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New Mau Maus Website Launched

The new website for the notorious Los Angeles punk rock band the Mau Maus has launched, it’s new address is maumaus.monster. There you will be able to see photos, interviews and reviews going back to 1978, as well as links to deals on their music and merch. Check it all out HERE.

Mau Maus 1982

Rick Wilder, Scott “Chopper” Franklin, Paul Mars, Mike Livingston. photo by Edward Colver

The Mau Maus official bio:

Everybody knows the Mau Maus. Whether it’s some story of a chaotic back-alley Hollywood show, or dark tales of crimes real or imagined, the Los Angeles punk rock scene wouldn’t have been the same without Rick Wilder and the nefarious group. Reveled and reviled, taking the raw energy of Iggy and the Stooges and infusing an unhealthy dose of James Brown jive, the original Mau Maus (Wilder, Greg Salva, Rod Donahue & Earl Washington) was forged at the original Los Angeles punk rock haven the Masque and sprang upon the emerging Hollywood scene in 1978. The 1981 line up was Wilder, Michael Livingston, Scott “Chopper” Franklin and Paul “Black” Mars, and the Mau Maus proceeded to record the incendiary Robby Krieger-produced Mad Dog Studio sessions and 2 songs for Hell Comes To Your House Vol. 2. A scene-stealing performance in the OJ Simpson detective movie “Cocaine and Blue Eyes” accented this “Joyride to the End of the World”…

The violence, the women, and yes, the drugs, might have seemed to get in the way of commercial success, but talent is talent and songs are songs, and upon listening to this record one realizes that with punk rock still in it’s infancy, here was a band that was already mixing a current fresh sound with elements of American roots music, something the Kinks, the Stones and the Animals managed to do in the 1960’s.

As the 20th century wound down, Wilder moved to New York City, Franklin joined The Cramps, Mars toured the world as a front man for LA Guns and Livingston formed… the Livingstons. Love ‘em or hate ‘em… they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mau Maus

Rick Wilder, Greg Salva, Scott “Chopper” Franklin, Paul Mars

Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana Halloween

Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana Halloween

It’s almost Halloween and it’s time to announce the Heathen Apostles’ annual Gothic Americana Halloween “Play a Goth Themed Show One Night, a Honky Tonk Themed Show the Next”. We’ll be at Bar Sinister in Hollywood on Saturday Oct. 29th (with God Module), and then the Echoplex in Echo Park on Devil’s Night Sunday Oct. 30th (w/ Blue Drivers and Sie Sie Bernhoff, doors at 6pm). We’ll have guest musicians Aubrey Richmond on violin and Patrick Muzingo on drums. So pick your poison, we got your Goth and we got your Western, we hope to see all of you in So Cal at one or both of the shows!

Get Bar Sinister tickets HERE.
Get Echoplex tickets HERE.

Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana Halloween

The Gothic Western Halloween shows are also the first Heathen Apostles US shows since the release of their latest album Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4, out now on Ratchet Blade Records. You can check out the album HERE.

Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4 tracklist
1. Bad Patch
2. Careful What You Pray For
3. Black Hawk
4. Demi Monde
5. Tall Rider
6. Roots Run Deep
7. Into The Wild
8. No Peace
9. Solitary
10. Shadow of the Crows  

From the Heathen Apostles’ Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4 press release:
2020 was a year of loss, reflection, and reevaluation. Trying as the times were to have a trio of tour cancellations both stateside and abroad as the live music industry seemingly evaporated overnight, the Heathen Apostles did not let the unexpected gift of time go to waste. To the contrary, the band channeled the turbulent year’s events and its complex emotions into their music, and the result- BLOODGRASS VOL. 3&4- is a dark country album of a collection of songs at once timely as they are timeless.

Chopper’s Western Luggage Company

Chopper has started a Western Luggage company called Cowboy Luggage Company, an extension of his other endeavors into the Old West – Chronicle of the Old West newspaper (of which he was editor), Dog Jake Western Store (co-owner) and Chronicle of the Old West radio (Producer). In a recent post onGothicWestern.com, Mather Louth wrote a review of this venture:

In our previous two-part blog, we delved into the fascinating realm of gothic westernwear and provided guidance to both men and women as to how to create a head-to-toe ensemble. As a reminder, accessories play a key role in creating a complete and striking look, with hand-tooled leather Western luggage serving as a particularly excellent stylistic choice that is at once classic as it is modern. But, what’s a western goth to do when preparing for a stagecoach jaunt across the high desert plains?   

Western Luggage and BriefcasesEnter the gorgeously handcrafted designs of  Cowboy Luggage Western luggage and briefcases. Of course, for those that wish to stay true to the gothic “all black everything” mantra, Cowboy Luggage also provides their designs in a rich shade of jet black.

Rugged and yet refined thanks to the hand-tooled Mexican leather, Cowboy Luggage’s line is unisex and utilitarian, with many of the designs featuring Western-styled silver buckles that add a chic sense of coordination with one’s existing collection of silver gothic western jewelry. As a nod to the Victorian era, the Cowboy Luggage line also features an understated paisley lining inside its bags, adding a decidedly vintage touch (without the wear-and-tear challenges that can arise from using a vintage bag on a daily basis.

Western Luggage and Briefcases To get that “freshly robbed bank” chic, may we suggest the Cowboy Luggage’s valise with false bottom – the bag’s silhouette calls to mind the classic Victorian doctor’s bags of days past, and features a false bottom (perfect for stowing your illicitly earned loot.) Or, since we discussed the importance of the perfect pair of boots to complete a gothic western ensemble, Cowboy Luggage also offers a valise boot bag specially designed to protect your footwear investment for years to come. And of course, there is also a full-sized garment bag for toting the rest of your prized gothic western ensemble. For those of you that crave convenience in mobility, Cowboy Luggage also features a roller carry-on with a retractable handle that has recently been redesigned for added durability.

Western Luggage and BriefcasesAs always, we encourage you to experiment and develop your individual gothic western style, and hope that these Cowboy Luggage pieces will help to complete your look as you take to the trails.

 

Heathen Apostles’ New Gothic Outlaw Music Video

The Heathen Apostles have released a new Gothic Outlaw music video; Roots Run Deep is the first single from their new album Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4 (produced by Chopper Franklin), out now on Ratchet Blade Records. The video was directed by noted Belgian filmmaker Caroline Poisson and filmed at Moulin Castral during the recent Heathen Apostles European tour in Spring of 2022 to promote the new album. You can check it out HERE.

Heathen Apostles' New Gothic Outlaw music Video

 

Singer Mather Louth recently posted how important the song (and the Gothic Outlaw music video) and the lyrics are to her:
I wish I could take credit for these words. However, the truth of it is that the chorus of “Roots run deep” was channeled.

The words came to me in January as I had finished reading out on my sun porch, watching the movement of the wind through the trees. Simple words, but far too true to come from one person: “Branches may sway, but the roots run deep”. I had no idea what to do with them, but I wrote them down and carried on with my day.

Months later, when Chopper presented me with a batch of new song ideas that would become the second half of BLOODGRASS VOL. 3 & 4, it became clear: those words were meant for the chorus of one of the most personal and unfiltered songs I’ve written to date. I’ll admit- it’s been scary to strip away so much pretense and use honest, simple language. But in a way, it was freeing, and it allowed me to set the constant weight on my shoulders down, if just for a bit.

Those words are a reminder. Those words are a spell. Every time I sing them, it instantly grounds me and reminds me to stay present, to not be shaken by the day to day. Bad things happen. Sometimes, very bad things. But remember your roots. Ground down. Breathe. Carry on. You are an oak.

How lovely that we were able to pair the song with such a beautifully simple, elegant video thanks to the lovely @carolinepoisson. True, I may have been filming this on 3 hours of sleep and several weeks of living the fast pace of tour life, but that seems to be all the more appropriate for the honesty in the song. No more pretense. No more pressure to look perfect.

I hope you’ll take the time to go check out the video. The fact that the song is 3:33 minutes long only seems to offer more proof that its genesis came from the beyond. This song grounds me.

Heathen Apostles' New Gothic Outlaw music Video

Heathen Apostles Return to Gothic Club Bar Sinister

Heathen Apostles - gothic club

Chopper Franklin and Mather Louth at Bar Sinister

The Heathen Apostles will be returning to Bar Sinister for a Halloween show on Saturday October 29th. Bar Sinister is the premiere gothic club in Los Angeles, located at 652 N. Cherokee Ave, Hollywood, just south of Hollywood Blvd.

Not only will the band be playing their favorite gothic club, they will be joined by Pat Muzingo (Speedbuggy USA, Junkyard) on drums, as well as other special guests that night. It is also the first Heathen Apostles US show since the release of their latest album Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4, out now on Ratchet Blade Records. You can check out the album HERE.

 
Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4 tracklist
1. Bad Patch
2. Careful What You Pray For
3. Black Hawk
4. Demi Monde
5. Tall Rider
6. Roots Run Deep
7. Into The Wild
8. No Peace
9. Solitary
10. Shadow of the Crows