GERMANY (July 26, 2021) — With two full length albums under their belt, Germany´s heavy progressive riff rock outfit APE SHIFTER are stepping into the virtual age by releasing their first digital single. To celebrate her 76th birthday on July 26, 2021; APE SHIFTER are digitally releasing their new track “Betty Davis.” Inspired by the legend herself, APE SHIFTER enlisted D.C. go-go, rock, and funk drummer Tony Mcghee to lay down the groove on this single celebrating the Queen of Funk while Ape Shifter drummer Kurty Münch took a sabbatical for the year.
“Ever since first hearing Betty Davis´s album Nasty Gal, I´ve wanted to write a track that digs into the nitty gritty depths of the funk and rock fusion,” says guitarist Jeff Aug about the track.
Jeff Aug: guitar
Florian Walter: bass
Tony Mcghee: drums
Mixed and mastered by Mike “Chairman of the Board” Aug
Cover graphic by Chris Lakriz.
APE SHIFTER Tour Dates:
20.08.2021 DE-Reichenbach/Vogtland, ArtRock Festival
21.08.2021 DE-Nordhausen, Open Air
22.08.2021 DE-Fürstenwalde, Park Club Open Air
04.08.2021 DE-Fehmarn, Fehmarn Open Air
Ape Shifter was formed in 2015 by guitarist Jeff Aug, a cool underground guitarist who has been living at the foothills of the Alps in Southern Germany for the last 20+ years. Born in D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland, Aug has toured with Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine, Stu Hamm, Greg Howe, Alex Skolnick, Carl Verheyen, Johnny A., Albert Lee, and has performed shows with Jawbox, Shudder To Think, and Ice-T & Bodycount with his old band Sorry About Your Daughter. He’s worked with John Stabb from Government Issue, has been touring and recording with Anne Clark for the last 18+ years, and has been touring and releasing albums as a solo guitarist for the last 30+ years. Jeff can also be heard on the Atari Teenage Riot album “Is This Hyperreal?” (Dim Mak Records / Digital Hardcore Records). He has also set the world record for the “most concerts performed in different countries in 24 hours” twice (2009, 2012), has been featured on NPR´s show “Morning Edition,” and has had a #1 selling album on iTunes Acoustic Music Charts in the U.S.
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From working with up-and-coming independent artists of all genres to overseeing online marketing for major acts like KISS, Britney Spears, and Dream Theater, Michael Brandvold’s impact on the modern music industry is without question. In addition to spearheading digital strategy creation and online social media management for bands, he has helped create marketing strategies that have made millions of dollars for clients.
Michael’s expertise was instrumental in growing and managing the KISS online community from its inception in 1998 to an enterprise generating millions of dollars every year and engaging more than a half-million visitors every month.
In addition to assisting with the band’s online community, Michael was also instrumental in the creation of the VIP Platinum Ticket Program, which was first implemented during KISS’ 2003 US tour. The concept granted the band’s biggest fans face-to-face access to the band, premium seating at shows, and exclusive autographed merchandise.
Over the years, Michael’s expertise has been put to use for a number of well-known companies like Universal Music Group, BMG/Sanctuary Records, Rhino Records, Playboy, Roadrunner Records, and Nuclear Blast Records.
In 2014, Michael published a revised edition of his book, KISS School of Marketing: 11 Lessons Learned While Working with KISS. The digital book quickly climbed to the number one spot on Noisetrade’s Business & Finance and Arts & Entertainment lists.