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Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” Out Now

Heathen Apostles - Gothic Americana Happy Halloween! The new Heathen Apostles Gothic Americana EP “The Fall” is out today, it will be a great addition to your Halloween playlist. To preview and purchase, click HERE.

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Amazon mp3 click HERE.
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Here’s the press release from Ratchet Blade Records:

With the new Heathen Apostles’ EP The Fall (Ratchet Blade Records) the band finds themselves once again returning to the darker realms of Gothic Americana. While touring Europe in support of their last album Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2 (a decidedly more rootsy collection of songs), the Heathens found inspiration standing in the shadows of centuries-old castles, and listening to the stories of historical characters immortalized in the murder ballads they have always loved. Out of this experience came the epic string orchestrations of Through the Forest, Through the Trees, the alluring poetry of The Fall and thoughts of love in the afterlife in Out of the Ground.

“With regards to Through the Forest, Through the Trees,” says lead vocalist Mather Louth, “I penned the tale of a scorned lover in the spirit of the traditional Scottish and English Child ballads. It was particularly enjoyable and exciting for me to enhance the song’s gorgeously haunting orchestration with layers of a sort of timeless chamber-styled vocal I hadn’t yet explored within the band. I can say with full confidence that Through the Forest, Through the Trees is one of my absolute favorite Heathen tales to date.”

“While we may feel our music heading in one extreme direction or another while we are recording it, it always seems to end up sounding like a Heathen Apostles song. The Fall EP definitely has its Gothic tendencies, but it belongs right beside any of our bluegrass or gypsy jazz-tinged songs,” states guitarist and producer Chopper Franklin.

If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be the Los Angeles-based dark roots and gothic country band Heathen Apostles, whose participating artists include ex-members of Radio Noir (Mather Louth), The Cramps (Chopper Franklin), Kings of Nuthin’ (Thomas Lorioux), and Christian Death (Stevyn Grey) in its ranks. That is one hell of a lineup. – James G. Carlson, No Depression Magazine


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.

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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.

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New Heathen Apostles EP The Fall Out Halloween

The new Heathen Apostles EP The Fall will be released Wednesday, October 31st on Ratchet Blade Records. The band states this release will lean more toward the Gothic side, as a compliment to the more rootsy Bloodgrass Vol. I & II Lp the band put out this Summer. The EP will feature cover art by the band’s good friend Ana Sanchez, and the music will be again produced by guitarist Chopper Franklin. Check back for more info, including an impending video shoot for the release.

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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.

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Heathen Apostles Signed LPs


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.


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.


Heathen Apostles’ “Bloodgrass Vol. I” Out Now

   The Heathen Apostles are proud to announce the release of “Bloodgrass Vol. I”, their new 5 song EP produced by Chopper Franklin and on Ratchet Blade Records. The band plans on making the Bloodgrass EPs a reoccurring series, situated between their regular full length album releases. 
   Indeed, the EP includes their darkened take of Doc Watson’s bluegrass version of the Gershwin classic Summertime, as well as a moving reading of Darrell Scott’s gut-wrenching You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive. Add these to the three Gothic Americana originals: Death Came a Ridin’ (revisiting the dangerous territory of prior favorites The Reckoning and Death’s Head), Dark Days (country-tinged gypsy jazz) and Lady in Gold (a haunting melody sung over driving bluegrass instrumentation).

Click HERE to listen and purchase.

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Heathen Apostles ‘Summertime’ Debuts Today

Heathen Apostles 'Summertime'The Heathen Apostles ‘Summertime’ audio video has debuted , it’s the first song from their upcoming Bloodgrass Vol. I EP, out Friday December 15th on Ratchet Blade Records. The Gershwin classic was produced by Chopper Franklin, and the band has begun shooting the first music video for the EP. Check back for more news and links.

 


Gothic Country Tinged “Bloodgrass Vol. I” EP Cover Art Revealed

The new Heathen Apostles “Bloodgrass Vol. I” EP cover will feature an insane drawing of Mather Louth by Stephanie Inagaki. The Gothic Country EP will be released 12/15/17 on Ratchet Blade Records and will include heathenish takes on the classics “Summertime” and “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”, as well as 3 gothic roots originals, and will be produced by Chopper Franklin. 

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Heathen Apostles’ “Bloodgrass Vol. 1” Coming In November

Bloodgrass Vol. 1, the new Heathen Apostles EP, is due out this November on Ratchet Blade Records. It will feature their dark take on the classic songs Summertime and You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive, as well as three new songs, all produced by once again Chopper Franklin. They will also be shooting music videos for the record, check back for the release date of both the EP and music videos.

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“Strange Flowers” Single Preview and Buy Links

The links to preview and buy the new Heathen Apostles’ protest song Strange Flowers are below, be sure and get behind the rebellion by supporting this song and its music video.

Bandcamp (& get the remix and a cover of Echo & the Bunnymen’s Killing Moon for free) click HERE
iTunes click HERE
Amazon click HERE
YouTube click HERE

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“Strange Flowers” Single and Video Debuts Today

The new Heathen Apostles’ single Strange Flowers is available today, along with the music  video for the song. If you buy through the band’s digital webstore you will  receive and free copy of the Strange Flowers remix (by Almighty Watching) and a bonus track of the Heathen’s Apostles’ cover of Echo and the Bunnymen’s The Killing Moon. You preview the songs by clicking HERE, and be sure watch and comment on the video too!

 


New “Strange Flowers” Single and Video Out This Friday

The new Strange Flowers single and video are due out this Friday May 12th, the final video has been edited and uploaded to various video sites. Check back for purchase and viewing links.

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Cover Art For “Strange Flowers” Revealed

The cover art for the new Heathen Apostles single Strange Flowers has been released, the single and video will be out on Friday May 12th on Ratchet Blade Records. Check back for more info, video BTS photos and release links.

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Pre-Production Begins For “Strange Flowers” Video

Pre-production has begun for the new video for the upcoming Heathen Apostles single Strange Flowers, on Ratchet Blade Records. The video will be directed by the band and will be shot over two weeks in April, check back for a release date for both the video and single.

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Heathen Apostles’ “Albatross” Music Video Is Live

The music video for the new Heathen Apostles single Albatross is live, it was filmed on the coast of Southern California and was directed by the Heathen Apostles. The song is out now on Ratchet Blade Records and can be previewed and purchased at these links:

iTunes click HERE
Amazon click HERE
Bandcamp click HERE


Cover Art For Upcoming “Albatross” Single

The cover art for the upcoming Heathen Apostles single Albatross has been revealed, the single and music video will be out Friday December 9th on Ratchet Blade Records. Check back for music and video links, or sign up for the Heathen Apostles mailing list in the sidebar of this page. Click HERE to preview and purchase Albatross.

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More Underwater Footage For Upcoming Music Video

Mather shot some underwater video footage that will be used in a music video for the upcoming Heathen Apostles single Albatross, due out Fall 2016 on Ratchet Blade Records. Underwater photography by the award-winning Cheryl Walsh, MUA Alta DeKoven, starry coat and headdress by Mather Louth, Skirt and neck ruff by Cheri Wilson Chagollan.

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“Requiem For A Remix” CD In Stores Today

Today is the day for the brick and mortar release of the Heathen Apostles’ remix album Requiem For A Remix, featuring remixes by Chopper Franklin, Almighty Watching and the Phantom of the Black Hills. Check back for more details, you can listen to Requiem For A Remix HERE.

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Heathen Apostles’ “Misery and Gin” EP Out Now

The new Heathen Apostles EP Misery and Gin is out today, you can preview and purchase it in the Heathen Apostles store (by clicking HERE) or at iTunes, Amazon.mp3 or anywhere you get your music! Check out this tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard.

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“Misery and Gin” Video BTS Photos

The video shoots for both of the Misery and Gin music videos (teaser and full length) have wrapped, and a gallery of behind-the-scene photos has been uploaded. The Misery and Gin EP will be released this Friday, July 22nd on Ratchet Blade Records, and the release show is Thursday July 21st at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, Ca. Click HERE to view the Misery and Gin Video BTS Photo Gallery.

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Heathen Apostles “Misery and Gin” EP Cover Released

The cover art for the upcoming Heathen Apostles Merle Haggard Tribute EP Misery and Gin has been released, it features Mather Louth and Chopper Franklin in a photo by Lawrence Drayton. The Misery and Gin EP will be out July 22nd, 2016 on Ratchet Blade Records, and the music video for Misery and Gin will debut that week as well. The release show is scheduled for July 21st at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, Ca. and will also feature Charlie Overby & the Broken Arrows and Paul Cauthen. Click HERE for tickets.

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Misery and Gin EP cover photo by Lawrence Drayton.


Heathen Apostles’ “Misery and Gin” EP out July 22nd

The Heathen Apostles will be releasing their Merle Haggard tribute EP Misery and Gin on July 22nd on Ratchet Blade Records. It will feature the two songs they performed in May at the Merle Haggard tribute concert Misery and Gin and I’m Gonna Break Every Heart I Can. The EP will also feature a remix of I’m Gonna Break Every Heart I Can by Almighty Watching. A release show has been scheduled for July 21st at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, Ca. Also appearing will be Charlie Overby and Paul Cauthen. Check back for more details.

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