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The best kept secret in music


"New Heathens Rock Socks Off"

"(The New Heathens) rocked my socks off this summer, singing about Paterson, NJ, Hunter S. Thompson and the West, but if you don't believe me, check out their profile on MySpace for a listen." - Chris Heaney,, November 2005. -

"Hot Nelly, New Heathens"

"Hot Nelly, it’s not often I hear something that sizzles my eardrums quite like Heathens Like Me the first album by New York City roots-rock upstarts the New Heathens. If it ain’t a classic, and it is compared to the crap that comes
invading through my car stereo every time I drive my Chevy to the levee, then it’s sure as hell a tremendous harbinger of great things to come for these five dudes." -- Bill James-Woods,,
October 2005. -

"Guitar interplay, good detail"

"...The New Heathens are one of New York’s newest bands to throw its hat into the roots rock ring. The band’s sound is defined by the guitar interplay between (Domenick) Tiziano and Butch Phelps, the group’s second six-
string slinger. What sets the New Heathens apart is an emphasis on detail and storytelling in songs, which touch on themes ranging from UFO sightings to criminal justice system failures in rural America." -- Avi Jones,, July 2005. -

"New Heathens: Ragged, Right"

"Ragged but right, that's what these guys sound like," -- -


Heathens Like Me, 2006


Feeling a bit camera shy


The New Heathens

The New Heathens, a New York City based quintet steeped in rootsy rock ’n’ roll, are set to release their first album which encapsulates both the band’s fiery live performances and skilled songwriting. The New Heathens’ self-produced debut record, Heathens Like Me, was recorded at Steve Earle guitarist, Yayhoo, songwriter, and uber-producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel’s Cowboy Technical Services studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Greg Duffin, who has worked with Robbie Fulks and Joan Osbourne, engineered the sessions.

Heathens Like Me is a gritty, eclectic mix of rock, country, folk and psychedelia. Tracks include the singalong rockers “Getaway Baby,” a jaunty story of female emancipation, and “141,” an autobiographical tale set on 141st Street in Harlem. Heathens Like Me also includes the ballad “When She’s Wasted,” the satirical foot-stomper “Back To Jesus,” and “Doomed Generation,” an homage to the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. As the song titles indicate, the album connects both coasts via blue highways. “Goodnight Paterson” explores the run-down New Jersey industrial town while “July 1, Near Helena, MT” tells a hilarious tale of alien paranoia combined with teen pyromania. Heathens Like Me closes with the rocker “For Cryin’ Out Loud,” a song performed by roots-rock supergroup the Yayhoos and written by Keith Christopher, a friend of the band who in addition to touring with the Georgia Satellites, Billy Joe Shaver and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, has also had his songs recorded by artists ranging from Ray Charles to Garth Brooks (and now, finally, the New Heathens).

Formed in early 2005 the New Heathens bonded over their love of music steeped in the American traditions of blues, folk, country and rock ’n’ roll. Singer/songwriter Nate Schweber, of Missoula, Mont., plays acoustic guitar and harmonica. Butch Phelps, a Chatham, Mass. native who cut his teeth in the Portland, Ore. music scene, plays a red telecaster. Domenick Tiziano, of Mundelein, Ill. coaxes scorching licks from his collection of guitars. Dan Ambrico, a hard-rocking veteran of several New York City bands, plays bass. When the New Heathens original drummer Fabrice Gamon moved to his home in Paris, Uwe Petersen, a wild German native who has recorded with New Orleans great Dr. John, joined the fold.

The New Heathens have performed with The Samples, the Pillcrushers, fronted by Greg Beshers who moonlights in Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker’s band as well as with fellow NYC alt. country belter Mary McBride. In addition, the Heathens gigged with singer/songwriter Jennifer Glass, who appears backed by Sam Bush on the Bruce Springsteen tribute album Light of Day, and Tommy Borscheid, formerly of the Minneapolis band The Honeydogs.

Kori Burkholder, manager