Back in 2017, we had booked a show with BÊNNÍ at Burlington Bar in Chicago, Illinois. At the time, I had no clue who this guy was, aside form the fact that our booking agent thought that we (Circus in the Sea) would be a good fit together, and that he was a “synth lord” of sorts from New Orleans, Louisiana. Someone had even went out of their way to make a hand-drawn show poster including some of the other local bands (Aviatrix on Fire and Blacker Face).
Unfortunately, when it was his time to perform, there was a technical issue with his equipment (which by the way, was incredible: vintage TVs, VHS stuff, analog synthesizers) and he ended up pulling out of the show. But, that didn’t stop our crew from paying attention to his future album releases (five releases, in under four years!). As time went on, BÊNNÍ went on to play on Adult Swim, and released some really unique and creative videos. He’s definitely become a big inspiration! Check out his video “Stardance” below, which is an animated sequence showcasing Atlantis, I think?
Definitely an artist worth checking out. BÊNNÍ, if you’re reading this, please come back to Chicago and play a show with us!