Bloodgrass Vol. 3 EP

by Heathen Apostles

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Bad Patch 03:49
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Black Hawk 03:59
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Demi Monde 04:14
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Tall Rider 03:27

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2020 was a year of loss, reflection, and reevaluation. Trying as the times were to have a trio of tour cancellations both stateside and abroad as the live music industry seemingly evaporated overnight, the Heathen Apostles did not let the unexpected gift of time go to waste. To the contrary, the band channeled the turbulent year’s events and its complex emotions into their music, and the result- BLOODGRASS VOL. 3- is a collection of songs at once timely as they are timeless.

The EP opener “Bad Patch” uses the lyrical analogy of the 1930s Dust Bowl to express the collective desperation brought about by feeling at the mercy of the sort of devastation best described as an “act of God”. “Careful What You Pray For” touches upon the hypocrisy of self-righteous religious dogma and the damage it inevitably brings in its wake. “Black Hawk” moves the album in an introspective direction as Louth sings a tale of transformation by shedding the darkness in order to welcome in the light. As the title suggests, “Demi Monde” offers a return to the occult imagery the band has incorporated since its inception, while subtly paying homage to the fires of Beltane. Lastly, “Tall Rider” closes the EP on a cathartically optimistic note, plaintively serving as a reminder of the possibility to heal through love.

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released August 27, 2021

Mather Louth - vocals
Chopper Franklin - guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, drums
Thomas Lorioux - bass
Luis Mascaro - violin

Produced and mixed by Chopper Franklin
Recorded at the Devil's Doghouse, Echo Park, Ca.
All songs written by Louth/Franklin
Cover drawing by April Connors Ramirez
Layout by Chophouse Design

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Heathen Apostles Los Angeles, California

"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, who includes 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." - No Depression Magazine ... more

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