Loki the Grump

Loki the Grump

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Chick-fronted twisted angry rock/punk Grumpy FUN!

Biography

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. Village Voice describes them as "theatrical, sardonic punk rock", while 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. Frontwoman Michele Jaffe – the 2004 recipient of the Abe Olman Scholarship Award through the Songwriters Hall of Fame for "Excellence in Songwriting" - has evolved from playing drums in punk/goth bands into a loud, raucous and in-your-face rock goddess! She is joined in LTG by guitarist Dimitri Vishnepolsky – a Moscow-born violin & trumpet-playing guitar god; bassist Phil Pham, recognized for his various stints in NYC rock and punk bands; and introducing Jovan – an unbelievably talented kick-ass drummer and NY native who has brought an incredible new energy to the band. What results from this diverse combo are off-the-charts performances and hook-laden songs that haunt you for days, and are nothing short of pure Grumpy FUN!

With their EP, “The Brink” receiving airplay on several local and international radio stations (including Q104.3's "Out of the Box", Ithaca's "Last Exit for the Lost", France's "Babes in Boyland" and Internet stations "Church of Girl", "Radio Crystal Blue" & “Suburban Hell), and their already-buzzin’ and consistently increasing online presence, it’s only a matter of time before the universe is consumed by grumpiness - in only the best way possible!

Loki the Grump are based in New York City and can be found performing at many of the city’s top rock clubs including CBGB’s, Knitting Factory, Snitch, Ace of Clubs, Rare and more. They have expanded their touring area along the East Coast and were part of Revolutionary Records Girls Rock & Girls Rule 2007 & 2008 Fall Tours in several cities. Loki the Grump was also selected to play the GOGIRLS FEST NYC *07 in November of 2007 and gave one of the most rockin' performances of the evening, according to Grumpies in the crowd!

They just released a limited edition numbered DIY CD titled: The CCNY Sessions - Who U Callin A Pussy!

For details on upcoming shows and to purchase the first EP visit www.lokithegrump.com. Also on myspace, of course: www.myspace.com/lokithegrump.

So whatcha waitin’ for? It’s time to GET GRUMPY!!!

Lyrics

How Could I Forget

Written By: Lyrics by Michele L. Jaffe

HOW COULD I FORGET
Performed by Loki the Grump

Written by: Michele L. Jaffe, & Paul Farina
© Musikal Vampness / BleepSongs (ASCAP)

You're perfect for me
my friends always used to say
the kind of guy
I should never let get away

You have this smile
my heart just melts inside
and when you put your arms around me
that's when I really feel alive

And then a memory comes back to me
and I can hardly breathe...

OH NO, NO... HOW COULD I FORGET
The times you scream and put me down
Curse me out, shove me around
OH NO, NO... HOW COULD I FORGET
You turn to ice just to make me cry
and feel like I wanna die
HOW COULD I FORGET

Now my friends
tell me I should leave
but I just can't bear the thought
I just have to believe

that, when you say
you'll love me til you die
and never hurt me again
it's the truth coming out from deep inside

So I've been holding on to that
I haven't let go yet...

(repeat chorus)

I'm the one to blame
I put up with all the lies and pain
No matter what they say
when I see you, I fall again, fall again (and again)
I FALL RIGHT BACK

(repeat chorus)

Brand New Me

Written By: Lyrics by Michele L. Jaffe

BRAND NEW ME
Performed by Loki the Grump

Written by: Michele L. Jaffe & Nicholas R. Terzi
© Musikal Vampness / Terzi Muzik (ASCAP)

I'm so tired
of being the good one all the time
and gettin' passed over
cause no one ever thinks I'll mind

I know the backburner
better than I'd ever care to tell
But I'm taking control now
and leaving you in your own hell

Cause I won't be:
the last one thought of
the last one called up
written down in pencil
til something better comes up
the one interrupted
this angel's been corrupted
better start believin' what you see
Welcome... to the brand new me

Some bad habits
can be the hardest things to break
So whine to someone who cares
I've had all I can take

I'm tired of your stories
This time you're not excused
Emergency broadcast...
Have you heard the latest news

No I won't be...

(repeat chorus)

BRIDGE:
It's gonna take some time
to learn to compromise
So as of today
it's gonna be MY WAY
you'll see
I won't be

(repeat chorus)

Shockingly Happy

Written By: Lyrics by Michele L. Jaffe

SHOCKINGLY HAPPY
Performed by Loki the Grump

[recorded live at Acme Underground, NYC]

Written by: Michele L. Jaffe, Howie Ingerman, Vinh P. Pham & Dawn Moore
© Musikal Vampness / Namregni Publishing / Asian Sleeping Sickness Songs / Rotten Pants Publishing (ASCAP)

All I've ever known
is that little black cloud hanging over my head
Sitting on my pity throne
I've gone through life less alive than dead

There's comfort in despair
So I'm the most content person there could ever be
Though I act like I don't care
Something's come quite clear to me

Chorus
I'm shockingly happy
Thriving on my misery
Shockingly happy
& just between you & me...
I can't help but smile when I'm feeling this way
And this pit that I'm in gets deeper each day
Shockingly happy
Cause the darkness sets me free

There was a time
When I'd fight to pull myself out of this hole
Such a weak little mind
Ruled by the fear of being out of control

So when I find myself slipping back
Into waging this war I could never win
I remind myself I'm better than that
And then I thoroughly enjoy giving in
Because...

(repeat Chorus)

When I'm mad
and sad...
YOU KNOW I'M REALLY GLAD..

(repeat Chorus)

Here I Am

Written By: Lyrics by Michele L. Jaffe

HERE I AM
Performed by Loki the Grump

[recorded live at Acme Underground, NYC]

Written by: Michele L. Jaffe, Howie Ingerman, Vinh P. Pham & Dawn Moore
© Musikal Vampness / Namregni Publishing / Asian Sleeping Sickness Songs / Rotten Pants Publishing (ASCAP)

Here I am
by the phone again
cause I know that soon it's gonna ring and then
you and I'll be together again

I don't know why
I want to cry
Guess it's cause so many days have gone by
and they're saying that someone's caught your eye

So... you better figure it out
Cause you know that I won't be without you and...
Yeah, it might sound crazy but...
Here I am, baby

I know I smiled
when you said goodbye
Guess it's cause I heard it said so many times
and you still kept on coming by

I don't understand
why you're holding her hand
Cause you know you'll always be my man
And this was never in my plan

So don't you think
I'll let you sleep a wink
Cause you have pushed me to the brink
And I will grab you as I sink

So... you better figure it out
Cause you know that I won't be without you and...
Yeah, it might sound crazy but...
Here I am, baby
I think you know deep down that you
really want me around
Though I heard you're not missing me lately
HA
Here I am, baby..

Did you think I'd just disappear?
Look around you baby...
STILL HERE!

So... you better figure it out
Cause you know that I won't be without you and...
Yeah, it might sound crazy but...
Here I am, baby
I think you know deep down that you
really want me around
Though I heard you're not missing me lately
HA
Here I am, baby.. yeah!

FINE

Written By: Michele Jaffe

I don't care anymore
Sick of tryin to transform
If I wanna be a bore
If I wanna be a whore
Ya know the burden of that's not yours

I don't need you to fix me
I'm not gonna be whoever the hell you think I should be
New reality
Consider yourself set free

Cause I'm fine, fine, fine, fine

I'M FINE, JUST THE WAY I AM
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, AS FINE AS I CAN STAND IT
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
Yeah, that's right.. uh huh

Whatever

You don't get it at all
Why don't I wanna be normal?
You say, "You get to belong,
when you follow along...
Being on your own is just awful!"
Well I almost got swayed
I almost started to think that way
But there're worse things than being alone
Like being someone I don't know

So I'm
FINE, JUST THE WAY I AM
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, AS FINE AS I CAN STAND IT
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, NO MATTER WHAT I DO
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, JUST AS FINE AS YOU (Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)

You're a friend when you need a friend
Always true to the very end
Live your life learning to pretend
JUST TO BE LIKE THEM
You keep twisting in that knife
So I don't need you in my life
I'm leaving all that shit behind
And I'm just

FINE, JUST THE WAY I AM
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, AS FINE AS I CAN STAND IT
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, NO MATTER WHAT I DO
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, JUST AS FINE AS YOU (Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, JUST THE WAY I AM
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, JUST THE WAY I AM
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
FINE, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
(Fucked up, Insane, Neurotic, Emotional)
WE'RE FINE
Just FINE
Oh yeah...

Untamable

Written By: Michele Jaffe


I don't like being told what to do
Yeah, that's right
I've got an attitude
You think you can impose all your rules
But I'm not your fool
Yeah, I'll just break them as you make them

CALL ME UNTAMABLE
Deem me "unsaveable"
But know this to be true
I'm not changing myself...

You think you're always right in every way
And you never listen to a single word I say
And now you look at me like I'm insane
Yeah, that's okay
You're just finally seeing reality creeping out!

CALL ME UNTAMABLE
Deem me "unsaveable"
But know this to be true
I'm not changing myself...

See the pieces dropping
from the lies you've created
Your ignorance is blinding
Your ego's so inflated
So when the world comes down around you
and there's no more hiding
Don't look to me for sympathy
cause I'll just be smiling!!!

CALL ME UNTAMABLE
Deem me "unsaveable"
But know this to be true
I'm not changing myself...
I'm not changing myself...
I'm not changing myself...

FOR YOU!

Dysfunctional Family Wedding

Written By: Elliot Levy & Michele Jaffe


It was a late August night
and hot as hell
I wore a two-tone suit
I wasn't feeling too well
I had a pressing appointment
to face my past
I was praying it would be over real fast

My baby cousin was gonna tie the night
If everyone could STOP
fighting long enough
It was all starting to get a little out of hand
It's amazing how long some folks stay mad
(How long some folks stay mad)

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
So much love, so much resentment
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
Let's drink a toast to lifelong contentment

My ex was there with his new girlfriend
About a year had passed since we'd come to an end
I had my brand new man by my side
My emotions were hardboiled, sauteed and fried
(Hardboiled, sauteed and fried)

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
So much love, so much resentment
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
Let's drink a toast to lifelong contentment

He was mad at her
She was mad at him
They were all mad at everyone
No one's gonna win
My ex was mad at me
for still carrying a torch
I was mad at my ex
for his YEAR AGO DEBAUCH

We all sat around a big round table
Just the best of friends
(like Cain & Abel)
The smiles were stretching from ear to ear
What was unspoken was deafening
you could hardly hear
(You could hardly hear)

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
So much love, so much resentment
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
Let's drink a toast to lifelong contentment

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
So much love, so much resentment
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING
Let's drink a toast!

Company Ink

Written By: Michele Jaffe


I see you...
You're right across the hall
And I can hear your voice
thru the cubicle wall

I caught you sneaking
a look back at me
Yeah, you're the lead role
in my fantasy

Oh what should I say
what should I do
if we happen to meet up in the
dark supply room.. ooh

I've been told not to dip in the COMPANY INK
It's a bad, bad move to take the little drink
but I forget the rules when I see you wink
Tryin' hard not to dip, dip, dip
in the COMPANY INK

I feel you...
slyly graze my hand
and just that little touch
makes all my hair stand on end

I can't concentrate
it's all just stupid work
I just think of you
and my mind goes right in the dirt

Oh what should I say
what should I do
if we happen to meet up in the dark supply room.... ooh

I've been told not to dip in the COMPANY INK
It's a bad, bad move to take the little drink
but I forget the rules when I see you wink
Tryin' hard not to dip, dip, dip...

Well I've never been one to do as I'm told
So forgive me if I'm being too bold
but I'm a little anxious if you know what I mean
Care to join me in causing a scene?
YEAH

What will they say
What will they do
When they catch us together in the dark supply room? Oooh ha ha

I've been told not to dip in the COMPANY INK
But I'm making my move
and I'm taking that drink
Cause I really don't give a damn what they think
Yeah it's time for me to dip, dip, dip
You know I'm gonna dip, dip, dip
Ooh yeah...
You know I'm gonna DIP
in the COMPANY INK!

Discography

ALBUMS:
The CCNY Sessions - Who U Callin A Pussy
The Brink - EP [Jafzi Records]
Take A Look at the Punks (Dave Sharp Tribute Album) [Troopers]

RADIO PLAY:
Q104.3 "Out of the Box"
Babes in Boyland (France)
The Jeans Generation (Bosnia)
WVBR FM (Ithaca) "Last Exit for the Lost"
FeminineGroove.com
Church of Girl
Indie Rock
Local Music Now

RINGTONE:
UK fans have made "Brand New Me" their ringtone!

Set List

Typical set list is about 35-40 minutes, mostly originals and 1 or 2 covers - with new songs worked in every few gigs:

FINE (original)
HOW COULD I FORGET (original - EP track)
UNTAMABLE (original)
HERE I AM (original - EP track)
SHOCKINGLY HAPPY (original - EP track)
BRAND NEW ME (original - EP track)
EVERYBODY LOVES ME II (original)
YOUR WAR (original - EP track)
COMPANY INK (original)
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WEDDING (original)
ONLY A KISS (original)
DRIVE BY SHOOTING (cover - Henry Rollins side project)
TELL ME (cover - The Alarm)
ONE MORE TIME (cover - Joe Jackson)