Danish FREDDY AND THE PHANTOMS release today their sixth studio album “Heathen Gospels”, which is a melting pot of country, blues and desert rock and their most fully-toned Americana record to date. The album offers a ride into the open landscapes with sky-high promises, while a deep desperation hides in the valleys of the mind. With these Heathen Hymns, the band focuses on big personal questions such as freedom, spirituality, betrayal and the eternal desire for power, money and carnal desires. 

We have written the album during the autumn of 2023 and it is our most collective effort so far. Everyone has contributed to the songwriting and compositions, and we have let the songs and melodies dictate where the track should land, which has resulted in a very varied, unpolished and melodic expression that we have not explored in the same way before. In January 2023 we played in the USA for the first time, with three shows in Asbury Park, so no doubt some inspiration was brought home for this record” – states the band. 

“Heathen Gospels” was recorded in the band’s own studio in the countryside in Hornbæk on the North Coast of Sealand. The record is mixed by Knut Haavik (Hotel Hunger, Atterman etc.), who has assisted the collective in bringing the cinematic qualities of the songs to life, while retaining plenty of warmth and presence in the sound. Sonically, the listener has arrived together with the band somewhere on the “Nordic Prairie” and is invited on a journey of discovery into an epic universe that stands on the shoulders of legends as The Band, Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top and The Doors. 

“Heathen Gospels” is out today on LP (black vinyl, limited to 300 units) and digital formats via Target Records. Orders are available here.

Photo: Jacob Fox Maule

“Heathen Gospels” tracklist:
1. Heart Is A Highway
2. Skeleton Man
3. Blues Trap
4. Blood
5. The Road Goes On Forever
6. Get High
7. Tuesday’s Gone
8. Time Flies By
9. Morning Mist
10. I’ve Been Waiting So Long 

Recording lineup:
Frederik Schnoor: vocals, electric guitar, harmonica, acoustic guitar 
Rune Rene Hansen: drums, vocals, percussion, production 
Anders Haahr: Hammond, keys, synths, acoustic guitar, cello, vocals, slide guitar 
Søren Nielsen: bass, acoustic guitars, slide guitar, vocals 
Stine Liebman: choirs 
Knut Haavik: mix 


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