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“Death’s Head” Video – Still a Gothic Outlaw Favorite

Heathen Apostles - Gothic Outlaw FavoriteToday is the 7 year anniversary of the Heathen ApostlesDeath’s Head video, the first from their second album Fire to the Fuse. The cast and crew wasn’t quite as large as their previous video (2014’s Dark Was The Night), but everyone did a great job, it’s definitely everyone’s gothic outlaw favorite. Here are the credits from the video’s original posting:

“Death’s Head” is the new single by the Heathen Apostles, Mather Louth (Radio Noir), Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), Thomas Lorioux (Kings of Nuthin), Stevyn Grey (Christian Death) and Luis Mascaro, w/ Timbo Gruse (Speedbuggy). Support the band and their art by purchasing the single at iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dea… or at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Head-Hea… You can visit their website here: http://heathenapostles.com

Directed by The Heathen Apostles and Lawrence Drayton.
Director of Photography, Still Photography: Lawrence Drayton (Raven’s Laughter)

Makeup: Alexia Petre
Wardrobe: Cheri Wilson Chagollan, Mather Louth
Snake Handler: Peggy Rivera 

Death’s Head written by Louth/Franklin
Produced, mixed & mastered by Chopper Franklin at the Devil’s Doghouse, Echo Park, Ca.
© 2015 Ratchet Blade Records

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Eight Year Anniversary of Western Gothic Video “Dark Was The Night”

Heathen Apostles - western goth videoEight years ago today the Heathen Apostles came out with the western gothic video Dark Was The Night, the second one from their debut album “Boot Hill Hymnal” on Ratchet Blade Records. The band had a lot of help with this one, here is the original listing and a partial list of credits:

‘Dark Was The Night’ is the second western goth video from the Heathen Apostles debut album ‘Boot Hill Hymnal’ on Ratchet Blade Records. The Heathen Apostles are Mather Louth (Radio Noir), Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Mau Maus), Thomas Lorioux (King of Nuthin’),
and Luis Mascaro.

Heathen Apostles – Dark Was The Night from Heathen Apostles on Vimeo.

Get Boot Hill Hymnal now from the Heathen Apostles store and iTunes: http://tiny.cc/boothillhymnal
Director: Victoria Vengeance
Editor: Laura Creecy
Director of Photography: Brian Davis
Second Unit Camera: Jim Kunz
Makeup: Shanna Cistulli, Jennifer Corona, Alta DeKoven, Denise Hart Larsen, Austin Mark
Special FX Body Paint: Lisa Berczel
Hair: Danielle June, Corinne Renee, Lia Lavaggi, Michelle Pena
Costuming: Cheri Wilson Chagollan, Joany Hernandez, Christy Kane, Mather Louth, Jenn Odd, Heathen Apostles
Props: Huy Vu
Location: Star Ranch, Corona, CA
Cast: David Backhaus, Kelly DeVoto, D.W. Frydendall, Timbo Gruse, Nickie Jean, Mike Odd, Georges-Robert, Frankie Sin, Jamie Watkins

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More Heathen Apostles in Western Goth Animated Series

Heathen Apostles - Western Goth animated SeriesThe Heathen Apostles have contributed the theme song to The Goodbye Family, the first Western Goth animated series, and guitarist Chopper Franklin has contributed to the score. Now, in the two episodes posted below (“The Skeleton Key” episodes 4 & 5), they have also contributed a new song, Get Outta Dodge (in episode 4) and voice over characters (episode 5). Mather Louth plays the character Emma Blu, and Franklin the bartender Hibiscus. Here is the info on the episodes from the production notes:

While Orphie’s parents are hawking their funeral wares, Orphie, a self appointed sheriff, notices an inmate that has broken out of jail. Ouiji, her cat and deputy, was supposed to be watching the prisoner, but instead follows her owner for treats. Meanwhile, an odd fellow named Souq, who only seems to say “Howdy,” is lurking nearby.

Heathen Apostles - Western Goth Series

Lorin Morgan-Richards new Gothic Western/Weird West TV show The Goodbye Family: The Animated Series with undertakers Pyridine Goodbye, matriarch and mortician, Otis, father and hearse driver, their daughter Orphie, both a gravedigger and Sheriff, along with their pets: Ouiji the cat, Dorian the tarantula, Lassy the Lasso snake, and horse Midnight.

Music by Heathen Apostles

Want to see more of The Goodbye Family? Check out our playlist here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn…

Visit ‘The Goodbye Family’ at the following:

Official Page ➤ https://www.lorinrichards.com
Facebook ➤ https://www.facebook.com/lorinmorganr…
Instagram ➤ https://www.instagram.com/lorin_morga…
Twitter ➤ https://twitter.com/LMorganRichards
Goodreads ➤ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…
TikTok ➤ https://www.tiktok.com/@thegoodbyefam…
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Tapas ➤ https://tapas.io/series/The-Goodbye-F…

Southern Gothic Ball – Heathen Apostles 2021 European Tour Photos

Photos are starting to come in from the Heathen Apostles’ September 2021 European tour, they had a real Southern Gothic ball. More will post soon, and they will be heading back in May and June of 2022 and are really looking forward to it. Any booking inquiries should be directed to Kurt DeBont at Rootstown, click HERE for more info,

CLICK HERE TO SEE HEATHEN APOSTLES 2021 EUROPEAN PHOTO GALLERY

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HEATHEN APOSTLES 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
02/09/2021 Thursday – Kulturrampe, Krefeld, Germany
03/09/2021 Friday – Alter Open Air Stage, Mannheim, Germany
04/09/2021 Saturday – Ballonfabrik, Augsburg, Germany
05/09/2021 Sunday – Private Show, France
06/09/2021 Monday – l’Usine Switzerland Genève
07/09/2021 Tuesday – Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
08/09/2021 Wednesday – Brasserie de Framont, Grandfontaine, France
09/09/2021 Thursday – Willemeen, Arnhem, The Netherlands
10/09/2021 Friday – La Bonne Idée, Vresse-sur-Semois, Belgium
11/09/2021 Saturday – CC Muze, Zolder, Belgium
12/09/2021 Sunday – The Grand Canyon, Nazareth, Belgium
13/09/2021 Monday – Titanic, Herenthout, Belgium
14/09/2021 Tuesday – Far-West Bar, Liege, Belgium
15/09/2021 Wednesday – The Shakespeare Pub, Herdecke, Germany
16/09/2021 Thursday – Indra Club 64, Hamburg, Germany
17/09/2021 Friday – Wild At Heart, Berlin, Germany
18/09/2021 Saturday – Sonic Ballroom, Köln, Germany
19/09/2021 Sunday – BUSKERfestival, Aarschot, Belgium

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The Southern Gothic Ball will resume in Europe in May and June of 2022, check back for dates.

London Celtic Punks Reviews Gothic Country Band Heathen Apostles

The Los Angeles-based dark roots & gothic country band Heathen Apostles release their third volume collection of songs at once as timely as they are timeless.

Gothic Country Band

Imagine bands doing to Country / Bluegrass music what the bands we all love doing to Celtic music? Add on a bit of Goth and you’ve got the Heathen Apostles. An LA based band featuring ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin) and Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux) in its ranks, they have been on these pages before but not for an in-depth review. Mather, of course, was recently on these pages as co-vocalist on the new album from fellow ‘Doom-billy’ merchants The Phantom Of The Black Hills, an album that still holds the #1 spot in my heart of all 2021 releases. Though she had recorded with the Phantom before this time, her input was a lot more than just a great voice with her assisting with writing and lyrics.

dark roots & gothic country

Sadly, this review is going to be published after their tour of mainland Europe comes to an end, so any new fans who may have had the chance will have missed them. Their tour of Europe was cancelled twice before as the music industry ground to a stop because of the Covid pandemic, but it did mean the Heathen Apostles were gifted time. Time that they were not expecting due to their busy schedules and while some bands were happy to rest upon their laurels, they channeled the turbulent year’s events and its complex emotions into their music. It was only last month that they released a 3-track EP as featured in Lorin Morgan-Richards Western animated series The Goodbye Family, about a fictional family of undertakers based on a comic book. The show is available on You Tube and features the Heathens music throughout.

dark roots & gothic country The third volume of Bloodgrass follows on from one and two released in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and Bloodgrass #3 is a worthy follow up to the two previous volumes, both available on the bands Bandcamp (click HERE).

So Volume three arrives and begins with ‘Bad Patch’ and continues their dark interpretation of Bluegrass, Country and Blues. Fiddle, banjo and mandolin accompany Mather’s beautiful voice as she sings of the tragedy of the 1930’s Dust Bowl, a series of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology of mid-west American prairies during the 1930’s. Besides the great lyrics the song is musically a bit more ‘radio friendly’ Heathen Apostles, while ‘Careful What You Pray For’ is more of the dark Gothic Americana they are known for. The song tells of the danger of religious dogma and cements Mather as having one of the best voices in alternative music… or just music. ‘Black Hawk’ was the lead single for the EP and I’ll not pretend to have any idea what the lyrics are about except it’s a a tale of transformation by shedding the darkness in order to welcome in the light.

Yeah, that is from the press release as if you didn’t know, but be sure to check out the video as along with their label-mates The Phantom Of the Black Hills, their videos tell entire stories and are as far from our usual fare as you can get. Despite being closely linked in many ways to the Phantom, the Heathen Apostles have a very definite and original sound. There is no one else who resembles them, making it hard to review them as it’s so original. Rooted in the definition of ‘Folk’ they mangle up several genres while adding much to the final sound. ‘Demi Monde’ is a slow song dominated by all the usual elements and shrouded in occult imagery paying homage to the fires of Beltane. ‘Tall Rider’ brings down the curtain on the EP on a positive note. I mean even the Sisters of Mercy were sometimes upbeat (ish!). Catchy as hell and a reminder of the possibility to heal through love. Great fiddle throughout that does lead a lot of the time, but without dominating thanks in no small part to the excellent production of master producer Chopper Franklin.

This dark roots & gothic country EP may only be five songs long, but it’s length, at almost twenty minutes, is almost as much as some albums we hear. Their recent tour took in mainly Germany (the Germans are good at spotting American bands), but I can’t see how this band with a bit of luck and the right promotion it won’t be long before their a name on everybody’s lips and they’ll be back touring in your country too.

Review by London Celtic Punks, read the full review HERE.