The Heathen Apostles are a Gothic Americana band formed in 2013 by Chopper Franklin and Mather Louth, who perform a mix of western music, with post-punk and Gothic rock elements. Two of their albums have been included in "best of the year" lists by Folk N Rock magazine.
Heathen Apostles began when vocalist Mather Louth, formerly of Radio Noir, and guitarist Chopper Franklin, a multi-instrumentalist known for his past with The Cramps and as a key figure in the Gothic Americana genre, met and shared their interest in all things dark and Western. They recruited upright bassist Thomas Lorioux, from the group The Kings of Nuthin’, and violinist Luis Mascaro.
Heathen Apostles have actively toured the United States and parts of Europe.
In 2019, proceeds from their benefit song "Paradise Lost" went towards victims of the California wildfires.