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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact: David B. Hope

Email: apocalypticlovers@gmail.com

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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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.

Band debuts on Hard, Heavy & Hair with host Pariah Burke.

July 20, 2018 – Time has not stood still since the release of the Apocalyptic Lovers last release, but Redemption Vol I is still picking up steam. The album was recently discovered by Pariah Burke host of the syndicated radio show Hard, Heavy & Hair.

Hard, Heavy & Hair is syndicated on over 25 radio stations world wide including Hong Kong and the UK, so make sure to catch the Apocalyptic Lovers via Pariah’s web page on episode 161.

While you are at home, work or in your car, you can catch over 2 hours of new and classic rock/metal and Pariah guarantees to keep it loud and hard!

Here is a look at this weeks show #161.

New music from Kissin’ Dynamite and Captain Black Beard a band that a member of Kiss said has “guts and glory written all over them“.

News about Great White [Band], Robert Mason, George Lynch, and a real bourbon tragedy.

Power ballads and soul-shakers by Faster Pussycat, SKID ROW, Great White, Five Finger Death Punch, Eclipse, and Lansdowne

House-rocking, headbanging hits and deep cuts from Baton Rouge, Def Leppard, Pariah, RATT, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Dokken, WARRANT, a Lita Ford song other than the 2 you always hear on the radio, and more!

Click the following link to listen commercial free: Hard, Heavy & Hair – #161 – Apocalyptic Lovers and Big Cocks – http://www.pariahrocks.com/

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 Pariah Burke and his show Hard, Heavy & Hair for spinning them and the many other great hard rock bands!

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Thank you! Band’s vinyl album mission complete.

May 25th, 2018 – Shortly after the Apocalyptic Lovers revealed their last and maybe coolest incentive for ordering the vinyl version of their Michael Wagener mixed album, Redemption Vol I, the campaign reached goal. The all new, exclusive album art launched them over the hump, and after speaking with founding member David B Hope, they are thrilled.

Hope: “I know this is hard to believe about me, but I am just about speechless. I mean, with the album being released worldwide for two years now and already on every format but vinyl, I was not so sure we could pull it off. This just proves that there is a very dedicated fan base out there worldwide that loves and supports this genre of music and that they are awesome.

“In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think anyone really knew how important this was to us and how badly we wanted it to happen. Many probably don’t realize that my bassist Mike Nagy and I have been in bands together since about 1985. We started Love And War together around 90/91, and it was an all original melodic rock project that evolved into what we are now.

“Mike and I would talk as far back as high school about how cool would it be to have our music on a vinyl record. The size, the feel, the art work, we both loved all of it and collected for that reason. Little did we know that vinyl would go away and little did we know that 30 plus years later we would end up with a successful campaign to make a dream a reality. I mean really? Our own fricking album will soon be in our hands on gorgeous vinyl with all new exclusive art work. It’s really just a wow moment for the both of us.”

Now that the campaign has come to an end with the results the guys were hoping for, I asked Hope if there will be an opportunity for fans to have another chance at getting the album on vinyl one more time.

Hope: “I am not really sure, to be honest. Since the album had been out two years, we were very unsure if this vinyl “kick starter” type campaign our singer Rob brought to the table would even work. Between the names in the liner notes, the new art work, and the signed photo and guitar pick, we put everything we had into creating more than enough incentive for fans of us and this music to drop almost $40 per album and thankfully it worked.

“Since we met our goal and the vinyl is now going to press, we have completed what the record company calls phase one. There is a possible phase two, three, and four, and as of right now we are speaking with the record company about how it all works. Personally and as a band we are rather spent on working this album and more than ready to move onto our next two projects. If the record company thinks we can toss out a link and leave it there and just let the orders accumulate over time minus the incentives, we are very down with that scenario. Based on past experience with our limited edition CD, when you sell out of something and fans start posting images of the album on social media when they get it or play it, all of a sudden everyone wants one. When our new vinyl with that new art hits homes and starts popping up in music groups all over Facebook, I sure hope we have somewhere to send those that were late to the party. I guess that will all be up to the record company and how their model works. Once we have all the details, believe me, the fans will know.

“Coming full circle, I know Sean and Rob are thrilled we made goal and we are all going to have our album released on vinyl. I just can not stress how much this has meant to two former high school kids standing in lunch line talking about starting a band together like it does for Mike and myself. We would have never thought that two kids from Youngstown, Ohio would one day have their original music mixed by a legendary producer like Michael Wagener and then released on vinyl. Did not see that coming and from two very big vinyl geeks to the rest that bought the album along with us, a huge THANK YOU and horns up!”

Following the brief conversation with Hope, he said that the band is now going to turn their full attention to making sure their new full length album and covers EP make their target release dates of February and March of 2019. He also stated that they are now in the planning stages of playing their first ever festival show over seas in the U.K. in the summer of 2019 as well. For a bunch of guys that missed the boat with MTV back in the day, they do not seem to plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Congratulations gentleman on your vinyl campaign and all the best with the future releases and festival show in 2019. Anyone wishing to keep up with when the vinyl will hit homes, plus any other related events with the band, should bookmark and visit their home site often at www.apocalypticlovers.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive new album art unveiled for the vinyl release of Apocalyptic Lovers – Redemption Vol I.

May 23th, 2018 – As the vinyl campaign for the Apocalyptic Lovers comes to a close, the band revealed their last and maybe coolest incentive for ordering the vinyl version of their Michael Wagener mixed album Redemption Vol I: all new, exclusive album art.

When asking around about the new album art, it seems no one in the band’s camp really knew it was happening. We reached out to founding member and drummer David B Hope and asked why the new art and why unveil it so late in the game.

Hope – “We were really happy with the original art, but in this day and age, bands and artists could really have different album covers based on the multiple formats that are out there. If you think about bands that go straight to digital, like iTunes or Amazon Music, the album art is really never bigger than a thumbprint unless you go out of your way to enlarge it. Honestly, that was part of the thinking for the original art and it worked really well and it popped off the screen. When you have the opportunity to release your work on vinyl, it is an entire new ballgame. The size alone lets you do so much more regarding details with album art, it’s fantastic. I also thought, new and exclusive art to this vinyl release would make it even more special to own for all those vinyl collectors.

“This vinyl version of Redemption Vol I is going to be a very limited run, so when all is said and done, there should only be between 100 to 300 copies floating around worldwide. Our entire band likes vinyl records and for our bassist Mike Nagy and myself (who are huge vinyl geeks), we really talked about making this entire campaign not only fun, but very special for everyone involved. We already knew that the vinyl would be numbered for collectors, so Mike and I thought giving the first 100 orders a signed photo and custom guitar pick would make it even more fun for collectors like us. The campaign ran for a bit, and Mike and I were chatting about how much more room was on the album compared to a CD or even the old tapes. That’s when we came up with the idea of The Rocking 100 and including the names of the people who placed the first 100 orders in the album liner notes as a big thank you!

“We started prepping for the end of the campaign, and as the numbers grew closer to goal and we fielded messages about friends and fans ready to jump in and make sure the campaign launched, we knew we had to start prepping all the art work and music files. My wife and I started discussing the album art and recreating the original art for the vinyl and that’s honestly when it hit us and we were like – let’s go for it and come up with all new art for the vinyl release. We are all very excited for when the album actually ships to homes worldwide. All the incentives for the first 100 orders are cool, but to actually hold your own record, slit open the cellophane, and look at all the detail in the album art is going to be a dream come true.”

Anyone interested in the band’s vinyl campaign will have until 11:59 PST on May 24th to place their order. As David stated above, not only will there be exclusive album art, but those who place the first 100 orders are thanked in the album liners and receive an exclusive signed photo and guitar pick. All orders may be placed by going to the bands vinyl store here. 

 

 

 

 

 

“Commencing countdown, engines on (five, four, three)”

May 17th, 2018 – What an exciting week we have ahead as our vinyl campaign begins to come to a close, so I thought I would start it off with a thought or two!

It has been an interesting year for the band and for myself. We have achieved many goals, both personally and professionally. Working with legendary producer Michael Wagener was truly an honor and an incredible learning experience.

We have been fortunate to connect with many music lovers since the release of our album, and we are blessed to call you all our friends. As the end of our vinyl campaign nears, we want to thank all of you who have placed your orders so far, and hope a few of you fence-sitters jump in and join the party.

Being a huge music fan myself, I can say that there is nothing quite like the experience of a new record. From carefully opening the cellophane to reading every liner note; from the smell of the fresh ink to the sound of the needle hitting the gleaming vinyl for the first time, a new record takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey.

With that said, we are working on new material for our follow-up album as well as a covers EP, which will become our focus as we head into 2019. So here’s to the end of our campaign and to future adventures. We’re thrilled to have you along with us for the ride.

David B Hope, drummer – Apocalyptic Lovers.

Editors note: Fans interested in the bands vinyl campaign have until 11:59 PST on May 24th to place their order. The bands yet to be titled full length follow up album is tentatively scheduled for February 2019 followed by their covers EP We Salute You a tribute to the bands that helped shape their sound.

 

 

 

 

 

Manamal Radio, The Rocking 100 and a new interview with bassist Mike Nagy all on tap this week!

May 3rd, 2018 – The  Apocalyptic Lovers album Redemption Vol I mixed by Michael Wagener made it’s debut on The Manamal Streaming Radio station last week with rave reviews. Fans can also catch bassist Mike Nagy in a one on one interview with Manamal host and DJ Misti Dawn right here. Mike and Misti touch on many topics including the bands current vinyl campaign and their up coming new full length album and covers EP. Please check out the interview here.

Manamal Radio is a new station based out of Virginia that should please many listeners that are tired of mainstream rock radio. The owners Suzy and Paul state on their facebook page – “Welcome to our new streaming radio station ” The Manamal” playing all the great songs you don’t hear on the radio! The new home for everything that rocks!”

The band also debuted this week their new incentive program for their current vinyl campaign called the #Rocking100. The band is getting very close to their goal to launch Redemption Vol I on vinyl, so they thought they would unveil this new incentive.

On May 1st via their drummer Dave Hope’s facebook page, Hope mentioned that initially the #Rocking100 was going to be a surprise for the first 100 fans that placed their order for Redemption Vol I on vinyl. The first 100 orders were already receiving an exclusive guitar pick and signed photo, but now Hope had revealed the final piece of the puzzle to hopefully put the band over their vinyl campaign goal.  The first 100 orders that are placed that initiate the vinyl going to press, will be thanked in print in the liners notes of the vinyl version of Redemption Vol I.

Hope stated – “This campaign is a lot like a kick starter and it takes everyone including band members to get it to launch and get our baby on vinyl. I know how much this vinyl means to myself and our bassist Mike, so knowing we would have more room on the vinyl packaging, it was really a no brainer to include everyone’s name in the liner notes that helps make it hopefully happen. We wanted to surprise everyone when and if they receive the vinyl record, but with time running out and our campaign being over 50% of the way there, we thought it would give us that extra little push to the finish line.”

As this article goes to print, the band just needs 19 more orders to be granted their final extension for the campaign and just 39 total to have it be pressed. For anyone interested in more details or sampling the Michale Wagener mixed album please click here.