The Bleeding Outlaw is an independent solo studio project by former Pagan Lorn guitarist Jos F. Kirps. Based on ideas originally developed in the late 1990s, the project slowly evolved within the past 10 years, and it is now in pre-production phase.


What does "The Bleeding Outlaw" mean?

The Bleeding Outlaw stands for the dying rebel, the dying spirit of rock 'n' roll. More details on what that means will follow at a later point in time.

What is it about?

It's an art project that will consist of music as well as of visual and plastic elements. The primary focus will be on the music, of course.

What will the final product look like?

The first album will feature 10 songs and a total of 12 tracks, with a total play time of about 55 minutes. I intend to release it in downloadable format, but also as a CD and as a vinyl LP.

Currently, I'm still working on the first album. If it should turn out to be successful, then I will turn the project into a trilogy consisting of three full-length records.

What's the current project status?

Right now the entire project is still in the pre-production phase, and about 90% of the songwriting is complete. The recording shall start in mid-2019, but I can't tell when the final record might eventually be completed.

Will there be live performances?

This will be a pure studio project, as I simply don't have the time to rehearse with a band or to perform live.

Will it be a political project?

Tom Morello (RATM) recently said that "All music is political, even Justin Bieber (...) Music either supports the status quo or challenges the status quo." So yes, it will be political, and it will not only have a social and a political message, but I will also try to create some new or even unexpected stuff.

Do you have a record company deal?

No, and I don't want one, as I don't believe in the system and in a music industry that has been standing still for the past 25 years.

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Music influences

Everything from Chuck Berry and 1950s rock 'n' roll, over The Beatles, The Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, and Motown, to 1990s heavy metal, alternative and independent music, from Einstürzende Neubauten over Slayer to Radiohead. Which doesn't mean that The Bleeding Outlaw will sound like any of these, of course.

Political views

Highly influenced by Karl Popper when I was a teenager, and so I'm not supporting one specific political party. In favor of a cooperative and collaborative Europe and of open borders, but highly suspicious of the lobby-driven monster the European Union has become. I can't support politicians who don't respect the youth, society, and the planet.

Freedom of speech and human rights are more valuable than copyright.

I know that most artists will disagree, but I don't care. I am against all kinds of censorships, and I strongly oppose the current EU copyright legislation, especially articles 15 and 17 (formerly known as articles 11 and 13).

As far as I know, I was the only artist in Luxembourg to openly oppose censorship in 2019, while most well-known musicians from our country either openly or secretly supported the new law, including the implied risks of censorship.

The internet is not my enemy.

I do not share the views of most musicians, and I will not blame Google, YouTube, Facebook, file sharing or the younger generations if my records won't sell. If an artist doesn't sell, then in most cases it's because the music is crap. Read my book on this subject if you'd like to know more about that philosophy:

GEMA / SACEM disclaimer

In order to physically publish music in some EU countries, an artist is legally forced to be registered and/or to register all works with a government-mandated collecting society and performance rights organization such as GEMA or SACEM for example.

Which means that I will be legally forced to cooperate with such organizations, but I do NOT share their views and I do NOT support their actions. It's quite the opposite in fact.

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