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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.