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?

 

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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

For release: April 10, 2018 – The Apocalyptic Lovers were added to FM Radio again thanks to Keith Knight and The Knight’s Den Metal Show on WLJS 91.9 FM.

This Tuesday evening April the 10th, the band’s vocalist Robert Kane will be on live with Keith chatting all things Apocalyptic Lovers. Make sure to tune in and catch the latest on the bands vinyl campaign, covers EP and the long awaited new full length album. Rob may even touch on a potential live show or two that are in the works. If you want to catch Robert live, we hear his call in time is around 10:30 EST for those of you on the East coast.

The radio show airs on Tuesday nights 9:00 -11:00 PM CST (USA) and you can tune in several ways depending on your listening preference.

If you are not in the FM listening area, you can stream live via:

1. www.theknightsden.com/listen

2. http://atwww.jsu.edu/radio

3. Free TuneIn app available in most app stores.

This weeks lineup is set to include Apocalyptic Lovers along with: Bad Wolves Breaking BenjaminSevendust Tremonti Black Plague Shaman’s Harvest Madman’s LullabyRaven Black Titans In Time From Ashes to New Trivium Reality GreyVillain of the Story The Dead Daisies No Resolve Valis AblazeDarkSummer

The Apocalyptic Lovers would like to thank Keith of The Knights Den Metal Show on WLJS 91.9 FM for all his support in the past and most recently for all the help with the vinyl record campaign.

The industry could use more forward thinking and open minded DJs like you to give the unsigned and indie artists a platform to launch from.

Live on WLJS 91.9 FM, The Knights Den Metal show welcomes singer Robert Kane of the Apocalyptic Lovers.

Vinyl version of Redemption Vol I. to be released with your help!

For release: March 13th, 2018 – Fans can soon assist their Apocalyptic Lovers in getting the Michael-Wagener-mixed album, Redemption Vol I. released for the first time on vinyl.

The band has a limited number of days to obtain 100 orders, and if that goal is reached, the vinyl version of Redemption Vol I. will ship to doorsteps worldwide!

The first 100 orders will also include a nice incentive: an exclusive, autographed photo and custom, Apocalyptic Lovers guitar pick.

While links will be shared on social media, fans can go to one central location to purchase the vinyl version of their album via www.apocalypticlovers.com.

The vinyl campaign will begin March 19th and conclude on April 19th, so all orders must be made on or before April 19th for the pressing to launch.

Founding members of the band, David Hope and Mike Nagy along with Robert Kane and Sean Magee, ask friends, family members, and fans to please share this info far and wide to help make their bucket list item of Redemption Vol I on vinyl a reality.

Legendary producer, Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Metallica, Skid Row, Dokken, Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper, Extreme, White Lion, et al.) mixed Redemption Vol. I at his Wireworld Studio in Nashville. On vinyl, Redemption Vol. I is sure to become an instant classic with fans of arena rock and 80’s hair metal. Head to the band’s website now to place your order before its too late!

Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner, Super Stroke) along with Apocalyptic Lovers and more on Hair Metal Mansion this week!

January 30, 2018 – This Thursday on the Hair Metal Mansion radio show Jeff Pilson, bassist of the 80’s metal band Dokken and now Foreigner, speaks on his multiple projects coming in 2018.

One of many projects we hope he touches on is his new band featuring the original Dokken line up minus Don Dokken. The band consists of George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Wild Mick Brown and vocalist Robert Mason (Warrant/Lynch Mob). The project is called Super Stroke and rumor has it a new album is on the way via Frontiers Records.

Please make sure to stay tuned in and check out all the great tunes that Hair Metal Mansion with Andrew the Axeman will be spinning including  Dokken, Foreigner, new Bulletboys, WASP, LA GunsApocalyptic Lovers and all the best new and classic melodic rock!

Not only will you hear another great interview from Andrew with Jeff, but Andrew also has new details on the Apocalyptic Lovers and their new Covers EP as well as Redemption Vol 2.

The premiere simulcasts on multiple stations, but tune into one of the bands favorites at 9:00 PM EST:

– Philly Rock Radio: www.phillyrockradio.com 

Can’t catch the premier on Thursday? Click HERE for a complete list of all the radio show affiliates dates and times.

Radio station take over by the Apocalyptic Lovers. Tune in Thursday the 16th to Dee Rocks Radio at 2:00 PM EST(USA) and crank it up!

November 14th, 2017 – The Apocalyptic Lovers album Redemption Vol. I mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener has been out a little over a year and the album and band are still enjoying radio success. Tina’s Thursday Night Live host Tina Keatley has invited all four members of the band to guest DJ on her show this Thursday the 16th. Since Tina’s show spins a great variety of melodic rock, classic rock and hair metal, the guys jumped at her invite to spin some of their favorite tunes on her show.

Tina’s Thursday Night Live is on every Thursday in the UK at 7:00 PM (UK time) on the little station making a ton of noise these days Dee Rocks Radio. Dee Rocks Radio has die hard listeners and they are all about great music and supporting the local and national acts alike.

This Thursday (2:00 PM, EST USA) you will be able to hear Dave, Mike, Rob and Sean on air as they each pick a few of their classic favorites as well as a tune from Redemption Vol I. Tina will also be on and spinning a medley of songs in the last hour along with her usual antics!

Apocalyptic Lovers guest DJ details:

Station: Dee Rocks Radio

Show: Tina’s Thursday Night Live – hosted by Tina Keatley

Date and time: Thursday, November 16 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST (USA)

Mobile? Use the free TuneIn app and search Dee Rocks Radio

On air: Host Tina Keatley, Drummer Dave Hope, Bassist, Mike Nagy, Singer Robert Kane, Lead Guitarist Sean Magee.

Stay tuned for details when the show will re air for those that can not tune in live.