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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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?