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?

 

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.