Apocalyptic Lovers Launch Blog

We have made the “NEWS” section on our site more robust by starting a blog that will help keep the website consistently up to date while also giving us an outlet to share our latest adventures, album reviews, industry outlook, etc. We will now be able to update the section as needed to keep YOU, our friends, family & FANS in the loop with the most current happenings on the band.

In addition to current news, album reviews, and the like, we will post band alerts to notify you when we’re doing radio interviews or LIVE Q&A on Facebook.

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Apocalyptic Lovers

Better Days ahead!

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Email: apocalypticlovers@gmail.com

Better Days ahead

Phoenix, AZ – October 19, 2020 –

A record company executive once told Queen that their song Bohemian Rapsody was too long to be their next single, clocking in at 5:54. Most hits hover around three minutes, but most bands aren’t Queen, and we all know how that worked out. 

Better Days, the new music video from the Apocalyptic Lovers, drops on Tuesday, October 20th. Because we are not Queen, and the song is over five minutes long, we never released it as a single. But, Better Days is personally my favorite track from Redemption Volume I, and when I first heard producer Michael Wagener’s final mix, the hair on my arms stood on edge. Our lead guitarist, Sean MaGee, wrote the entire song a long time ago, and it is crazy how relevant it still is today. 

Since COVID hit, the recording of our new album was bumped to 2021. With not much else in the works, I was already chatting with my Wife about doing a video for Better Days. Then in March and April, texts and emails came flooding in from our fans. They were thinking just like we were – that with all that is going on in the world, this song is as meaningful as ever. They want to see a video for this song, and we are excited to finally announce its release. 

We wanted to do something really different for Better Days to help raise awareness and funds about the state of the entertainment industry. It was the first to shut down, and it will likely be the last to make a full comeback. So many musicians, their crews, and behind-the-scenes people are out of work. And while we are an indie band too, with limited reach, we hope our efforts will snowball into fundraising and inspiring other musicians to do something similar with their music and videos.

The inspiration behind Better Days was Van Halen’s 1992 video for their big hit, Right Now. The imagery from that video has stuck with me after all these years. We took the idea and went a few steps further in hopes of bringing awareness to the industry workers who need help right now. We chose to highlight a legit charity, MusiCares, that was set up by the Grammys to help those out of work in the music business. We also tried to bring awareness to the many independent venues in danger of closing by mentioning the #SaveOurStages campaign. And because we are tired of the bad news that seems to constantly surround us these days, we tried to lighten the mood with a little humor and a few nods to our inspiration, Van Halen. Shockingly and sadly, the music world lost Eddie Van Halen on October 6th. As we were finalizing edits, we made sure to include a proper acknowledgement to Eddie and Van Halen in there as well. I mean, if it were not for Eddie, our guitarist and many around the world would not play like they do today.

Besides raising awareness for this serious subject matter, we plan on putting our money where our mouths are. We are donating all streaming revenue from the song and video to MusiCares from now until 12/31/2021. We all have full time jobs and families, so putting this video out and donating whatever we can from it is the least we can do. We are just one indie band, but if others could do the same and it spills over to major label acts, it could really add up. So, basically, views of our video will put funds into a charity that helps music industry workers and their families put food on the table, keep a roof over their heads, and pay medical bills. Like I said before, the industry was the first to close and will be the last to reopen. My wife used to work for one of the largest production companies in the Southwest, so we have witnessed first hand how bad this situation really is with many of our friends losing their livelihood. 

We hope fans, family, and friends will also help directly by donating to MusiCares (with one C). You don’t even have to like our video. As long as it gets views and people go to www.Grammy.com/MusiCares to donate to those in need behind the scenes, we all win in the end.

Here’s to Better Days ahead!

About the Apocalyptic Lovers: We invite you to put on your oversized headphones, sit back, and close your eyes. As the needle hits the groove of the record, the Apocalyptic Lovers’ music takes you to a time when arena rock and music videos ruled the air-waves. 

As their latest release, Redemption Volume I blasts through your system, you will find yourself immersed in the early 1980s metal scene via the infamous Sunset Strip of Los Angeles. 

This is due in part to the vintage mix of legendary rock and metal producer, Michael Wagener (Motley Crue, Queen, Ozzy, Dokken, Metallica, Skid Row, etc.) and his years of creating what the world now knows as the 80s LA Metal Scene or the Decade of Decadence

But, living and experiencing the 1980s and early 90s is something that can not be duplicated. From the edgy, hungry, sexy, first wave of metal out of LA in the early 80s to the corporate pop-rock of the late 80s/early 90s, the guys have seen and heard it all. 

Skipping a few tracks (or years) ahead, the Apocalyptic Lovers deliver the same ferocity that blew up teenagers’ bedroom speakers across the world with the likes of Def Leppard, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Tesla, Scorpions, and even a hint of Randy-Rhoads-inspired Ozzy Osbourne.

The Apocalyptic Lovers’ lyrics and music may have matured over the years, but there is no denying they embody the soaring vocals and shredding guitars that defined an era of rock and roll. 

With a massive new album already written, the Apocalyptic Lovers plan to forge ahead once they can support it with venue-crushing concerts that signal the rebirth of an era of music we all know and love. 

Stay tuned. 

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Two down, one to go!

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Email: apocalypticlovers@gmail.com

Two down, one to go!  

Phoenix, AZ – September 1, 2020 –  As promised, the Apocalyptic Lovers have launched a second live music video today in a string of three videos. So far, Change of Frequency and Who the Hell Are You (released today) have been live versions of songs from their Michael Wagener mixed album Redemption Volume I.

The third release will be a brand new music video for the opening track on Redemption Volume I, Better Days. With all that is going on in the world, founding member and drummer, Dave Hope started receiving many messages regarding Better Days – a song penned by the band’s lead guitarist, Sean Magee.

Hope stated, “We have something very special planned for Better Days and more details will be available soon. The video will hands-down be our best to date and we hope to do a lot of good with it as well. The entertainment industry and everyone involved behind the scenes went down day one, and they will be the last to be back up and running. We know we are not the Stones or Def Leppard, but we hope to help everyone affected by the work stoppage in what little way our band can.

“The story for now is this live video for Who the Hell Are You that we pulled from our Whisky A Go Go gig in Hollywood opening for Dokken. Since almost all the concerts have either been canceled or rescheduled and most new albums put on hold, we thought it would be cool to re-share a very fun and magical night via this video.”

The band hopes everyone is able to find a small escape with these first two live videos.  Further information will be made available once a release date is set for the Better Days video (rumored release date of 9/29/2020). The band welcomes anyone within radio, podcasts, public relations, or rock/metal websites to please reach out regarding the upcoming Better Days video.

Watch Who the Hell Are You performed live from the Whisky A Go Go:

About the Apocalyptic Lovers: Reminiscent of when arena rock and music videos ruled the air waves, the Apocalyptic Lovers consists of all four original members: founding member Dave Hope, vocalist Rob Kane, lead guitarist Sean Magee, and bassist Mike Nagy. Once based out of the rust belt city of Youngstown, Ohio, the four members now populate great cities in AZ, PA, RI and VA, but this has not deterred them from writing, recording and planning world domination one fan at a time.

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Some videos while we wait!

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Some videos while we wait! 

Phoenix, AZ – August 11, 2020 – Like many bands across the globe, the Apocalyptic Lovers have put the brakes on releasing their new album in 2020. The glass half full, the band has more new tunes to fight over when the dust settles plus videos on the way for musical relief in more ways than one.

Over the next month (beginning today) the band will release three new music videos for fans to enjoy and share. The first two videos are live versions of songs from their Michael Wagner mixed album Redemption Volume I. First out of the gate today will be Change of Frequency followed by Who the Hell Are You on September 1st.

The third release is going to be a brand new video for the opening track on Redemption Volume I, Better Days. With all that is going on in the world today, founding member and drummer Dave Hope started receiving a lot of messages regarding Better Days – a song penned by the bands lead guitarist Sean Magee.

Hope stated – “We have something very special planned for Better Days and more information will be available as we nail down a release date for it and finalize some details. The video will hands down be our best to date and we hope to also do some good with it as well. Like I said – a lot more to come on that one!

The real story for now, would be the first two live videos we pulled from our Whisky A Go Go gig in Hollywood opening for Dokken. Since almost all the concerts have either been canceled or rescheduled and most new albums put on hold, we thought it would be cool to re-share a very fun and magical night via these two videos.

We originally put the entire concert video out on Youtube, but if most people have an attention span like I do, one might get through one or two songs at best. We picked our favorite two performances from that evening and will showcase each individually. When you watch the videos, you can just see and hear the magic of an all original live rock show. We had never played the Whisky before and no one really knew who the hell we were, but you can just see how the crowd gets pulled in with each song. Its cool because it really is the music that wins them over. We are much older now and and not as pretty as we used to be (laughs out loud), so I know its not us! I always like to say, we may not have the hair, but we sure as hell still bring the metal.”

The live version of Change of Frequency from the World Famous Whisky A Go Go will launch a little later today (August, 11) followed by Who the Hell Are You (September, 1st) and Better Days sometime in mid September. Further information will be made available once a release date is set for the Better Days video.

Watch Change of Frequency performed live from the Whisky A Go Go:

About the Apocalyptic Lovers: Reminiscent of when arena rock and music videos ruled the air waves, the Apocalyptic Lovers consists of all four original members: founding member Dave Hope, vocalist Rob Kane, lead guitarist Sean Magee, and bassist Mike Nagy. Once based out of the rust belt city of Youngstown, Ohio, the four members now populate great cities in AZ, PA, RI and VA, but this has not deterred them from writing, recording and planning world domination one fan at a time.

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APOCALYPTIC LOVERS 2019 and beyond!

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APOCALYPTIC LOVERS 2019 and beyond! 

Phoenix, AZ – February 5, 2020 – Looking back on 2019, the band members should have very fond memories as the years pass and maybe some of their best to date.

After seeing their album Redemption Volume I (helmed by long time Dokken producer Michael Wagener) released on vinyl at the end of 2018, none of the band members had any idea what was in store for 2019 and beyond.

Beginning with the rebranding of their band logo plus dozens of radio stations from web to FM adding songs, 2019 started off with a bang. Shortly after the first of the year the band then announced tickets would be going on sale to see them make their debut at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go on April 20th, 2019.

What many may not have know was, the Whisky debut not only had them come full circle since attending Foundations Forum in 1994 – a trip that garnered them (the only unsigned band, then called Love And War) a mention in Entertainment Weekly magazine, but also had them opening on the same stage with possibly their biggest influence growing up – DOKKEN!

The Apocalyptic Lovers marketing machine took off and the band sold out of their tickets for their time slot and the entire venue also sold out as well. Even with the gig on Easter weekend, fans came from all across the country and world to see the guys open for Dokken at the Whisky. Founding member and drummer David Hope said – “Had it not been Easter weekend, we could have easily sold double the amount of tickets we did. The coolest thing was, of all the tickets we did sell, only about six or so were friends or family. The rest were fans who previously bought our album, loved us, of course loved Dokken and also had the Whisky A Go Go on their bucket list. We made so many new friends / fans playing the sold out show with Dokken, it could not have gone any better.”

On the cusp of releasing their new album, the Whisky A Go Go was also the official release party for the reissued version of Redemption Volume I. The reissued CD was exclusive to The Whisky A Go Go performance until it went on sale to the public the following weekend. It contained a bonus song, all new art, photos, and lyrics. The bonus track is a demo from their upcoming album and is a rocker called Gasoline that Hope penned for his wife.

Currently, the band is laying low and working on their next release. All we really know is the working title is Redemption Volume 2 (rumors are there is already a new title) and they plan on two record release parties. They are planning on the west coast party being held at the Whisky A Go Go in LA and then holding a second one on the east coast with the venue still to be named (rumors are they are targeting the new HammerJacks in MD).

Moving forward in 2020, the Monsters of Rock Cruise(MORC) sets sail this coming weekend and the Apocalyptic Lovers will be on the ship! Well, sort of.

A die hard rocker who travels the world to see as many rock shows and festivals as he can, met up with the guys at their Whisky A Go Go show last April. He is also setting sail on the MORC this weekend and this evidently spawned #FindRoberto. In a video posted on the bands official facebook page, Roberto is wearing his Apocalyptic Lovers black concert T from the Whisky, white pants, shades and cooly invites cruisers to come find him on board to win free music and swag from the band. Roberto also states how much he thinks cruisers will enjoy the band and he just wants to introduce them all to the band and their music.

After confirming the swag with bassist Mike Nagy, we did get some updates on the new record. If all goes well with some personal things within the band, recording should happen sometime this summer with hopes of a fall/winter release in 2020. We were told that the release date is not set in stone.

We do know that the band has spoken with some indie labels, but they have made no decisions yet. They might even put the album out on a brand new label or just release it on their own like last time. Where they record and who will mix the album is still being debated as well. In past discussions, we have overheard everyone from Michael Wagener, Max Norman, Beau Hill to Johnny Lima, Ty Sims and Josh Roman. One band member thinks they should just do it all in house, so who knows who will win that wrestling match, but my money is Sean.

Lastly, we spoke to singer Robert Kane and he mentioned the new album will have ten or eleven tracks plus one cover song. We asked if one song was an instrumental and he could not confirm that rumor. He did mention that late 2020 and early 2021 that they will soon be reaching out to book within that time frame in hopes to have a steady dose of gigs when that new album hits.

Fingers crossed and horns up!

About the Apocalyptic Lovers: Reminiscent of when arena rock and music videos ruled the air waves, the Apocalyptic Lovers consists of all four original members: founding member Dave Hope, vocalist Rob Kane, lead guitarist Sean Magee, and bassist Mike Nagy. Once based out of the rust belt city of Youngstown, Ohio, the four members now populate great cities in AZ, PA, RI and VA, but this has not deterred them from writing, recording and planning world domination one fan at a time.

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VINTAGE ARENA ROCK RETURNS TO THE SUNSET STRIP WITH THE APOCALYPTIC LOVERS!

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VINTAGE ARENA ROCK RETURNS TO THE SUNSET STRIP WITH THE APOCALYPTIC LOVERS

 LOS ANGELES, CA – April 2, 2019 – Armed with an album helmed by long time Dokken producer Michael Wagener, the Apocalyptic Lovers return to Los Angeles for the first time in 25 years.

When the band hits the stage at 8:45 PM to open for Dokken at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go on April 20th, they will have come full circle since attending Foundations Forum in 1994 – a trip that garnered them (the only unsigned band) a mention in Entertainment Weekly magazine.

The band went on hiatus once the grunge scene peaked, but after consulting with former Guns ‘n Roses and Great White manager, Alan Niven in 2016, the Apocalyptic Lovers have rebranded (once Love And War) and returned with Redemption Volume I, mixed by producer Michael Wagener (Queen, Motley Crue, Dokken, Ozzy, Extreme, Metallica, Poison and Skid Row, to name a few).

On the cusp of releasing their new album, the Whisky A Go Go will also be the official release party for the reissued version of Redemption Volume I. The reissued CD will be exclusive to The Whisky A Go Go performance until it goes on sale to the public the following weekend. It contains a bonus song, all new art, photos, and lyrics. The bonus track is a demo from their upcoming album and is a rocker called Gasoline that Hope penned for his wife.

Attendees of the show are in for a real treat with the band’s silver bullet, singer Robert Kane. Kane’s lead vocals are on point and soar live. One album reviewer compared Kane to Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Tony Harnell (T.N.T.), and Don Dokken himself all rolled into one. This has fans of 80s arena rock grabbing tickets so they don’t miss the Apocalyptic Lovers’ one and only Los Angeles appearance in 2019.

About the Apocalyptic Lovers: Reminiscent of when arena rock and music videos ruled the air waves, the Apocalyptic Lovers consists of all four original members: founding member Dave Hope, vocalist Rob Kane, lead guitarist and writer Sean Magee, and bassist Mike Nagy. Once based out of the rust belt city of Youngstown, Ohio, the four members now populate great cities in AZ, PA, RI and VA, but this has not deterred them from writing, recording and planning world domination one fan at a time.

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As Whisky A Go Go show draws near, the band hits multiple radio shows.

March 8, 2019 – As the Apocalyptic Lovers prepare to open for Dokken at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California, they are taking to the air waves on a few radio shows.

Most recently, drummer and founding member David B Hope stopped by Hard, Heavy & Hair with host Pariah Burke. Pariah reached out to David to inquire about him co-hosting the indie segment of his show, chat about what the band is up to, and introduce his listeners to a very young, up-and-coming band, WALKER.

Apocalyptic Lovers also made their debut on several other radio shows/podcasts including the Jet City Rockers Show, the Record Machine Show, and the Rock Avenue Radio Show.

David had a great time hanging out with James Michael Hollenstein of the Record Machine Show and talking shop. You can listen to David and Michael discuss the Whisky A Go Go show and the perks their ticket buyers will receive. They also touch on the band’s re-issued version of Redemption Volume I (due March 19, 2019) and their new album coming out in late 2019. Michael always spins music on his show, so he picked his two favorite Apocalyptic Lovers tunes.

The Rock Avenue Radio Show hailing from Germany will see the Apocalyptic Lovers making their debut as well. Host Jörg Bonszkowski found the band via social media and reached out about introducing his listeners to the band. Make sure to catch Jörg introducing his listeners to the band on Tuesday, March 12 at 4:00 PM (EST).

The band’s music also made its debut on the Jet City Rockers Show with the incredibly funny hosts Captain Michele and Co-pilot Rob. These two have some of the best tongue-and-cheek commentary out there, so make sure to catch their show. The band debuted last week and the flight crew plans to continue spinning them in support of their April 20th Whisky A Go Go show opening for 80’s icon metal band, Dokken,

All the shows above are syndicated on multiple celestial and FM radio stations throughout the week. If you miss any of the shows, they will be posted on their respective websites to catch at your leisure.

Click on any of the links below for all scheduled radio affiliates and archived podcasts.

Hard, Heavy & Hair: Listen Free & Info

Record Machine Show: Listen Free & Info

Rock Ave Radio Show: Listen Free & Info

Jet City Rocker Show: Listen Free & Info

 

 

 

Band debuts on the Castle Rock radio show 107.8 FM in the U.K. with host Welsh Gene!

January 17, 2018 – Time has not stood still since the release of the Apocalyptic Lovers last release, but Redemption Vol I is still picking up steam via radio. The band and album was recently discovered by DJ Welsh Gene host of the The Castle Rock radio show.

The Apocalyptic Lovers will make their debut on the show this Thursday, January 17th. The show is two hours long and airs at 10:00PM UK time (5:00 PM EST in the U.S.A.). While you are at home, work or in your car, you can catch 2 hours of new and classic rock/metal streaming via Tudno 107.8 FM radio’s website worldwide!

Here is a look at this weeks show.

This week’s Castle Rock radio show will feature: Alterbridge, Poison & Anthrax along with new music from Karrier. Blindside Thunder, Dead Coyote and the Apocalyptic Lovers. Also from the dark Vaults of the Castle memory making tracks by,  Bad city, Miss Behaviour & Burn halo. Lastly do not miss an incredible version of a KISS classic by one of the most amazing female rock vocalists – Chez Kane.

Click the following link to listen commercial free: The Castle Rock Radio Show on Tudno radio 107.8 FM U.K.

You can also listen via the TuneIn radio app for free. Search Tudno 107.8 FM and look for a green logo.

The music business is not the same in many ways these days, but one thing that has not changed is the passion that people in all walks of life have for hard rock and heavy metal music. Apocalyptic Lovers want to send out a big thank you to Welsh Gene and his show  for spinning them and the many other great hard rock bands!

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Opening for Dokken at the Whisky A Go Go over spring break and a new album in the works set the stage for the Apocalyptic Lovers in 2019.

December 13, 2018 – Life for the Apocalyptic Lovers (formerly Love And War) in September of 1994 seemed to be moving on up. Upon their return from a successful stay at Foundations Forum (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal convention held in Los Angeles) the band was informed they were the only unsigned band mentioned in Entertainment Weekly Magazine (No. 242) in a full page spread titled Symposium for the Devil. Though the mention was small, the phone calls started to pour in and the trip to LA seemed to be paying off.

Two distribution deals where secured, an overseas tour was in the works, a new album was due out. and many U.S. shows were being booked. Then, like many hard rock and metal bands in the 90s, the wheels came off and the band took a very long break.

In April of 2016, the band returned, rebranded as the Apocalyptic Lovers with an aptly named new record Redemption Volume I. Not wanting to jump on any bandwagons, the band stuck to their sound and sought out long-time, legendary producer of Dokken, Michael Wagener to work on their album. Even though the music industry had changed, the album received very favorable reviews from the hard rock and metal community.

All four original members of the band live in different states these days, but continue to write music, market the band, and book live shows. Founding member and drummer, David B Hope had this to say in regards to playing live shows.

“Our goal since being back has been to use the web to target and reach the millions of fans who grew up on and still love our brand of music. We knew the timing was right when we saw kids in middle and high schools wearing Motley Crue and Kiss shirts. Our record release party went really well and we sounded even better than we did more than twenty years ago. Rob’s voice has aged well – he just nails the highs and sounds so good both in the studio and live. His voice, Sean’s guitar playing, and Mike’s bass playing really sets this band apart. As the drummer, I have the best seat in the house listening to these three play together, and Rob’s voice really is our silver bullet.

“We had no real plans to play after our record release party, but it went well and was so fun, I think we were bit by the rock & roll bug. So I have been attempting to book shows ever since, but in a new way. We only want to play a handful of shows per year and take time off to put out new music. For us, it’s really about writing and recording the music, so the shows are more PR for our album than anything else. Plus, with the less-is-more approach, the fans seems to be open to travel to see a band that is not out over-saturating the market.

“It just so happened that the planets aligned and hell must have frozen over, too for this DOKKEN show to happen,” Hope laughs. “The really difficult one to schedule is our founding bassist, Mike Nagy. Mike is a full time firefighter, so his rotating schedule is tough to schedule around, but with Dokken at the Whisky A Go Go on a Saturday night in LA, we had to make it happen, right? Dokken is the one band all of us in the band loved growing up and still love to this day, and playing with them at the Whisky is really a dream come true that we thought was going to happen back in the 90s. Better late then never.”

The Apocalyptic Lovers are set to hit the stage of the world famous Whisky A Go Go on Saturday, April 20th when they open for 80s icon, Dokken. The band would like fans to know that they have a small amount of fee free, discounted tickets to the Dokken show. These discounted tickets can only be ordered via the Apocalyptic Lovers website and should sell quickly since the show is all ages. At the time of this press release, the other bands on the bill have not been published. The Apocalyptic Lovers hit the stage at 8:45 PM and will unleash a 30 minute set containing songs from their Michael Wagener mixed album, Redemption Volume I.

As for their set list opening for Dokken, Hope said, ” We only have 30 minutes to introduce LA and the Whisky to the Apocalyptic Lovers, so we plan on picking the strongest songs from the album, and maybe a new one from our new record due out in 2019. The thing that excites us about the show besides performing is we will have a new second pressing of our CD to sell at the show along with new shirts. Both will be exclusively available at the Whisky, and we will place whatever is left in our online store.

“The exciting thing about the second pressing of Redemption Volume I is the entire packaging overhaul. This time out, it will have all new art work more inline with the limited edition vinyl we just released. The CD booklet is going from a couple pages to about 18, so it will have all the lyrics and more vintage photos of us and our fans. The CD connoisseurs will be thrilled that it will not be a CDR this time either. The cherry on top is that we may add a bonus song as well. The writing for our new album is going well and the demos sound great, so we may add one of the demos as a bonus song so fans can hear whats coming next. Since we plan on playing more shows in 2019, what we don’t sell at the Whisky, we will sell online or at the other live shows along with our new album when it’s released.”

This is sure to be a big spring break bash at the Whisky A Go Go with Dokken and the Apocalyptic Lovers. Make a night of it by grabbing dinner at the Rainbow Bar & Grill and head on over to see how much Dokken influenced the sound of the Apocalyptic Lovers. I am sure you will agree, they are a band that fans of the melodic rock/metal genre will fall in love with musically. Welcome back and go get ’em.

Dying Day, stop motion video, and three kids equals toy box mayhem!

November 21, 2018 – While the Apocalyptic Lovers are working on their full-length follow up to 2016’s Redemption Volume I, previously mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener, the band’s third music video dropped, and it’s a fun one!

The video is a mixture of stop motion video using Roblox band members, three young children, and the closing track from Redemption Volume IDying Day. It seems none of the band’s members knew a new music video was on the way, including founding member, drummer David B Hope.

“Redemption Volume I is the album that just wont stop,” laughs Hope. “We had just finished up promoting the album and were ready to move on when the vinyl album campaign happened. The campaign was fun, and now all the band members and some die hard fans have the album on vinyl in their hands. We were thrilled it happened and ended our push of Redemption on a high note.

“We then put out PR about the second full-length album coming in 2019 along with a cool covers EP, and we were full steam ahead with that and not looking back. I had just worked out a bunch of technical issues with my singer (Robert Kane) regarding recording my drums, and had just sent off the drum track for Back On My Feet to him when all of a sudden this new idea for a video dropped in my lap, thanks to my beautiful wife.

“Along with being the mother of five children and working full time, she is also working towards her masters degree. She is currently in a video production class and had to make a music video with certain parameters, so she asked me if she could use the song Dying Day. It’s my favorite song to play live, and maybe my favorite song on the entire album, so I was thrilled, but also curious about what was in her head. We were not playing live and really had no way of letting her shoot any video of us playing Dying Day.

“For me, the idea was always to have a killer video for this tune in the vein of a 90s Pantera video, so I had tons of ideas for the visuals and not sure how she was going pull it off. She came to me with the idea of doing stop motion with a toy rock band along with live video of kids playing with them. I’m not gonna lie, it took me a bit to warm up to the idea. But honestly, sometimes the best ideas are the ones that are way, way outside of the box and that have humor. Once I wrapped my head around what she was doing, I tossed in a couple thoughts on what the Roblox band members could do, and she was off to the races. Stop motion video is so tedious, I could not believe how much work it took. I would never have the patience,” laughs Hope.

“She got very creative with the children playing with the band members in the video to the point of the destruction of band members at times. Then the band comes to life and puts on a killer rock show with some very familiar moves. You might just see the Van Halen, Best of Both Worlds walk across the stage, a take on the Scorpions live pyramid, a homage to Queen, and even a special guest appearance by a certain hairy Star Wars character.

“This video was a lot of fun to watch being made and on top of that, we have a very fresh vision that we can share with fans for our song Dying Day,” says Hope. “If you are 5 to 65 years old, I am pretty sure you will ‘Crack a Smile,’ and enjoy and share this video with friends.”

The “Behind the Toy Box” music video for Dying Day can now be seen via YouTube and the band’s Facebook page. This stop motion music video is likely the last we will hear from the band regarding Redemption Volume I. According to Hope, the new album should hit in 2019 and will have 9 or 10 originals on it along with a surprise cover song as well.  He said the new material is going to blow people away and that the band is looking forward to more live shows with their next outing. Hope said more info on the two new albums and live shows will start to hit after the New Year.

Apocalyptic Lovers debut new live music video, but not without controversy.

August 28, 2018 – Amid a successful vinyl album campaign that put their most recent album Redemption Volume I mixed by Michael Wagener on vinyl, the Apocalyptic Lovers thought it would be fun to toss out a live and raw video of their performance of Who the Hell Are You? Seems simple and innocent enough, right?

The new music video consists of all five band members with multiple camera shots and live unedited audio directly from the soundboard. The song Who the Hell Are You is one of the more recent songs to make that album, and the band was pretty happy with how the raw live audio of the song sounded. Founding member David B Hope states, “There were several things about this video I really enjoyed and I thought our fans worldwide would dig it as well. First, considering that it’s directly from the sound board with no computer enhancements, we sound pretty cool, mistakes and all. Rock and roll was not meant to be perfect and we don’t use anything electronic to help perfect our live sound.

“The song was never demoed and we were thrilled it made it onto our latest album. We played the song for a few months before we split, but nothing more until we got back together 20 plus years later. We are very stoked to bring this song a new life.

“At this particular show, we wanted to have a friends-family-and-fans reunion of sorts, and we used both of our bass players who traded between playing bass and rhythm guitar. In this video, George Allan is on bass and Mike Nagy is on guitar, and that was a first for both guys. We are staying as a four-piece now with rhythm guitar duty being picked up by our singer, Rob Kane, but the trading on and off was good times for all involved, both on the album and playing live.” (Mike is another founding member of the band and will be the full time bassist in studio and live, unless duty calls and he is fighting fires in his hometown of Virginia.)

The band did a soft launch of the live video on YouTube and Twitter on August 18th and leaked it to die-hard fans as well. The band was then set to launch Who the Hell Are You with a major push via all social media on the 21st of August.  The launch went smoothly on all platforms until Hope attempted to embed the video and boost it on the band’s Facebook page.

Hope tried to load the video on the band’s Facebook page in multiple ways. He tried multiple browsers, file sizes, and other tricks to get the video to take. However, nothing seemed to let him launch. Since the video is not a YouTube link and can be boosted through the band’s page to Facebook and Instagram followers, there are many sensitive rules.  Remembering this, Hope was prompted to try one last thing before contacting support. He removed the word “hell,” and what do you know? After the tiny, four-letter-word was removed, the video launched within seconds.

It seems ironic that a word used in the Bible and on public television is dubbed too harsh for Facebook, while animal beatings, violence, and almost naked people show up in news feeds at an alarming rate. So, a word of caution – post and consume social media at your own risk!

If you’re not so easily offended by a mere word, take a moment to head to a page that does not give a “hell” (at least not as far as to censor it in its word form), and subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel. And while you’re there, like and share the new live, raw music video, Who the HELL Are You?