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Heathen Apostles 2018 European Tour Dates Finalized

The Heathen Apostles 2018 European tour dates have been finalized, check to poster to see if they will be appearing near you. The band will be playing every day starting on August 3rd to August 19th, with stops in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The new Bloodgrass Vol. I & II album (available on LP and CD) will be available, as well as several new merch items. Click HERE for more info, the tour was booked by Rootstown Bookings.

Heathen Apostles 2018 European tour dates

Heathen Apostles are at Maui Sugar Mill 7/20/18

The Heathen Apostles Record Release show for Bloodgrass Vol. I & II at Bar Sinister was a great success, the place was packed and everyone had a blast. Thanks to Pat Muzingo of Speedbuggy and Junkyard for sitting in on drums. The next show is this Friday, July 20th as the Heathen Apostles are at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, the band will be on at 11pm. It’s the Heathen Apostles last show before their European tour, and it’s free admission, so don’t miss it! Click HERE for more info.

Heathen Apostles are at maui sugar mill

Review of Bloodgrass Vol. 1 in Dark Entries Magazine

Great review of Bloodgrass Vol. 1 in Dark Entries Magazine (a great Belgium goth magazine) that was just brought to our attention, read the translation below, click HERE to go to their site:

Heathen Apostles Bloodgrass Vol. 1 reviewWe know alt-country, we think of bands like Whiskeytown , 16 Horsepower or Woven Hand . We also know cowpunk and gothabilly or hellbilly. Think of bands like Ghoultown , Gravetown or DAD. These Heathen Apostles from Los Angeles also fit in this category (especially the latter in terms of image) but actually this is almost pure Americana folk, country and bluegrass, in short hillbilly music with a dark edge. The musicians look like baddies escaped from a western movie, three black cowboys in nineteenth century gear and the lady from the outfit as a black-clad widow from the same period. Complete with a black veil covering her eyes. It has something steampunk too.

The band consists of singer Mather Louth (the lascivious widow) and her fellow band members, dressed-in-black cowboys Chopper Franklin (guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, drums), Thomas Lorioux (bass) and Luis Mascaro (violin). Chopper Franklin is a punk rock veteran who once played in The Cramps and bands like Nick Curran & The Lowlifes and Mau Maus. In the past, Heathen Apostles also had drummer Stevyn Grey in the ranks (ex- Christian Death , ex- 45 Grave ).

Heathen Apostles are a very productive band. Their debut album “Boot Hill Hymnal” (2013), the “Without A Trace” EP (2014), the singles “Fool’s Gold”, “Fist City”, “Death’s Head”, as well as their second album “Fire To The Fuse” (all 2015) all came out on Ratchet Blade Records. The third Heathen Apostles album “Requiem For A Remix”, “The Misery And Gin EP” and the single “Albatross” all came out in a busy 2016. In 2017 finally the “Strange Flowers EP” came out and in December this ” Bloodgrass Vol. 1 “EP, still on Ratchet Blade Records that specializes in such bands.

Five songs are on the new EP (21 minutes playing time). Three original compositions: “Death Came A Ridin'” (my favorite and the darkest and rockiest song), “Dark Days” (with banjo and melancholic violin) and the up-tempo like a horse hopping across the prairie (I have to think of Johnny Cash) “Lady In Gold”. And then also two covers. These covers are “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” by the contemporary country artist Darrell Scott and a beautiful adaptation of the classic (from 1935) “Summertime” ( Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward ) which is especially known in the version of The Zombies but that counts numerous interpretations by Ella Fitzgerald , Billie Holiday etc.

Entertaining EP song with beautiful songs, but even better if these pagan apostles mixed some more punk, goth or psychobilly in their sound because with the exception of the song “Death Came A Ridin'” this is musically close to pure Americana or what they call alt-country today instead of a true crossover style with the dark genre as the image suggests. In spite of the terms ‘gothic americana’, ‘gothic country’, ‘southern gothic’ or ‘dark roots’ that they use to interpret their music. But you do not hear me complaining; Heathen Apostles are an interesting band that I will definitely continue to follow.

Henk Vereecken

New Heathen Apostles Merch in Store

New Heathen Apostles merch 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.

Heathen Apostles Merch

Heathen Apostles 2018 European Tour Promo Video

Heathen Apostles 2018 European TourThe promo video Heathen Apostles 2018 European Tour has launched and sent out for promotion. The band will be flying to Amsterdam at the beginning of August, then traveling to Essen, Germany for the first show of the tour. The tour is being booked by Rootstown Bookings, check back for further updates.

Heathen Apostles Return to Bar Sinister 7/14/18

The next Heathen Apostles show is at Bar Sinister, the premiere Gothic club, on Saturday July 14th. Bar Sinister is located at the legendary Boardner’s bar in Hollywood, Ca. There will be advance CDs of their upcoming album “Bloodgrass Vol. I & II” (out July 20th on Ratchet Blade Records). Head down and grab a copy and get it signed by the band. The Heathen Apostles will be on at 11 pm. Click HERE for more info.

Heathen Apostles Return to Bar Sinister

Death Came a Ridin’ Music Video Wrapped

Principal photography on the upcoming Death Came a Ridin’ music video has wrapped, the Heathen Apostles would like to thank the many cast and crew members that participated in this epic production. The Death Came a Ridin’ music video is the first from the forthcoming Bloodgrass Vol. I & II album, out July 20th on LP & CD on Ratchet Blade Records

The Bloodgrass Vol. I & II album will consist of the two digital-only EPs released in 2017 and 2018, and will be available on the band’s European tour, starting August 3rd in Essen, Germany. Check back for more info and links.

Death Came a Ridin' music video