Progressive stoner rock trio Ape Shifter has dropped a groove-heavy new single, “Village Strut,” available today via Heavy Progressive Records.
“Village Strut” comes on the heels of Ape Shifter’s first digital single since the release of 2019’s Ape Shifter II album, “Betty Davis,” which was released on July 26 to coincide with the American funk and soul singer’s 76th birthday. Inspired by Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top “Village Strut” is full of rock ‘n’ roll swagger.
“Joe Walsh and Rick Derringer were getting a lot of spins on my turntable,” says guitarist Jeff Aug. “Ape Shifter had been playing around with this groove for a while now, but it wasn´t ‘clicking.’ Then one night, I pulled up a drum beat in my Studio One program and just went with it. Out came this arrangement. We sent it to our drummer Tony and he knew exactly where we were going with it.”
Fusing a classic heavy rock sound that arcs in the stoner rock direction with technical musical prowess, Ape Shifter is dissimilar from any other progressive instrumental band.
APE SHIFTER tour dates:
8/20 – Reichenbach in Vogtland, Germany @ ArtRock Festival
8/21 – Nordhausen, Germany @ Open Air
8/22 – Fürstenwalde, Germany @ Park Club Open Air
9/3 – Bremen, Germany @ Lila Eule (TBC)
9/4 – Fehmarn, Germany @ Open Air