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Heathen Apostles – Gothic Country Blues EP Out Today

Born By Lightning - gothic country blues

Born By Lightning, the follow-up to the fifth Heathen Apostles album Dust to Dust, contains 5 new songs that explore yet another facet of Gothic Americana: gothic country blues. Available digitally everywhere today on Ratchet Blade Records, the EP presents tried-and-true musical territory with the title track and the jangly “Devil Comes For All Of Us”, while expanding on the Heathen sound with a trio of hard-hitting sonic lightning bolts: “Death Bell Blues”, “Chosen One”, and “Scarecrow Blues”.

Heathen Apostles - gothic country bluesWhereas Dust to Dust put the bluegrass of Bill Monroe into the woodshed with the gothic tendencies of Siouxsie & the Banshees, Born By Lightning slinks and slithers to the beat of the blues, with plenty of shouts, hollers, and heavy slide guitar. Singer Mather Louth explains: “My identity as a singer has always been deeply rooted in the blues, and Chopper and I knew for some time that we wanted to delve into the genre (since it is very much a part of American roots music and thus under the collective roof of Americana.) But being the Heathen Apostles, we had to bring things to the dark side, and I feel that Born By Lightning manages to marry our signature Gothic Americana sound with the blues in a way that feels natural.”

Guitarist/Producer Chopper Franklin adds: “We’ve been waiting to do a blues-based record for a while, and we’re very proud of Born By Lightning. I remember seeing The Gun Club back when they were playing small clubs in Los Angeles and that dark, haunting sound was what we were going for with Born By Lightning.”

Heathen Apostles - gothic country bluesThe first single, “Death Bell Blues” (a tribute to band favorite, the legendary Howlin’ Wolf) opens the EP, inviting the listener to toe the murky waters of the Heathens’ blues as a narrative of the impending Apocalypse unfolds. “Chosen One” serves up a more demented and modern interpretation of the genre, pushing boundaries as it forewarns the folly of religious zealotry. The brooding “Born By Lightning” marks the halfway point, churning with the discomforts of facing one’s own shadow, as the subsequent “Devil Comes For All Of Us” brings the tempo back up to a gallop with the Devil blazing a path of indiscriminate death and destruction. The EP closes with the scorching murder ballad “Scarecrow Blues”, a tale of vindictive townsfolk taking fire to the home of a social misfit, only to burn the entire town to the ground.

The Heathen Apostles have always been defined by a balance between experimentation and reverence, and with Born By Lightning (their third release this year alone), the band offers up a powerful and focused new collection of gothic country blues songs to their already impressive hymnal.

You can preview and purchase Born by Lightning HERE.

Heathen Apostles – Gothic Blues EP Cover Art

The Heathen Apostles are proud to reveal the cover art for their newest release, the 5 song EP Born By Lightning, which will be out online Friday November 15th on Ratchet Blade Records. In keeping with their Gothic Americana roots they have gone in a heavy gothic blues direction on this one, with plenty of shouts, hollers and slide guitar, and per usual it has been produced by guitarist Chopper Franklin. Born By Lightning will be available at the Heathen Apostles webstore and all digital outlets, and the band will be shooting some music videos to accompany it.

Heathen Apostles - gothic blues

Heathen Apostles – New Gothic Americana Album Out Today

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

Gothic Americana
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). With 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.

“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.

“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/producer.

Pre-Sale Launches For Heathen Apostles’ 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 Gothic Americana 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.

Heathen Apostles' Album "Dust To Dust"

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

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 and CDs

Heathen Apostles Signed LPs and CDs

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.

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 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

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.

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