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AUGUST SPIES Launches Search For Mystery New Orleans Salesman/Songwriter With New Single Ahead of US Trip

16th May 2019

Hell Is For Heroes front man Justin Schlosberg, aka AUGUST SPIES, has revealed the video for his cover of ‘You Killed My Love’ by mysterious New Orleans songwriter Glyn Styler.

Watch it HERE: https://youtu.be/rFHpmPcwLF8

The track is the final single to be taken from his forthcoming Corruption of The Human Heart EP, set for release on 10th May 2019 with a limited edition 10” coloured vinyl version. Preorder now from: https://tinyurl.com/AugustCOTHH

“‘You Killed My Love’ was written by a musician in New Orleans who I once tried to stalk,” jokes Schlosberg. “I found out that he worked as a mattress salesman by day and resident crooner by night, and I’ve written him an open letter in a bid to try and meet up in New Orleans when I’m there at the end of May.”

Little is known of Styler: the alter ego of Brent Newman, a reclusive, middle-aged mattress salesman who performs live in New Orleans nightclubs where he can become suspended in time and mood. With a “swanky” wig on his head, a microphone in one hand and a cocktail in the other, Styler sings wrenching songs about lost love, betrayal and loneliness that come straight from his bleak, nihilistic and broken heart.

Schlosberg has launched an appeal on social media for fans to help him circulate the an open letter to Styler inviting him to meet up when he is over in the US, which can be seen here:

Dear Glyn

I came across your Live at the Mermaid Lounge EP a little over 20 years ago. I had never – and have still never – heard anything like it.

There couldn’t have been more than a few dozen in the audience that night but you could tell by the intensity and duration of their cheers that they knew they had just witnessed something truly monumental, something they’d never forget. A little piece of history.

The only thing I ever heard that came close to the brooding intensity of that record was Johnny Cash Live at Folsom. To connect the listener with an audience from such a distant time and place, to be moved as they were by every heart-wrenching word, every stabbing guitar chord, is something truly rare and transcendent.

A few years later I visited New Orleans and went looking for you. I asked at the Mermaid Lounge and someone said you worked as a salesman at a local mattress store but when I got there it was your day off.

Anyway, 20 years later and I felt compelled to do a cover version of You Killed My Love as a tribute. I hope you don’t hate it. If you’re still in town, I’ll be back in New Orleans end of May and would love to buy you a drink.

In any case, thank you.


Justin (August Spies)
Named after the 19th century ‘mayday’ union activist from Chicago, August Spies is a brand new project from Schlosberg, front man of cult UK post-hardcore band Hell is for Heroes, who released three acclaimed albums in the early 2000s and gained notoriety for their utterly compelling live performances.

Previous singles have picked up support from alternative and indie music outlets including Punktastic, Bring The Noise, Sound The Sirens, Soundsphere, Alt Corner, The Soundboard and many more.

Live dates TBA.

Corruption of the Human Heart is released 10th May 2019