Zen For Primates

Zen For Primates

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"Sounds like Kronos Quartet meets Led Zeppelin and Gene Pitney in a Munich beer hall where Marlene Dietrich is the bar maid...with self-penned tunes that are more than merely witty." Tower Records/Pulse Magazine

Biography

One evening, back in 1987, singer T. Roth met guitarist Mike Krisukas at one of Mike’s local music haunts. Becoming fast friends, the two soon joined creative forces to form the 8-Piece Rock-N-Roll Circus, “The Incredible Baby Eddie.” This band combined Mike’s unique musical sensibilities with T.’s love of theater and song. While touring with “Baby Eddie”, T. and Mike began a side project with violinist Mark Golin and sax player Dave Smith. (They kept the freak show posters!)Critically received, this quartet became Zen For Primates. They were soon playing regularly at China Club and CBGB's and Zen’s highly original sound and polished theatrical performance quickly impressed industry people, and landed them gigs in some of the best venues in New York, Philadelphia, and LA.

Zen began working with producer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Living Color, Jeff Healey, Talking Heads) and released their first CD “Albatross.” A year later, in 1993, they shot their first music video for "Just To Be You." Touring and recording slowed in the mid-nineties when Zen members took time to pursue individual projects. Mike founded Bummer Tent Records, and has produced and recorded dozens of artists and CD’s. T. Roth pursued theater and reunited with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres to perform as Another Pretty Face, his cult band from the NYC glam-rock scene of the 70’s and 80’s.

Zen For Primates continued to play and tour selectively since that time. The band released three more CD’s (Blessed Are The Sheep Herders, It’s Polka Time, and When It's Christmas Time in Tibet.) Today, Zen is back out of the house and ready to get back on the road full time in support of their upcoming CD release "Marianne's Dead Husband Was My Stella Novagratz."

Eddie Kramer, Grammy award winning studio legend (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones) describing Zen "I think Zen For Primates as a collection of individuals and muscians is superb. I was blown away! It was so funny, so dry and so reserved and yet punchy. And T. Roth's delivery was spectacular."

“Strange, different, but oddly attractive, Zen For Primates is part classical ensemble, part Brecht/Weill and part cover band.” wrote Dirty Linen’s Jim Lee.

Zen For Primates is at home in the funkiest of clubs and the warmest of coffee houses, building their large fan base from Jazz Bars, Folk Venues, Festivals and Rock Rooms - wherever they’ve played, always remaining “too hip for the room."

Zen For Primates is:
T. Roth……………………..Vocals
Mike Krisukas……………Guitar, vocals
Jodi Beder…………………Cello
Shelagh Maloney………Violin
Pete Fluck…………………Sax and Harmonica

Lyrics

Just To Be You

Written By: Mike Krisukas

I'm telling you hoping you listen to me
I would give anything just to be you
It's logical you're so much smarter than me
I would give anything just to be you
You seem to know everything, what can I do?
I would give anything just to be you
You've done all the things that I wanted to do
I would give anything just to be you

Everybody's happy
Wondering what you'll do
No one ever questions
What you're saying

You have all the answers when anyone asks
I would give anything just to be you
You finish in first, I finish in last
I would give anything just to you

Just to you
Just to be you
Anything just to you

Everybody's happy
Wondering what you'll do
No one ever questions
What you're saying

I'm telling you hoping you listen to me
I would give anything just to be you
It's logical you're so much smarter than me
I would give anything just to be you

Why

Written By: Mike Krisukas

Why am I always alone?
Why must I pick up the phone?
Why do I keep asking Why?

Don't tell me I got better things to do.
Don't tell me I should be like you.

Don't ask Why.
Don't ask Why.

Why is the sun going down?
Why am I always the clown?
Why must you keep asking Why?

Don't ask me why you never see me smile.
Don't ask until you've walked my mile.

Don't ask why.
Don't ask why.

(Pete harmonica solo)

Don't tell me I've got better things to do.
Don't tell I should be like you.

Don't ask Why.
Don't ask Why.

My Condition

Written By: Mike Krisukas

I might not be able to think anymore.
I used to enjoy it.
I'd do it at home, at work or the mall.
And, if anyone aksed, I'd deny it.
I couldn't let on that I liked it so much.
They might think that I lacked ambition.
So I worked really hard and I fought to the top.
And, I think that's what caused My Condition.

I just said I think for the 10th time today.
There might be a chance for a cure.
I might not be able to think anymore.
But, no, I can't say for sure.
I know it felt good and it took me away, wherever I wanted to go. But I might not be able to think anymore.
If it's true, how would I know?
How would I know?
How would I know?

Discography

Albatross - 1992
Blessed Are The Sheep Herders - 2000
It's Polka Time! - 2002
When It's Christmastime in Tibet - 2003
Alive and Bell - 2005
Anyone for a Little DVD? - Live Music Videos - 2005
New CD (Marianne's Dead Husband Was My Stella Novagratz) soon to be released - stay tuned!

Set List

I Feel Good - James Brown
Tahiti - Mike Krisuskas
Bachelor - T. Roth
Why - Mike Krisukas
Whatever Happened To Me - Roth/Krisukas
Just To Be You - Mike Krisukas
La Perica - Venezuelan Folk Song arr by Krisukas)
My Sharona - The Knack
I Don't Want A Job - T. Roth
Julie Breaks Her Beans - Mike Krisukas
Pizza Man - Mike Krisukas
Shiver Me Timbers - Tom Waits
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
Alcohol - The Kinks - Ray Davies