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Heathen Apostles ‘Country Gothic’ European Tour 2020

Heathen Apostles country gothicThe Heathen Apostles are proud to announce the first wave of bookings for their 2020 European tour, which will take place in September. It will be their third tour of Europe, and this time around the band will be bringing their country gothic music to Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and more TBA. They will be promoting their gothic blues release Born By Lightning (out now on Ratchet Blade Records), as well as two surprise vinyl releases that will be announced at a later date. 

Here are the dates, the shows marked TBA will be announced at a later date, check back soon. To book one of the remaining dates, contact Kurt at Rootstown Bookings HERE.

Heathen Apostles European Tourdates 2020:

3/09/2020 Thursday Kulturrampe Germany Krefeld
4/09/2020 Friday Wild At Heart Germany Berlin
5/09/2020 Saturday City Club Germany Augsburg
6/09/2020 Sunday available
7/09/2020 Monday available
8/09/2020 Tuesday Quarterdeck Switzerland Basel
9/09/2020 Wednesday available
10/09/2020 Thursday  available
11/09/2020 Friday TBA Germany
12/09/2020 Saturday CC Muze Belgium Zolder
13/09/2020 Sunday TBA
14/09/2020 Monday available
15/09/2020 Tuesday Tortuga Germany Unna
16/09/2020 Wednesday Bei Chez Heinz Germany Hannover
17/09/2020 Thursday Monkeys Germany Hamburg
18/09/2020 Friday Extra Blues-Bar Germany Bielefeld
19/09/2020 Saturday PRIVATE PARTY
20/09/2020 Sunday BUSKERfestival Belgium Aarschot

Heathen Apostles in a Night of Gothic Outlaw Country

gothic outlaw countryThe Heathen Apostles will be playing Friday March 8th with Jason Charles Miller and Hannah Aldridge for a great night of gothic outlaw country at the world famous Whisky-a-Go-Go in West Hollywood, Ca. You can get advance tickets HERE

Jason Charles Miller is an American singer-songwriter known for his solo albums as well as being the lead vocalist and guitarist of the industrial rock band Godhead. Hannah Aldridge is an Americana/ Folk artist originally from Muscle Shoals, Al. She is the daughter of the #1 hit songwriter and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee, Walt Aldridge.

gothic outlaw country

Cowboy Goth Art Show at Black Sheep Art Gallery

Heathen Apostles at cowboy goth art installationThe Heathen Apostles will be appearing at the Black Sheep Gallery in Burbank, Ca. on Sunday January 19th. It is a special event and cowboy goth art installation called ‘Frontier Justice’, and is described by the gallery as: “Frontier Justice – when the law was newly forming and the people in the west took matters into their own hands. This show will touch on The history of the spread of democracy, criminal behavior, the pilgrimage of settlers voyaging into the desert, and the effects this time had on native people and the country itself. We hope to enlighten you with the harsh winds of the west and the cold nights of the desert.”Heathen Apostles at cowboy goth art installation

The Black Sheep Gallery is an immersive and artistic space featuring dark art and macabre delights in Burbank California. The cowboy goth Frontier Justice event begins at 7pm, and the Heathen Apostles will be playing two sets. For more info click HERE.

Mather Louth in Heavy Country Collaboration

POTBH Heavy CountryThe Phantom of the Black Hills are back in the studio to record a new album, and once again they will be collaborating with the Heathen Apostles’ lead singer Mather Louth. For those who don’t know, Phantom of the Black Hills play very heavy country music, and have been together since 2009.

POTBH and Mather previously worked together on Wild Witch of the West (you can check out the wild 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 on Ratchet Blade Records, and it will once again be produced by Chopper Franklin.

Phantom & Mather Louth - Heavy Country

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

Gothic Americana Blues EP Review by London Celtic Punks

Heathen Apostles - Gothic Americana Blues“So far here we have reviewed a Folk album, a Punk album and a sort of Bluesy compilation album so none of our usual uptake and that doesn’t change with this review of the latest EP from Heathen Apostles. They play a sort of Gothic Americana Blues crossed with alternative alternative country. Born By Lightning comes hot on the heels of their recently released album Dust To Dust, their fifth to date, and five new songs of what one reviewer described as “the bluegrass of Bill Monroe put into the woodshed with the Gothic tendencies of Siouxsie And The Banshees”.

Born By Lightning - Gothic Americana BluesLabel mates to of one of my all time favourite bands Phantom Of The Black Hills, they tread much the same path but definitely in a more accessible way to yer average Joe. Fiddle and banjo aplenty here while Mather Louth’s beautiful yet powerful voice shines above all else.

Starting off with the slow Country styled Gothic ballad ‘Death Bell Blues’ a tribute to the legendary Howlin’ Wolf before leading into the dark ‘Chosen One’ which shows the Apostles at that catchiest best. The title track ‘Born By Lightning’ sees them back in darker country again with an intense ballad that builds on Mather’s voice with the rest of the band restrained before here. A million miles away from the Grand Ole Opry! The last two songs have a much harder edge, ‘Devil Comes For All Of Us’ is self explanatory while ‘Scarecrow Blues’ take us far away from traditional Country and into the realm of the ‘murder ballad’ with its tale of a social misfit  being burned out of his house only for the vigilantes to burn down the entire town while it slinks and slithers to the beat of the blues!

A Country-Bluesy-Punky affair (the band have long wanted to do a Blues style release) and with Born By Lightning they have managed to stay close to their roots and something that would also appeal to more traditional music fans too. Signed to Ratchet Blade Records which specialises in ‘Dark Roots Music’ where you can find out all you need to about this glorious genre.”

You can read the article at London Celtic Punks HERE.