The 90’s flare of Primal Therapy


Primal Therapy were a 10 piece Toronto-based band that was inspired by the group Chase, whose 1971 hit “Get It On” topped the charts. Chase was at the height of their popularity, along with groups like Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago and Lighthouse. Bandleader Brian Scriver assembled Primal Therapy to resurrect the music of Chase with a 90’s flare.

Brian Scriver – Leader, Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Humber College graduate; trumpet teacher; recorded/performs lead trumpet with Big Bands, jazz, and rock groups.

Vincent Murray Thomas – Vocals
Humber College graduate; vocal training by opera singer Maria Pellegrini; lead vocals/trumpet in musicals; performs in a Latin band; leads a progressive alternative rock group “Hammerthumb”.

Lara Klymko – Vocals
Vocals, piano; background in Opera, Classical and Jazz; leads a progressive alternative rock group “Bridge the Groove”.

John Minnis – Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Vocals
Graduate Western University; lead trumpet/vocals/guitar/keyboards at Deerhurst Resort; toured Canada and the United States in various show bands.

Bob Rice – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Humber College graduate; professional Toronto jobbing musician.

John George – Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Vocals
Laurentian University Undergraduate; Bachelor of Arts- Music and Classical studies; Lead trumpet in Toronto area Latin and Big Bands.

Evan Tarleton – Bass
Humber College Music Faculty; extensive performing/recording with jazz/classical ensembles, country/western groups, rock and Big Bands; upright and electric bass.

Anesti Karntikis – Guitar
Humber College graduate; professional Toronto jobbing musician.

Dean Stone – Drums
In various groups including “One Step Beyond” – instrumental funk group touring Canada and the United States.

Anthony Panacci – Keyboard
Humber College Faculty; professional Toronto studio musician; performed with Liona Boyd.

Anesti Karntikis – Guitar
Humber College graduate; professional Toronto jobbing musician.

Primal Therapy
n. (pry-mal th’e-rapi) a method of psychotherapy that treats neurosis by teaching patients to relive traumatic experiences and to express feelings through Angry Screaming and other verbal or physical acts of aggression.



Band Members have very eclectic backgrounds from opera to rock, chosen not only for their musicianship but for their youthful energy – an energy that is essential to a group of this nature. The excitement generated by Primal Therapy is due to its unique instrumentation, soulful vocals, complex and powerful horn lines, extended jazz solos and a potent rhythmic base.

Past performances include the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Beaches Jazz Festival, Celebrate Toronto Street Festival,

Hamilton – Hess St. Jazz Festival and Markham Jazz Festival.

Not for the weak at heart, this band, at full cry, will knock your fillings loose!!

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Judith Mccoy