“If there is such a thing in the current fringe roots genre as a supergroup, it would certainly be…Heathen Apostles.” – James Carlson, The Examiner
“Their vision is all about testing the boundaries of their formula, going for a diverse, intuitive and forward-thinking tone. Their songs are like forgotten folk tales, murder ballads and dark stories, with a sinister twist.” – Jeff Goble, Folk N Rock
“Heathen Apostles has a dark current that roars through dense gothic tales surrounded by mountain music, back alley Jazz, murderous Americana, and bone-chilling Folk.” –Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root
Direct from Los Angeles, Heathen Apostles are pleased to announce their “Southern Gothic Tour” of the UK in July. Marking the band’s first appearance on British soil. Following the success of 4 European tours beginning in 2018 (with appearances at legendary festivals such asWacken Open Air and Belgium’s Sjock Fest), the band is excited to finally perform in the
land known for murder balladry that has directly inspired their unique blend of gothic roots music.
The tour also comes in continued support of their latest release Bloodgrass Vol. 3&4, with the band planning to shoot a music video for the album’s next single “Black Hawk” while abroad.
Born of the voices of past lives and baptized in the dust bowl dirt, the Gothic Americana music of the Heathen Apostles harkens back to a bygone chapter of American history. Using contrasting influences such as Bauhaus, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Pogues along with Howlin’ Wolf, Loretta Lynn (the band covers her classic Fist City) and Bessie Smith, the Heathen Apostles have created a style of music that at once conjures both angels and demons, and will enlighten a darkened soul.
Crossing paths at a gathering one Indian summer evening, femme fatale bellower Mather Louth (Radio Noir) and rock n roll veteran Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Mau Maus, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes) quickly uncovered a mutual appreciation for murder balladry,
Americana, and memento mori. It was not long before a collaboration that sought to marry these interests in a sonic landscape, the Heathen Apostles, surfaced. The landscape was further tilled with the addition of Thomas Lorioux (The Kings of Nuthin’) on bass and Luis Mascaro on violin.
Their 6 albums – Boot Hill Hymnal (2013), Fire to the Fuse (2015), Requiem For a Remix (2016), Bloodgrass Vol. 1 & 2 (2018), Dust To Dust (2019) and Bloodgrass Vol. 3 & 4 (2022) – along with their many EPs and singles (their release The Fall was named Best
EP of 2018 by Folk n Rock magazine), capture the essence of the Heathen Apostles modus operandi: Southern Gothic Americana imagery surrounded by haunting, minor-chord melodies, a myriad of musical influences including Gothic Roots, Bluegrass, Blues, and Gypsy Jazz, all deftly bound together by the band’s dark and sometimes brooding sense of a bygone age.
+ special guest Kelley Swindall
“An engaging raconteur with a mischievous smile as well as a very fine singer.” Americana UK
Georgia born, NYC/Nashville based Americana Artist, Kelley Swindall, has toured the US and now the UK , for the better part of the decade w/ her brand of self taught & styled southern folk blues.
Equally, at home in a biker bar or under a proscenium arch, she takes the stage solo, armed w/ her moxie and an acoustic guitar, singing about the stuff classic country is made of: heartache, heartbreak, redemption, and revenge, all filtered through a sassily southern perspective, w/ equal parts humor and pathos.
Her debut studio album, “You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want” ,was released on NYC based Velvet Elk Records in September of 2020, to glowing reviews , with American Songwriter declaring “Swindall affirms her place with ‘You Can Call Me Darlin If You Want”. Country Music People (UK) gave the album 5 out 5 stars, and Americana UK urged “Don’t let this masterpiece pass you by” . “Darlin’” was then named to several US and UK publications end of year “best of” lists, and enjoyed the #1 position on Europe’s Hot
Disc Top 40 charts for 6 consecutive weeks, as audiences took a shine to the strong and vulnerable
female characters that grace the songs.
She has since toured the UK extensively, sharing the stage and supporting artists such as Billy Bragg, Jim Jones Revue, The Urban Voodoo Machine , Robert Vincent, and fellow New Yorker Jesse Malin . 2023 kicked off with a debut C2C festival appearance ,on the Barrelhouse Stage at London’s 02 Arena . The year also promises the release of new music , beginning with the vibey tarantinoesque rocker “Now That the Good Is Gone”, a darkly western cinematic number, produced by Matt Chiavarelle (Courtney Love, Debbie Harry, Warren Zevon), out July of 2023.
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