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The Brink

by Loki the Grump

Puttin' the FUN back into GRUMP, Loki the Grump mixes old-school and not-so-old-school punk & rock into shout-along melodic aggression in the vein of X-ray Spex, Vice Squad, Hole, Garbage & Siouxsie.
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1. Brand New Me
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3. Shockingly Happy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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LOKI THE GRUMP “[are] known for their punchy hooks, driving pulse and a strong female vocalist who brings it all together. Kind of like the lovechild of Black Flag and Poly Styrene,” says Church of Girl. Distant Warning UK exclaims, “Such character. It's like a female Jello Biafra. Amazing!”

With a mission of “puttin’ the FUN back in GRUMP” it’s no wonder LTG has been spreading the grumpiness worldwide to a rabid and ever-growing fanbase, who proudly declare themselves GRUMPIES. Their EP, “The Brink” is receiving airplay on several local and international radio stations including Q104.3’s “Out of the Box”, "Radio Crystal Blue", "Suburban Hell", Ithaca’s “Last Exit for the Lost”, “Church of Girl”, and France’s “Babes in Boyland”.

LTG's already-buzzin’ and consistently increasing online presence assures that it’s only a matter of time before the universe is consumed by grumpiness - in only the best way possible! So whatcha waitin’ for? It’s time to GET GRUMPY!!! (www.lokithegrump.com // myspace.com/lokithegrump)



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[The Brink was performed by the original line-up of Loki the Grump: Michele Jaffe, Phil Pham, Howie Ingerman, Dawn Moore]


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Vanessa Taylor

LOKI THE GRUMP is the itch you love to scratch!
LOKI THE GRUMP is the itch you love to scratch!

LOKI THE GRUMP’s debut EP “The Brink” followed shortly after U2 on the radio show “Out of the Box” and, it really hurts me to say this, they kicked Bono’s butt! Those iPod marketers should rethink their poster boys, because LOKI THE GRUMP is today’s “in yer face” boot stomping punk! Lead singer Michele Jaffe will force you to confront her world of angst and anger, and it will be very intimate, very personal, and not pretty.

The band works together to suck you into the vertigo of their grumpiness; you cannot turn away, and you happily submit! Like a rash that stubbornly resists cortisone, LOKI THE GRUMP elbows their way into your heart. Great grinding guitars by Howie Ingerman, throbbing bass by Phil Pham, and dirty drumming by Dawn Moore will pound these songs into your head. This is music to get a speeding ticket to, to push and shove people to, to throw your ex’s stuff out the window to.

Grumpiness is something we can all relate to, just like LOKI THE GRUMP’s music. “Brand New Me” is destined to kick and scream its way into mainstream radio, while the darker “How Could I Forget” will easily become the anthem for the mistreated. The moody “Here I Am” lends itself to drunken screeching with your closest girlfriends. If you get a chance to see their live show, “Shockingly Happy” will require your participation, and yes, you will go home with a sore throat. Watch out for darts, too.

“The Brink” is a delightful grouchfest of pangful soul-bearing words and sounds. The songs are well written and an apropos mirror of this generation’s struggle with the mind games that seem to go along with the quest for love. Anxiety, frustration, abandonment are all heightened by the musicianship which is punchy, infected by frisky hooks and driving pulse. No ballads please – they are far too grumpy for that! Production is raw, naked, simple, LOUD – like back when Billy Idol was in Generation X, and before Green Day’s greatest hits album. A nicely solid freshman effort, we can expect greater things from this already impish, wickedly entertaining gang. LOKI THE GRUMP is the itch you will love to scratch. Repeatedly.

A Seaside Town Made of Ice Cream Slowly Melting

Upbeat punk to smash your furniture to
This NYC upstart has been having a groundswell of support in the clubs. Their first release is brimming with enrgy and will have you bouncing along. The guitarist switches through a barrage of pedals while he is backed up by a solid rhythm section and explosive vocals. Check out "Brand New Me" for a great rock tune and "Your War" for a bit of political punk rock.

Mr. Happy

The dude on gutiar
The CD is good, but of the guy on the left ever wants to meet a man for some fun he can play me any time.

Church of Girl

Melodic Angst
Loki the Grump are Michele (vox), Howie (guitar), Phil (Bass) and Dawn (Drums). The quartet is known for their punchy hooks, driving pulse and a strong female vocalist who brings it all together. Kind of like the lovechild of Black Flag and Poly Styrene. Michele's unique vocal stylings communicate anxiety, frustration, and abandonment with power and volume - which some would say a punk band really needs to be great.

Their 5-song EP, The Brink, is an energetic power-pop-punk ride that takes you by surprise. There is a strong retro-punk feel to The Brink; mixing genres and inspirations from X Ray Spex, Oingo Boingo, Siouxie, Vice Squad and early XTC. In fact, Kylie Buchanan on the Distant Warning boards likened Michele to Jello Biafra! Michele's vocals give the album a strangely fascinating sound which grows on you with each listen.

The band has gained a following and they were recently featured on Q104.3 / New York’s “Out of the Box” show with DJ Jonathan Clarke. A photo of the band appears in the 10 year anniversary collectors' issue, Issue 54, (Mar/Apr 2005) of ROCKRGRL Mag in association with the charity event Girls Rock & Girls Rule III, benefiting V.O.W., an arm of the Battered Women's Resource Center, organized by Gail Silverman. Give yourself an adrenaline-filled treat and check em' out live; you won't be sorry.

pumpgoddess

Punky energy with a new, fresh attitude.
While I enjoyed the punky energy, I was immediately gripped by the upfront attitude of Michele, the lead singer. As a fan of unique female artists like Patti Smith, Etta James,Debora Iyall, Siouxsie, she's a breath of fresh air. There's nobody out there like her now. Backed with solid musicianship, catchy tunes, it's the perfect cd for a fun evening.

Northeast In-Tune Online Magazine - July Spotlight (by Kristen)

Get up, Get down, Get grumpy
Loki the Grump is not unlike a fine ale: smooth and refreshing with a bit of a kick. And surprisingly, not all that grumpy. Well, at least I wasn’t after experiencing their tunes for the first time.... The entire band often chimes in to shout the chorus, and who doesn’t love a good sing-along?.... Loki the Grump is definitely punk-rock, but not in the rip-your-eardrum-out-viciously-and-throw-it-up later type way. More in the oh-hey-this-is-different-and-doesn’t-sound-like-mass-produced-garbage-sorta way....
Loki the Grump’s first ever EP called “The Brink” is out now on Jafzi Records.... The first track, Brand New Me, begins simple enough. Basic chords that I pretended not to wrestle with when I wanted to be in a punk band in high school. Only, Loki somehow manages to turn a few chords into a fun song that’s bound to get stuck in your head for a least a few hours. Brilliant. “How Could I Forget?” will remind you of all your failed relationships and your best friend’s boyfriend whom you hate. Everybody loves abuse, kids. “Shockingly Happy” has a tune that, for whatever reason, conjures up images of Poly Styrene in my head. Perhaps her and Michele are related? “Here I Am” is the power ballad of the group. The song goes from slow and foreboding to screamy and gritty, and then it’s over before you know what hit you. The final song, “Your War”, is the only quasi-political song on the EP. This is the live version, and it’s full of Tom Moreno-esque guitar effects. “I won’t pledge allegiance to your WAR!” Right on, sista.... So, there you have it. Are you ready to get grumpy?

absinthe minded professor

This CD kicks your CD's arse
A ritious escapade in the perils of punk resserection. These kids are tight. Mixing genres and inspirations from X Ray Spex, Oingo Boingo, and early XTC. Throw in the manic frustration of Black Flag, but with the vox stylings of Poly Styrene and you've got the adrenaline rush that is Loki The Grump.

So buy the CD, turn it up, jump on the couch and throw stuff off your balcony.

Anger never sounded so good.

Branimir Lokner - Barikada

Recommendable piece of music
Translated from Serbian:
“Another issue from "Jafzi Entertainment" label is an EP of the group…Loki The Grump. It is interesting that the main inspiration of the band's music comes out from the British new wave. We could find influences from… X Ray Spex, Hazel O' Conor, Toyah, and also from the more poppy oriented performers, Holy and the Italians. The female singer creates a specific performing energy and the band, in a positive way, follows the direction of the aforementioned period… their sound is also urban and modern. Two songs stick out as more attractive and inspiring: "Brand New Me" and "Here I Am". And in "translation" - this is quite a good issue for their discography beginnings, and a recommendable piece of music for all new wave and post new wave freaks.”

Kelly Allumi - GirlPunk.net

I want to drive far away from here with this as my soundtrack!
Michele Jaffe, the singer of Loki the Grump, sounds like she’s been scorned...a lot. Her lyrics are full of despair, being left behind, refusing to be left behind, and being content with it all.

The EP opens with "Brand New Me," a song that brings to mind older Green Day and other poppy bands. I love the verses!! Another one I like is "Here I Am," a psychotic song about refusing to let go of, or go away from, the one you love. There’s a live version of "Your War," giving me a hint of what they’d be like live - haunting and memorable.

I want to drive far away from here with this as my soundtrack!

Loki the Grump seem to already have gathered a good-sized following (which proudly bear themselves as the Grumpies), and have played at places such as CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, and Acme Underground. They plan to expand their tours soon so keep an eye open - I get the feeling this is one show you don’t wanna miss!

Neo-Zine

It's not going to get much catchier or much more fun than this
It's not going to get much catchier or much more fun than this. Loki the Grump are a female fronted pop-punk band with a flavor of the past mixed with today’s teenie trends. This has attitude, but its cute attitude. You wouldn’t wage war to this CD, but you could certainly dance to it aggressively and enjoy it at the loudest level that your stereo can put out. It won’t be long before you are chanting along with some of the refrains and bouncing up and down in your boots. You can take pride in supporting a strong underground act like this, and they are doing everything to slam dance their way a butt-load of adoring fans.
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