BORN BY LIGHTNING, the follow-up to the fifth Heathen Apostles album DUST TO DUST, contains 5 new songs that explore yet another facet of Gothic Americana: the blues. Available digitally on Ratchet Blade Records, the EP presents tried-and-true musical territory with the title track and the jangly “Devil Comes For All Of Us”, while expanding on the Heathen sound with a trio of hard-hitting sonic lightning bolts: “Death Bell Blues”, “Chosen One”, and “Scarecrow Blues”.
Whereas DUST TO DUST put the bluegrass of Bill Monroe into the woodshed with the Gothic tendencies of Siouxsie & the Banshees, BORN BY LIGHTNING slinks and slithers to the beat of the blues, with plenty of shouts, hollers, and heavy slide guitar. Singer Mather Louth explains: “My identity as a singer has always been deeply rooted in the blues, and Chopper and I knew for some time that we wanted to delve into the genre since it is very much a part of American roots music and thus under the collective roof of Americana. But being the Heathen Apostles, we had to bring things to the dark side, and I feel that BORN BY LIGHTNING manages to marry our signature Gothic Americana sound with the blues in a way that feels natural.” Guitarist/Producer Chopper Franklin adds: “We’ve been waiting to do a blues- based record for a while, and we’re very proud of BORN BY LIGHTNING. I remember seeing The Gun Club back when they were playing small clubs in Los Angeles and that dark, haunting sound was what we were going for with BORN BY LIGHTNING.”