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.