Ape Machine http://apemachine.com
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.”
Blending equal parts Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Stoner Rock and Psychedelia, Ape Machine is out to melt faces and pound the apathy out of otherwise jaded listeners with a wall of heavy rock n’ roll tones unheard since the days of bell bottoms, long hair and blaring tube amplifiers.
Ape Machine’s mission is to combine intense melody, cutting riffs and blistering live improvisation. Where many bands rely on meticulously rehearsed, just-like-the-record-parts, Ape Machine provides a live experience that is as unique as each evening it shares with an audience.
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Keeping Shay https://www.facebook.com/keepingshay
Keeping Shay is a heavy rock/punk band out of the sunburned Southwest; Mesa, Arizona. Much like a burrito, the band formed as a combination of already existing ingredients and Mexican enthusiasm wrapped in a warm, flat disdain for authority figures.
When Natalie wanted to play in a band and see what all the fuss was about, Sean handed her a bass and then told John to stop petting his cats long enough to pick up his sticks. Once they were ready to impress, Greg and his lead guitar became the spicy salsa on their already appetizing chicken enchilada of heavy guitar and rhythm-driven rock. Fronted by Sean and his charging rhino vocals, Keeping Shay might be well described as if you were playing a Black Flag 45 at 33 rpm speed on your grandparent’s elderly RCA stereo. The band’s dense and driving rock music would have a good home in a biker-bar jukebox, or possibly loudly enjoyed by a criminal in a speeding Camaro to drown out the police sirens during a highway pursuit.
Keeping Shay regularly makes new fans at rock clubs throughout the Phoenix-metro area and is currently recording a full length album to be released in March of 2012.
21+ // free // 9pm