HERE for the release date of both the EP and music videos.

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Heathen Apostles Record “Never Leave Harlan Alive” For Upcoming “Bloodgrass” Release

Heathen Apostles logoFrom the Heathen Apostles Facebook page:

“‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’  from our upcoming @ratchetbladerecords release, “Bloodgrass”. Mather and Chopper of the Heathen Apostles recorded Darrell Scott’s classic tale of Appalachia in recognition of those folks who are dealing with extreme poverty, a brutal opioid crisis (their #1 cause of accidental death), along with a vanishing coal industry. It’s going to take alot more than lip service to make America great again.”

 


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.

Berlin Brats album cover 


Heathen Apostles’ “Strange Flowers” Preview & Buy Links

The links to preview and buy the new Heathen Apostles’ protest song Strange Flowers are below, be sure and get behind the rebellion by supporting this song and its music video.

Bandcamp (& get the remix and a cover of Echo & the Bunnymen’s Killing Moon for free) click HERE
iTunes click HERE
Amazon click HERE
YouTube click HERE

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Heathen Apostles’ “Strange Flowers” Single & Video Debuts Today

The new Heathen Apostles’ single Strange Flowers is available today, along with the music  video for the song. If you buy through the band’s digital webstore you will  receive and free copy of the Strange Flowers remix (by Almighty Watching) and a bonus track of the Heathen’s Apostles’ cover of Echo and the Bunnymen’s The Killing Moon. You preview the songs by clicking HERE, and be sure watch and comment on the video too!

 


Heathen Apostles “Strange Flowers” Single and Video Out This Friday

The new Heathen Apostles’ Strange Flowers single and video are due out this Friday May 12th, the final video has been edited and uploaded to various video sites. Check back for purchase and viewing links.

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Heathen Apostles’ “Strange Flowers” Cover Art Revealed

The cover art for the new Heathen Apostles single Strange Flowers has been released, the single and video will be out on Friday May 12th on Ratchet Blade Records. Visit www.heathenapostles.com for more info, video BTS photos and release links.

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New Doghouse Lords Single “44 Gun”

Ratchet Blade Records has released 44 Gun, the new single by the Doghouse Lords (Javier Matos, Chopper Franklin, John Bazz and Bill Bateman). 44 Gun was recorded live at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco, Ca. and produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin. Click HERE to preview and order.

44 Gun cover art


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.