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The Simian Syndrome

by Grape Juice Plus

ingredients include: tribal psychosis, futuristic ritual, electricity, improvisation, celebration, unknown lands, an ocean floating in the sky, a sprinkle of retro-future, a dash of prog, an old friend, a new friend, fever dream, fun...
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Transmission
6:49 $1.25
2. Be All Right
6:48 $1.25
3. Gone Tomorrow
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4. Organ Grinder
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“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 (

Barry Bennett -drumming, keys, vocals
Eric Klotz -guitars

improvised and recorded 2016 at BaseStationBerwyn
recorded and produced by BarryBennettSounds
mastered by Benjamin Taylor
the FDA has declared this recording...
therefore, safe for primate consumption


What is it? A haunted liquid to stimulate the auditory nerves? Ape Astronaut Zira’s favorite libation? The latest group situation for music making to filter through the webbing of BarryBennettSounds?

all of the above…


Born out of a series of Monday morning sessions, both musicians were looking be pushed to new areas of their improvisational sand boxes. Bennett, a fixture of Chicago’s free rock sene dating back to the classic band, MiLkBabY. Klotz, emerging from the world of jazz and fusion. Well, they found some new sand. this one populated by apes on horseback.


take a drink. see what happens…

Barry Bennett is a drummer, bandleader, and a JEFF nominated maker of theatrical music and sound. Since coming to Chicagoland in 1993, Barry has had his theatre / dance scores and other music heard as far away as Salzburg and as near as the seat in which you are sitting. This group of folks would include 16th Street Theater (resident artist), Chicago Dramatists (associate artist), The Aardvark, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, The Art Institute, Emerald City, National Pastime, Cindy Brandle Dance Company, PROP THTR, Chicago Moving Company (composer in residence), Winifred Haun & Dancers (associate artist), Estrogen Fest, Writers’ Theatre, Asimina Chremos, Breakbone Dance, and others.

By day Barry is a modern dance accompanist. He released 5 albums between 1997 and 2008 with his group MiLkBabY. He has released two albums under his own name, “Death to Death! and Other Tales of Uneasy Harmony” & “Black Galaxy Sparkle Vol.1” on the Madison based imprint of Uvulittle Records. Other notable stints behind the kit include PEEP, Apartment, Pointy Teeth, C.I.A, Planet Claire, BombBone, Strangers & Saints, and Black Dot.

Currently, Bennett is Artistic Director of THE IMPENDING BEHAVIOR ORCHESTRA, a modular sound / movement / light performance group; instigator of the tribal avant combo GRAPE JUICE PLUS and percussing with variety of groups on stages in the region.
Barry has no interest in Adulthood. Barry is the luckiest boy in the world.

Eric Klotz has been a professional teacher and performer for more than 17 years. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Jazz Performance and his mentors are graduates of Berklee College of Music and North Texas State University. He is the recipient of the prestegious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was performing professionally with and as a sub for his professors throughout his schooling.

His 17 years of teaching experience includes 5 years as adjunct professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, 8 years as the guitar instructor at The International Music Camp, 3 years at Glenbrook South High School (the National Grammy School of 2008), and 8 years in various music stores. In 2007 he founded Klotz Guitar Studio, where he currently works full-time to help musicians of all levels explore the music that interests them.

Eric has performed in a large variety of contexts, from solo, small group, and big band/orchestral to studio and theater productions. He is well versed in a variety of styles including funk, jazz, rock, metal, blues, folk, and latin music. He has performed with some of Chicago's finest musicians, both as a leader and sideman. In 2008, the Eric Klotz Trio was one of 5 bands in 3 states selected as a finalist to perform for a spot at Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival.

Currently, Eric can be found performing various styles regularly in and around the Chicago area at venues such as the House of Blues, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, the Hard Rock Cafe and various street festivals throughout the summer. He performs regularly with Reely Dan (Steely Dan Tribute), Don't Speak (No Doubt Tribute), Red Clay Collective (jazz/rock), Fire Hot Opera (rock/R&B), Grape Juice Plus (free improvisation), Rio Bamba (latin jazz) and as a solo jazz guitarist.



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