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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.

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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.

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


Chopper’s Western Luggage Company

Western Luggage

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.

 


Goth Artist Stephanie Inagaki Doing Bloodgrass 3 & 4 Cover Art

The Heathen Apostles are again collaborating with goth artist Stephanie Inagaki, she will do the cover art on the band’s upcoming album Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4 (out Friday the 13th of May on Ratchet Blade Records). Stephanie previously did the cover art for the first Heathen Apostles album in the series, Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2, as well as appear in a music video from that release Death Came a Ridin’ (directed by Ashley Von Helsing).

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Ver Mar, Stephanie Inagaki, Jonathan Cripple

Stephanie also makes fine art images and wearable art objects: portals to a realm of macabre fineries, Old World glamour, breathtaking mastery, rich symbolism, and deep wisdom. Meticulously crafted from sensuous and elemental mediums, each piece is made with love and tells a story of power and grace in the face of crisis, loss, and transformation. She is also the proprietress of Miyu Decay, meticulously and lovingly hand carves each design out of wax before going through the lost wax casting process.

Heathen Apostles - Goth ArtistStephanie Inagaki‘s imagery is startling in its complex dualities. It manages to simultaneously contrast eroticism and violence, beauty and decay, life and death, all the while maintaining a harmonious and even sensuous balance of these themes. She brilliantly explores themes which are deeply personal to her by employing motifs that carry along the rich cultural traditions of her heritage and imbues them with her own meaning. Equally surrealistic and expressive, she mines her emotions and uses her body in order to create, in her own words, a “landscape where double self examinations occur through portraiture and self ruminations of the negative and positive…“

Deeply influenced by her continual studies in Middle Eastern dancing, Miyu Decay combines aesthetic elements from the Middle East, Africa, India, Europe, along with traditional Japanese designs.


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.

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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…
Pinterest ➤https://www.pinterest.com/ravenabovep…
Tapas ➤ https://tapas.io/series/The-Goodbye-F…


Heathen Apostles’ Gothic Western Stampede Continues In Europe

The Heathen Apostles’ Gothic Western stampede is continuing through Europe, tomorrow marks the halfway point of the 18-shows-in-18-days tour. They have hot-off-the-press vinyl copies of their last full length album Dust To Dust (out now on Urgense Disk Records in Geneva), and they are supporting their latest release, the Bloodgrass Vol. 3 EP (out now on Ratchet Blade Records).

Most venues are having some capacity adjustments due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and some are relocating to outdoor venues, so contact your local venue and get tickets early.

Heathen Apostles' Gothic Western stampede

Heathen Apostles' Gothic Western stampede

Heathen Apostles' Gothic Western stampede

Heathen Apostles' Gothic Americana stampede

Heathen Apostles' Gothic Westen stampede

HEATHEN APOSTLES 2021 EUROPEAN FINAL DATES

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


Chopper Franklin To Score Gothic Western Series

Chopper Franklin scoring Gothic Western series

Chopper Franklin

Chopper Franklin has been hired to compose music for the animated Gothic Western series The Goodbye Family. The Goodbye Family is the creation of Lorin Morgan-Richards, who has adapted the series from his comic collection of the same name that he began in 2017.

Chopper’s Heathen Apostles had recently collaborated with Richards on the series theme song (The Goodbye Family Theme Song [Sew It Up] check it out HERE) and Richards wanted to continue the feel of that music for the rest of the episodes. Here is Richards explaining The Goodbye Family:

Chopper Franklin scoring Gothic Western series

Lorin Morgan Richards

It follows the lives of Weird West undertakers Otis, Pyridine, and their daughter Orphie. Pyridine is a witch and matriarch mortician, Otis is a brainless but bold hearse driver, and Orphie is appointed grave digger for her strength of twenty men. Through bumbling Otis discovers his neighbors are turning into zombies, a mystery that is directly affecting their burial business. In their backyard cemetery they travel to the underworld for answers and uncover a plot to surface the evil entities, that would otherwise burn in the Lake of Fire, have risen again through oil pumps that are being bottled as a tonic medicine for the ground above. The tonic is consumed and the host fully takes over the body when the body perishes. Can the Goodbyes hilarious gaffes and revelations plug up the works?

The animated Gothic Western series is slated for a Summer 2021 release.


Heathen Apostles Rebroadcast on KXLU – Gothic Americana Radio

The Stray Pop when the Heathen Apostles performed live on February 20, 2015 is going to be rebroadcast this Fri (1/29/21) 11pm-3am PST on KXLU Los Angeles 88.9 FM and www.KXLU.com ! Tune in for Stella bringing you the Heathen Apostles and Gothic Americana radio for the evening!

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Heathen Apostles – Western Goth Bandanas

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From the Heathen Apostles Facebook page: We hope everyone is doing well, we can’t wait to get back on the road and see you all! We’ve had a bit of a run on our Vince Ray western goth bandanas; bandanas seem to be the easiest way of protecting ourselves and others, especially worn over a standard mask. We’ve been trying to figure out how to get them over to Europe with cheaper shipping, for now we’re recommending them as an add-on item, and, as always, we refund the difference if you are charged more for shipping than it costs. We are throwing a a digital copy of our latest release “Born By Lightning”, and a Heathen Apostles sticker; click HERE to check them out.

Stay safe and we hope to see you all soon! We are finalizing the dates for our 2020 European tour, check back for updates. photos by Mather Louth


Chopper Franklin To Produce New Hellbilly Music Album

POTBH - Hellbilly MusicThe Phantom of the Black Hills are back in the studio to record a new album, and once again it will be produced by Chopper Franklin for his Ratchet Blade Records label (Franklin has produced all 5 of the band’s albums). They will also be collaborating with the Heathen Apostles’ lead singer Mather Louth. For those who don’t know, Phantom of the Black Hills play very heavy hellbilly music, and have been together since 2009.

POTBH and Mather previously worked together on Wild Witch of the West (you can check out the crazy hellbilly music video for the song HERE), the lead single from their last album, 2017’s Scalped. This time Mather will have a bigger role in the project, singing and writing on several songs on the new album. The album is roughly scheduled for a Spring 2020 release.

Phantom & Mather Louth - Hellbilly Music

WILD WITCH OF THE WEST
(lyrics by Phantom of the Black Hills and Mather Louth)

Drag me to hell, and howl it up all night
A haunted heart, got the feeling right

Trigger finger warm, her blood runnin’ cold
A sunken sun, time to bring the show

Your death is her fascination
Sent to hell to stay; well, hell, she’ll show the way
She’s serving up some damnation
Badder than the rest, the Wild Witch of the West

Spells in the wind, crows fill up the sky
She’s so gone, can’t be rectified

Drums beatin’ dark, corpses in the street
Her eyes wild, guns spittin’ heat

She’s bringin’ your devastation
Yeah, she’ll mark your grave, and send you on your way
Your grief is her incantation
Bringin’ all the best, the Wild Witch of the West

Hex taking aim,
It’s you I’ve come to claim
One last bone to pick
that bears your name

I’m crossing over the threshold
Sweeping off the ashes and the brimstone
You’d best not find yourself alone
Every story ends the same,
Another moth caught by the flame


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.

Gothic Americana Website

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.

Heathen Apostles in Malibu Times


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!

 

Heathen Apostles Murderfolk Playlist


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.

Heathen Apostles 2019 Tour of Europe


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.

Bloodgrass Vol. II cover


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.

Jorge Jaramillo

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.

Gothic Western website


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.