The new Phantom of the Black Hills EP is live on iTunes! This EP is produced & mixed by the Cramps bassist Chopper Franklin and follows 2012’s ENEMY! album, and it contains 3 scorching, guaranteed barnburners and is a great way to bring in the New Year, preview on iTunes by clicking HERE.
Archive for December, 2013
The cover art and track sequence for the new Phantom of the Black Hills EP Black Hearted Killer (RBR 720) was unveiled today, the EP was produced by Chopper Franklin and the cover was shot by Sadie Nitrate. The EP will be on iTunes and Amazon.mp3 etc., on December 30th. The track listing is:
1. Black Hearted Killer
2. The Storm Is My Shelter
3. A Life For An Eye
deVour Magazine: Describe your sound and influences to someone who has never heard the band before.
Mather Louth: We were recently described as “outlaw goth”, and I think that’s a rather memorable and visual description of the Heathen Apostles world. Certainly we have a country and roots element to our music, but there’s a definite Southern Gothic cloud over that landscape.
As for influences, my own run the gamut with regards to music (everything from crackling antique recordings of roots music to modern day shoegaze), though I am perpetually drawn to artists that are unafraid to offer a window into the inner workings of their hearts and guts- Mark Lanegan, Nick Cave, and PJ Harvey all come to mind as stellar examples of this time and time again. I am also a self-professed book worm and am fascinated with the art of writing, so I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of translating my own written words into song.
dM: I’d love for you to speak on your new album and it’s creation, obstacles and favorite tracks (if you have any).
Chopper Franklin: For our debut album (Boot Hill Hymnal), we knew we wanted a wide variety of sounds and influences, so the songwriting process mainly consisted of me tracking songs in as many different styles as I could and getting them over to Mather for lyrics. She did a great job of going with it on every occasion- the lyrics are fantastic, and the six songs we co-wrote on the record are the first six songs we wrote together (there are no outtakes or unfinished songs.) We each had two existing songs that fit right inwith the album, so that was great, too. My two favorites on the record right now are “The Reckoning” and “Lonesome Whistle”, because they both show extremely different sides of the Heathen Apostles.
Read the rest of the interview HERE
The promo video for the Heathen Apostles album Boot Hill Hymnal has debuted tonight, it was directed by Billy Clift and features Mather Louth and Chopper Franklin along with the newest members of the Heathen Apostles Luis Mascaro and Stevyn Grey. To visit the Heathen Apostles website, click HERE.
The Mau Maus are playing the annual Messaround X Mas party on Sunday December 15th. Thrown by veteran writer Jonny Whiteside, it will take place at Viva Cantina in Burbank California and will also feature the Billybones, Golden Sombrero and the Dick and Jane Family Orchestra. See Live Dates for more info, and you can order the Mau Maus historic album “Scorched Earth Policies: Then & Now” HERE.