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APE MACHINE Premieres New Song “THE SUN” From Upcoming LP “WAR TO HEAD”

APE MACHINE Premieres New Song “THE SUN” From Upcoming LP “WAR TO HEAD”


Portland, OR hard rock band APE MACHINE will roll out its sophomore album War to Head on September 20 via its guerrilla label Ape Machine Music.  Recorded at The Magic Closet Studios with Isaiah “Ikey” Owens (Mastodon, The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio) and mixed at Supernatural Sound (The Thermals, Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse), the album delivers nine tracks of heavy, organic music that melds exhilarating ambitiousness with a well-honed accessibility.  Today, AOL Music‘s Noisecreep gives music fans a first listen of new APE MACHINE material, premiering the new song “THE SUN“.  Check out “THE SUN” now at this location.

APE MACHINE “War to Head”

The name APE MACHINE is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment.  With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, APE MACHINE‘s music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock’s glorious early years (or your Dad’s bad ass record collection) infused with an exceptional modern sensibility.  When the mystical lyrics of vocalist Caleb Heinze lock in with the band’s stone-cold groove, APE MACHINE demonstrates an earth-shaking ability to rock.  A true four-piece, the group has been called “a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the 70’s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation” that delivers “true guts and glory rock and roll.”



“We went into the studio with the idea of slamming out a record that’s played live, heavy-as-shit and the way we feel it should be done,” dishes APE MACHINE guitarist Ian Watts.  “Bringing Ikey Owens in as producer and guest organist added another dimension and a musical co-conspirator.  We kept things fully analog throughout the mix process for an end result that’s raw, uncut Ape Machine.”

The track listing for APE MACHINE‘s War to Head is as follows:

1.) Hold Your Tongue
2.) The Sun
3.) Can’t Cure Deceit
4.) Death of the Captain
5.) Black Night
6.) No Sugar in My Coffee
7.) Downtrodden
8.) Please Do Not Use Red Ink and Do Not Erase
9.) What’s Up Stanley?

Stay tuned to the APE MACHINE website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and tour dates.

In addition to vocalist Caleb Heinze and guitarist Ian Watts, APE MACHINE features drummer Monte Fuller and bassist Brian True.

     “Recalling in equal parts Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and your mustachioed dirtbag cousin’s shag-carpeted van, the bloozy guitars of APE MACHINE pretty much insist you cut the sleeves off your favorite jean jacket, roll up a few doobies on the album cover, and party at the moon tower ’til dawn.” – THE PORTLAND MERCURY

     “It’s no profound observation to call APE MACHINE a throwback. The Portland five-piece indulges in smoking licks and rugged riffage learnt from the most bluesiest of stoner psych, while the overdramatic reach of singer Caleb Heinze was forged from the mythological fires of classic rock.  Like Earl Greyhound and some of Jack White’s ventures, the band resurrects the bluster of yesteryear’s rock gods with no apologies.”                                                                    – THE SEATTLE WEEKLY

     “Blending equal parts rock ‘n’ roll, blues, stoner rock and psychedelia, Ape Machine is a band whose heart is steeped in the rich musical history of the late ’60s and ’70s. That doesn’t mean they’re some kind of hippie dippy throwback band. Ape Machine delivers their material with heavy metal muscle and all of their arrangements are sharpened by Ian Watts’ ballsy guitar work.” – AOL Noisecreep

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