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.

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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Another radio debut and a thankful band for their vinyl campaign support.

March 21s, 2018 – Songs from the  Apocalyptic Lovers album Redemption Vol I mixed by Michael Wagener will be making their debut on Just4FunRadio.com today.

DJ and The Ruff Edge show host Jacob Gibbons aka The Guru of Rock’n Roll will be spinning his brand of rock and roll from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST  via Jsut4FunRadio.com. Since the band is  campaigning to get their current album on vinyl, they are very excited to debut on another great station streaming to millions of rock fans worldwide.

Fans can also tune into another good friend of the band Andrew the Axeman and his hair blazing syndicated radio show The Hair Metal Mansion. Andrew’s new show premiers on Thursday evenings and then makes appearances on almost 40 radio stations around the world over the next 5 days. The Hair Metal Mansion always has fantastic guests, so make sure not to miss Andrew’s guest tonight Vixen’s bassist Share Ross!

When the band realized they were going to campaign to get their current album on vinyl, they knew Andrew would be the “go to” guy reaching so many hair metal listeners. Andrew will be spinning something from Redemption Vol. I and giving details on how to help get the band’s album pressed on vinyl. Check the listings below on how to catch Andrew and his  show

The Hair Metal Mansion: 9:00 to 11:00 PM EST (USA)
​The premiere show simulcasts on 3 stations, in 3 countries;
– Philly Rock Radio: www.phillyrockradio.com 
– Rock Radio UK: www.rock-radio.co.uk
– Gateway To The North Radio: www.gatewaytothenorthradio.com

If on the go, each station has free mobile apps available! You can also find them on iTunes and TuneIn.

Closing out the the news for this week, the band would like to give a shout out and thank you to the following media and radio support they have received for their vinyl record campaign. There is no mountain too high for this group when it comes to rock and roll!

 

The Apocalyptic Lovers would like to request that if you tune in and check out any of the above stations, to please support them on all of their social media. If it were not for these stations, indie artists would have no voice in whats left of radio today.