Ape Machine’s name 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. The Portland, Ore., rock band plays Thursday at House of Rock with Switchblade Jesus and The Burning of Rome. Doors are at 9 p.m.
With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, Ape Machine’s music carries an organic depth and warmth that recalls rock’s glorious early years while infusing modern sensibility. The group shows and earth-shaking ability to rock and has been called “a rock ‘n’ roll band with a finger on the pulse of the ’70s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation