GRAPE JUICE PLUS

 

inner-cd-no-text“The Simian Syndrome is the debut album from Chicago duo Grape Juice Plus. Featuring Barry Bennett on drums, keys and vocals, and Eric Klotz on guitar, these guys are not the usual guitar drum rock duo like Black Keys or Japandroids. What you get is a highly original, experimental band that pushes the limits everywhere. This is an album of edgy, discordant, improvisational music, with plenty of depth, ranging from rock cliches to African tribal rhythms. This is one of the most creative albums so far this year and will challenge listeners at all levels. A definite must have.” ——– Floorshime Zipperboots

GRAPE JUICE PLUS!?!?!

What is it?  A haunted liquid to stimulate the auditory nerves? Ape Astronaut Zira’s favorite libation?

Actually, Grape Juice Plus is a multi-media improvising outfit out of Chicago that has been freaking out/delighting audiences since 2014 and have shared stages with such luminaries as STICK MEN (featuring Pat Mastelotto & Tony Levin from King Crimson) and prog fusion legends, BRAND X.

It began with Barry Bennett and Eric Klotz as a series of Monday morning  sessions.  Both musicians were looking be pushed to new areas of their improvisational sand boxes. At first glance, they seemed frome disparate places.  Bennett, a fixture of Chicago’s free rock scene dating back to the classic Chicago band, MiLkBabY.  Klotz, meanwhile, emerging from the world of jazz fusion. They discovered their chemistry quickly.  When they decided to take their little fever dream public, they found the perfect collaborator in video artist, Tony Churchill, who is a multi jeff award winning projection designer whom Bennett met while sound designing a play.  it turns out, a projectionist can improvise just as fluidly as musicians and can add a bit of wit and mystery to the proceedings that already included tribal groove, other worldly chants, electricity, improvisation, ritual, celebration, unknown lands, an ocean floating in the sky, a sprinkle of retro-future, and a dash of prog…

Well, they found some new sand.  this one populated by apes on horseback.

GRAPE JUICE PLUS…

Barry Bennett:  drumming, synths, vox

Eric Klotz:  guitar

Tony Churchill: projections (live)

GRAPE JUICE PLUS

take a drink.  see what happens…

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like a physical release?!!  The album! The Simian Syndrome!! Click to pick up!

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okedokkee. keep scrolling, and you can watch some fun videos…

opening for the legendary Brand X @ Reggies’… as you can see, a chipmunk taped show between the wedges….

 

a clip from our home away from home, The Outtaspace, in Berwyn, IL!

 

video by Hannah Doris Bennett (age 10 at the time)!

 

from above the stage, opening for STICK MEN @ Reggies… the first 5 of the set…

 

sometimes we have to travel without tony…monsoon outside, but inside The Burlington Bar…

 

from WIRE in fabulous Berwyn.  one of our first with Tony!!

another crow’s nest video — this time opening for the progtastic District 97!

another from the monsoon show at The Burlington Bar.  seriously, there was ankle deep water outside the door.  our fans were heroes…

 

mighty GJP get tender…

 

ringside from the days of old at the best BBQ around, Cigars and Stripes.  before tony, we would play planet of the apes movies and score them…

still here?  you should just book us to come to your spot!

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  1. Pingback: TRIBAL/AMBIENT/SPACE/PUNK…for the people… | Barry Bennett Sounds

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