Ape Shifter is the current instrumental rock band by creative songwriter and accomplished guitarist Jeff Aug.
Musically, Aug’s style of playing is very reminiscent of Joe Satriani, Gary Hoey, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, with minor hints of Tony MacAlpine thrown in for good measure. There are 11 cuts of groove and riff powered instrumentals on this self titled debut album, and there is not a single dull moment to be found here.
The style of songwriting found here, is heavy at times, packed with plenty of catchy grooves, hooks, and an overall sound, which just gets you into the mood to rock out to Jeff’s talented and skillful playing. There is a lot of soul and emotion in Ape Shifter’s instrumental rock, which just made me feel really good when I was listening to it during the writing of this review.
This is the kind of music you’re prone to hear within your head a few days later after you’ve heard the record, which I think is a solid sticking point, as if you’re able to remember, you’re less likely to forget this band.
Keep in mind, it’ll take the average fan of rock music, especially instrumental rock music fanatics a few spins to really enjoy and get into this band’s style of melodic instrumental rock. The songs are not that overly complex and technical structure-wise, but the way this power trio present them is kind of unique in delivery and tone. Maximum Booking Sarjoo Devani