Without A Trace EP Release Show Rescheduled to March 8th

The Without A Trace EP release show has been moved to Saturday March 8th at the Redwood Bar in Downtown LA. Horror rockers Frankenstein will be main support and another band is TBA. Click HERE for more info.

Bar Sinister by Andy Hartmark

Heathen Apostles’ “Dark Was The Night” Video Debuts

The Dark Was The Night video has gone live! It is the second video from the Boot Hill Hymnal and was directed by Victoria and features a great cast consisting of David Backhaus, Kelly DeVoto, D.W. Frydendall, Timbo Gruse, Nickie Jean, Mike Odd, Georges-Robert, Frankie Sin and Jamie Watkins. Check it out and comment on Youtube.

 

New Phantom of the Black Hills EP Live on iTunes

The new Phantom of the Black Hills EP is live on Black Hearted Killer cover finaliTunes! 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.

Phantom of the Black Hills EP Artwork & Track Order

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

Black Hearted Killer cover final

Heathen Apostles Interview In deVour Magazine

HA by Angie Gray 2Mather and Chopper were interviewed recently by deVour Magazine, here’s a couple featured questions, read the rest by clicking thelink at the bottom of the page.

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

Heathen Apostles “Red Brick Dust” Promo Video Debuts Tonight

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 Hit The Messaround December 15th

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.

Mau Maus Messaround flier

New Phantom of the Black Hills EP Out 12/30/13

The Phantom of the Black Hills are currently recording their follow-up to 2012’s ENEMY!, a 3 song EP entitled Black Hearted Killer. Chopper Franklin will again be producing, and the release date is December 30th.

Battle Flag

Heathen Apostles Return to the Studio

The Heathen Apostles have begun tracking their next record, an 3 song EP due February 2014 on Ratchet Blade Records. This will be the follow up to 2013’s Boot Hill Hymnal, once again Chopper Franklin will be producing. Check back for more info on this and other upcoming releases, and visit the band at heathenapostles.com.

Heathen Apostles in the studio

Another Rave Boot Hill Hymnal Review

BOOT HILL HYMNAL coverBy Aiden
Midnight Calling Magazine

Some time ago, I had the privilege of reviewing Mather Louth’s CD from “Radio Noir” so I was very pleased to see the advent of Heathen Apostles. (Mather is one of my favorite musicians, and I also admire her impeccable fashion sense.) Not only does Heathen Apostles consist of Mather, Chopper Franklin, and Thomas Lorioux, Viktor Phoenix, and Luis Mascaro, all accomplished musicians, but the band also combines two themes very dear to my heart: Goth and the Old West. I have always thought that the Old West teemed with Gothic elements. Here was not the brooding poetry of the drawing room and absinthe fueled dreams , but the open menace of a strange, dangerous, and alien land. The merging of Gothic and Old Western sensibilities only seemed logical.

Several bands have taken this path, and Heathen Apostles are among the foremost. Mather’s wonderful voice and darkly charming demeanor are a perfect fit. The Old West conjures images of vast desolate spaces, grim conflicts, and lonesome death, punctuated by roughshod towns teeming with a disparate mix of sophistication and brutality. It is no accident that Heathen Apostles rises from Los Angeles, that musical Mecca of the Far West, and that their music is steeped in 150 years of history and musical lore.

“Red Brick Dust” starts evocatively with acoustic guitar and low, moaning violin. Electric guitar suddenly punctuates the song like shotgun blasts in the alleyways of old Tombstone. Vocals are pleading, yet dangerous at the same time. Late in the song, violin emerges Paganini-like with a brief, impulsive burst.

Ominous, yet rich violin opens “Dark Was the Night”. Masterful percussion drives the song with a rocky gait, and the mandolin adds a definite western flavor. Vocals are exquisitely layered, sultry and moody.

‘Forget-Me-Not” is a rollicking tune, with sharp, syncopated percussion and edgy banjo, as the violin hovers in the background, only to suddenly rise with the fervor of an assassin. Vocals are strong and confident, yet with an underlying sense of foreboding.

“Never Forever” has a very edgy, evocative intro, with guitars in tandem and violin. They are joined by low-key, yet striking banjo that reminds me of some of Neil Young’s works. Vocals are slow and expressive. The song slowly rises in volume, and vocals drop to an eerie whisper at about 3:06. Then suddenly, some wonderfully cowpunk-ish guitar erupts, and Mather’s superb vocals rise to a crescendo. There is a cool spaghetti western vibe adeptly mixed with ’80′s alternative that makes this is a very compelling song.

‘The Reckoning” ramps things up with Saturday night saloon exuberance and energy. The intro reminded me of the movie “Dead man”, and there is a vague steampunkish element somewhere here amidst the rattling percussion and gypsy flourishes. Brief flashes of fuzz laden guitar add to the demented carnival atmosphere, as Mather’s vocals are both enticing and dangerous.

“The Dark Pines” is one of my favorite songs here. With what I call a ‘Western Cabaret” style, haunting mandolin and menacing violin accompany Mather’s darkly vibrant vocals. Rousing guitar licks and driving percussion propel the song to a very ominous finish.

“It All Came Down” starts with a great little vignette of a tinny Blues song playing as the actions of various firearms are worked and clicked. Then the song launches with syncopated percussion, slow banjo, and low bass that brings a smokey Speakeasy to mind. Guitar is low and menacing, and the organ gives an unsettling edge. This is further heightened by the sardonic, yet sinister male-female vocals that deftly weave around each other.

“Murderer of Souls” is awesome! This is pure Cowboy Gothic for the 21st century. There is some excellent post-punk guitar and sparse, eerie banjo over a gripping electro background. Very edgy violin emerges, then grows stronger as the song progresses. Percussion is as rhythmic and pounding as hooves along a lonely trail. Vocals are smooth, with a nice touch of layering, which heighten the sense of desolation and fatalism that the song evokes.

“Darkness of Dawn” is more Cowboy Cabaret, with Mather’s soulful vocals, wandering violin, and sparse banjo. The percussion canters along, while the guitar adds a darkly expressive touch, especially on the moving, yet dynamic refrain. This song makes me envision a high mountain range on the horizon, with miles of emptiness behind you.

“Lonesome Whistle” is languid and moody, with an ominous carnival-like beginning. Vocals are refined, yet a bit ominous, while the guitar has a definite edge. The backing atmospherics are measured, and inexorably move the song towards a doleful finish.

“Boot Hill Hymnal” is superbly produced, and the arrangements are precise and striking. The band clearly takes their music seriously. The wonderful thing about “Boot Hill Hymnal” is that Heathen Apostles are not bound by the usual boundaries. For example, they are not just a Gothic band that dresses up in Victorian and Old West fashions and makes a few literary references amid the standard doomy droning. They are not a Steampunk band. They are not a Country/Roots band trying to be “authentic”. Heathen Apostles have skillfully created their own innovative sound and vision. There is a delightful variety of musical here, including Gothic, Cabaret, Blues, and Gypsy Jazz, that is deftly bound together by the band’s dark and sometimes brooding sense of a bygone age. This is all filtered through a wholly contemporary level of musical excellency that is both relevant and unique.

This is a very fine work, indeed. I look forward to hearing more from Heathen Apostles.

Read the review HERE
Order Boot Hill Hymnal HERE

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