Exposé Online banner

Ape Shifter — Ape Shifter
(Maximum Booking BSO40 1639, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-03-26

Ape Shifter Cover art

Jeff Aug is the guitar hotshot in this three piece German instrumental hard-rock / psych / metal outfit. Somewhere I had heard the name before, and indeed after a little research I discovered I am the owner of his 1998 CD titled Before Then After, according to a database I keep. I can’t recall what it sounds like, and I can’t find it in all the boxes of old CDs down in my basement. Aug is certainly an accomplished player, although from what is presented here it’s just within this super hard edged effected stoner rock style, kind of like some of what Randy California was doing back in the mid-80s, but without any lyics or vocals, so every song is just an assemblage of flashy riffage and not a lot more. Joining Aug are drummer Kurty Münch and bassist Florian Walter, both working together to support the guitar pyrotechnics. The info-sheet from the label calls Ape Shifter a progressive rock ensemble, but I just don’t hear that, unless that’s a term that applies to anything outside of mainstream pop, or anything that doesn’t feature vocals. What I hear is pure instrumental guitar riffage delivered with a punk-rock vengeance. I like it, but honestly after three or four songs I’ve had more than enough. Listening to the entire 11 tracks was a real chore. Your mileage may vary.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Ape Shifter, Jeff Aug

More info
http://apeshifter.bandcamp.com/album/ape-shifter

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Kaipa - Angling Feelings – What is Roine Stolt doing? First he leaves The Tangent and now he's flown the coop from Kaipa, a band he helped form in 1975. I can only guess he's focusing his efforts on getting Flower Kings...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues