Philosophy driven by evolution, fueled by diversity. With fierce yet melodic guitar riffs, bone shaking rhythms, and insightful lyrics. Loki creates a unique imprint on Maine’s hard rock scene by pushing the genre to its outer limits. Mixing the fist...
Philosophy driven by evolution, fueled by diversity. With fierce yet melodic guitar riffs, bone shaking rhythms, and insightful lyrics. Loki creates a unique imprint on Maine’s hard rock scene by pushing the genre to its outer limits. Mixing the fist pumping intensity of heavy radio rock with the melodic extremes of a more ethereal and expressive sensibility. Loki has formulated a diverse brand hard rock that truly connects with it’s listeners. Based in the rising musical hub of Portland, Maine, Loki was formed by Jon Taylor and Jonathan Boyer in the year 2000 at the University of Southern Maine. In 2001 Loki recorded their debut EP "Finity”, receiving acclaim from fans and musicians alike. Loki had found their direction, a brand hard rock with unrivaled intensity that truly connects with it’s listeners. This direction resulted in both 2002's debut full length "Born" and 2004's "Firelight" LP's. Named after the Norse God of mischief & change, Loki has continually found themselves in a flow of challenge and perseverance allowing them to outlive many other musical acts. With the additions of Adam Nichols (drums) and Seth McClellan (bass) Loki has established their strongest lineup to date, 2008’s “No Disclaimers” EP the lineups first effort spent 13 weeks in the top 10 Bull Moose local CD Sales and has sold thousands of copies independently. The band returns Spring 2010 with a brand new EP titled “Ebb & Flow” recoded by award winning engineer Jon Wyman and mastered by multiple Grammy award winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan. With a sharp new sound and an ever growing loyal fan base loki returns with more intensity than ever to unleash across the northeast Loki has had the honor of sharing the stage with many national acts including: Powerman 5000, RA, 36 Crazy Fists, Kill Hannah, Eve 6, Trust Co. , The Dreaming Well known venues Loki has performed at include: The Palladium-Worcester, MA, The Lucky Dog Music Hall-Worcester, MA, The Asylum-Portland, ME, Copperfield's Boston, MA, Mark's Show Place-Bedford, NH, The Big Easy Portland, ME, The Green Room, Plattsburgh NY
Southern Maine's Loki to play WTOS competition by Bangor Daily News Naming your band after the Norse god of trickery and change is kind of like walking around with a "kick me" sign on the back of your shirt: you’re just asking for it. He’s the god of mischief. He’...
BULL MOOSE WATERVILLE TO HOST MODERN ROCK ACT LOKI by G britt client press releases WATERVILLE, Maine – award-winning modern rockers Loki will play a special in-store acoustic performance at Bull Moose in Waterville's Elm Plaza, 13 Elm Street, on Saturday June 28 at 4 p.m. The...
Southern Maine's Loki to play WTOS competition by Bangor Daily News
Naming your band after the Norse god of trickery and change is kind of like walking around with a "kick me" sign on the back of your shirt: you’re just asking for it.
He’s the god of mischief. He’s good, and he’s bad. He’s a catalyst for change. We identify with him big-time," said John Taylor, vocalist for Loki, the southern Maine-based alternative rock band. "But he always messes with us. There are all these weird, unexplainable things that have gone on in the band. Strings fly off guitars, pedals break, we lose our drums. It’s just comedy at this point. It’s our penance for using the name. It’s kind of like a bull’s-eye on our backs."
Incurring the disfavor of a guy such as Loki means that you’ve got to work extra hard to make what you do happen, and Taylor and guitarist Jonathan Boyer have had to do just that over the past eight years. Taylor and Boyer met while they were students at the University of Southern Maine.
We went to a party where all these musicians just showed up. Some people were playing the Doors’ ‘Riders on the Storm,’ and I just jumped up in front of the mike and started singing in front of 200 people," said Taylor. "Boyer was in the crowd, and the next day he came up to me and said, ‘Do you want to start a band?’"
It’s been a long journey for Taylor and Boyer, who have remained friends and creative partners despite the turmoil that has surrounded them. For instance, Loki has had nine drummers over the years. Nine! That’s not as bad a track record as Spinal Tap, but still. How does that work out?
It just hasn’t worked out. Differences, conflicts. There’s a story for every one of them. It’s like girlfriends. At least they don’t die horrible deaths, like in ‘Spinal Tap,’" Taylor said. "We’ve played with some amazing drummers, but for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked until now."
The current drummer, Adam Nichols, has been with Loki for two years, and shows no sign of leaving. Bassist Seth McLellan rounds out a lineup that Taylor says is the best one the band has ever had — which is why they pulled out all the stops when it came to recording and publishing their latest release, "No Disclaimers," a five-song EP, is sitting pretty in the Bull Moose Music top 10 local music chart.
This is the tightest we’ve ever been, which is why we called it ‘No Disclaimers’ — we wanted to record something that was solid, that we felt really proud about, and that we didn’t have to explain or make any excuses for," said Taylor. "We picked our five best songs that represented the full breadth of our material, and we worked with a great producer — Jonathan Wyman is an amazing guy — so we’re really, really happy about where we’re at right now."
No Disclaimers" is, in fact, a very solid release, and it showcases a band that’s been there and back, gaining serious musical chops, confidence and its own unique sound along the way. Loki’s songwriting skills are front and center on the album, especially on songs such as radio single "Clandestine," a dark, smart ballad that brings to mind the finer moments of Incubus or A Perfect Circle.
This weekend, Loki will take the stage at the WTOS 105.1 Battle of the Bands, starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Skowhegan State Fair. The band was named one of the four listener-chosen finalists in the competition earlier this summer — all based on the strengths of "No Disclaimers" and "Clandestine," a song that was written by Taylor and Boyer about seven years ago.
We never scrap anything. All of our songs are like portals into a moment in time in our lives," said Taylor. "But as we grow and as Adam and Seth add their own takes to the songs, they evolve and mature. We’ve got so much material now, and so much history. As long as it’s me and Boyer, it’s Loki. It’s been a long road, and we’re really happy that’s it’s gone this way. I wouldn’t trade it for anything."
Loki will play at the WTOS 105.1 Battle of the Bands Sunday. On Aug. 15, the band will play an in-store show at Bangor Bull Moose Music at 4 p.m., and a show with Soundbender starting at 8 p.m. at Club Gemini on Harlow Street in Bangor. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/lokiband.
BULL MOOSE WATERVILLE TO HOST MODERN ROCK ACT LOKI by G britt client press releases WATERVILLE, Maine – award-winning modern rockers Loki will play a special in-store acoustic performance at Bull Moose in Waterville's Elm Plaza, 13 Elm Street, on Saturday June 28 at 4 p.m. The four-piece act will perform acoustic versions of their material and give the audience the first opportunity to buy copies of their new EP entitled “No Disclaimers.”
Loki was awarded first prize in the 2008 Benchmark Multimedia Battle of the Bands in Portland following their stunning live performance at the Big Easy on May 30. The month of June kicks off a series of CD release parties around Maine and New England, including the Providence Rhode Island area. For more information and gig listings: www.myspace.com/lokiband
Loki was formed in 2000 and has released two full length recordings – Burn 2002 and Firelight 2004 – and an EP, Finity released in 2001. The name Loki refers to the Norse God of mischief. The band performs regularly at rock clubs around New England and has been played on WTOS 105.1 FM.
Facetime: Loki by The Sun Journal That the Portland-based band LOKI encounters mischief all over the place shouldn't surprise you. They're named after the Norse god Loki, after all, who's known for nothing if not creating chaos and mayhem all around him - sometimes for bad, sometimes good, like when he contrived to get Thor his hammer. The band itself isn't about creating mayhem, but creating great music and, perhaps, inspiring change.
Names, ages, hometowns, instruments, day jobs?
(J.T.) Jon Taylor: 28; Winslow; vocals, melody and lyrics; account manager for an insurance company.
Jonathan Boyer (AKA "The Fountain"): 29; Weymouth, Mass.; guitar, backup vocals, riffs engineer; works for a landscaping company in Portland.
Adam Nichols: 28; Holliston, Mass.; drums; HVAC technician and journeyman.
Seth McClellan: 23; Turner; bassist; home oxygen delivery technician.
How would you describe your music?
Loki brings a unique hard rock style to the table that embraces the resemblance to such bands as Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and Breaking Benjamin. Philosophy driven by evolution, fueled by diversity. With fierce yet melodic guitar riffs, bone shaking rhythms and insightful lyrics. It is a blend that tries to transcend age, taste, style and creed.
What's it like trying to balance your personal lives with the band?
Great question. It is always a struggle. Having a band is like being in a close relationship with three more people. Schedules, family, appointments, work, social life it is all part of the struggle to have enough time for this dream and to keep moving onward and upward. Family always comes first, followed by whatever pays your oil bill! But this is what we want to do bottom line.
Are you like, all into Norse stuff? Love Ikea? What's with the name? J.T. is, being Norwegian himself (his whole family is from Fargo, N.D., if that tells you anything, and they freakin love IKEA!). The name was accidentally discovered by J.T. during a college psychology class in which they discussed a theory called "Methods of Loki." Basically it stated that every adolescent male goes through an era of rebellion from ages 12 to 15 in which he goes against authority and society in an attempt at destructive self-expression. ... (The name is) from the Norse god of mischief and firelight. J.T. loved the concept and the name since it was so true. ... (Loki) is the god of change and, depending on the situation, he always has the choice of doing good or evil much like all of us. He is a trickster that enjoys pulling strings for better or worse. ... Everyone can change or change things for better or worse. In a way, there is a little Loki in all of us.
Do you cause bundles of mischief wherever you go? Lets just say that mischief follows us. We have always had a theory about using the name LOKI. He either hates us using his name or makes us pay a constant price to use it. The band has always been surrounded by unexplained, strange and unusual circumstances. Electrical shorts, P.A.'s blowing up, amps, peddles, mics and lights malfunctioning at the worst times - just to name a few of the issues we have had. Stages have slid apart during sets. ... We do enjoy our share of pranks though, and are always trying to figure out how to get each other really good!
Where do you see yourselves in five years, as a band? We see ourselves without a Maine address. To truly get to where we want to get we know that we need to move and expand outward. Although we love Maine and will probably always have a strong connection here we want to spread the LOKI fever globally. We hope that in five years this article might be worth something.
Weirdest thing that's ever happened at a show? Well, this didn't happen at a show, but ... J.T. was frantically tearing the house apart because the lyrics to the new song "Dead Air" had mysteriously disappeared. He looked everywhere and after a weeklong search just told himself that they would turn up and to flub the lyrics during practices until they did. A few weeks after that they cleaned house and a bunch of stuff had been loaded up and brought to the nearby recycling center. J.T. was in charge of the stacks of newspapers and went over to the newspaper bins with his arms stuffed full of old issue. Right as he went to throw the stack into the deep bin, a huge gust of wind blew across his path and papers flew everywhere. In the commotion of papers a single sheet of notebook paper shot out of the stack and was flown into the air about 10 feet above J.T.'s head. After hanging there for a few seconds, another gust of wind caught the paper and slammed it against J.T.'s chest. He slowly pulled it off to reveal "Dead Air," the lyrics he had been searching for for nearly a month! If there hadn't been witnesses we wouldn't even bother telling this story. Things like that have always told us that we are doing something right. That song was meant to be found, written and recorded, just like (hopefully) this article was.
The Drop: Mischief? Maybe. by The Sun Journal
By T. S. Chamberland , Staff Writer
Sunday, December 14, 2008
But it's straight-on, melodic hard rock that gives LOKI its strong following.
You know when you hear a band for the first time and instantly think it's got something new and fresh, something worth hearing over and over again? It's great. Almost euphoric. OK, maybe not euphoric, but it's an incredibly effective mood-lifter.
The first time I heard LOKI, a Portland-based band who's played with bands like RA, Eve 6 and Powerman 5000, was at Festival Plaza in Auburn on July 19. The band generously agreed to play for a couple of hours during a Locks of Love fundraising event that I was part of. In the blazing sun and intense heat, despite the fact that they got little-to-no sleep after playing a gig in Skowhegan the night before, the band set up and rocked the plaza. On those merits alone I was sold.
The band's name was inspired by a topic in a psychology class that vocalist Jon Taylor had taken at the University of Southern Maine. "The Methods of Loki" is a term suggesting that all adolescent males go through a rebellious stage - something Taylor identified with - and it gave him the idea for a potential band name.
Formed in 2000 by Taylor and guitarist Johnathan Boyer, who was also a student at USM, LOKI went through several changes - possibly a tribute to Loki the Norse god of mischief himself, for use of his name, Taylor joked. They sifted through drummers and bass players until they found drummer Adam Nichols two years ago; nearly six months after that, bassist Seth McClellan joined the band, completing the strongest lineup to date.
That completion became the motivation for putting out "No Disclaimers," LOKI's most recent EP. The band's desire to have a CD where all of the songs were created by the same four band members meant no longer having to explain that the drummer or bass player on this track or that track is no longer part of the band.
Everyone is devoted to this 100 percent," said McClellan, as he, Nichols and I sat in Nichols' living room Wednesday night.
Nichols expanded, saying that because they knew the songs would be recorded and put out with the current lineup, they could focus on the music and making it the best it could be.
We really want people to be able to hear the music the way that we hear it in our head," said Taylor, who's favorite part of the music process is recording.
And that drive paid off, as "No Disclaimers" continues to receive great reviews from area DJs, critics and fans alike.
LOKI is one of those local rock bands that can sit comfortably on most rock bills. They bring a more melodic hard rock sound to the table, but seem to be accepted by the harder rock crowds as well," said Mark Curdo, WCYY DJ. "They're hardworking and their latest record, 'No Disclaimers,' is a major up step for them."
After stalking the band's MySpace for days and listening to "No Disclaimers" a number of times, I found it difficult to settle on just one of the five songs as my favorite. It seems to change by day, though ultimately I'd have to say it's "One Track Wasted." Harmonies that I would normally expect to be ill-fitted for the heavy guitar and bass riffs, are the perfect complement; any song that leaves my head nodding or my entire body falling into a groove has got my vote. Sign me up, I want more.
As for the guys' favorites, they seem to each feel connected with a different song. Nichols said "Whole Fist" tops his list because "it gets the blood pumping." McClellan said its difficult to look at the music objectively since he helped create it, but he really likes "Sidelined."
I would say for me, probably 'Clandestine' is my favorite," said Taylor. "Lyrically, my words are way more important than my vocals."
The inspiration for "Clandestine," which was written in a matter of 10 minutes, came from Taylor's discontentment with politics during 2004-05.
Their different musical tastes had me wondering what a band's dynamics are off stage compared to on. What is it like when you've got four guys working on one song, and everyone has an idea, a lyric or a riff that they feel passionate about?
For LOKI, if something isn't working or they can't come to an agreement, they set that piece aside and move onto something else. Keeping the creativity flowing is the most important thing. Eventually, they may pick up a shelved song and fresh perspective makes it come together.
If you try to hard to force it, it's not going to happen. You just need to let it flow naturally," McClellan said.
The guys are avid local music fans as well, supporting their friends in Dead Season and Losing Tomorrow. Whenever they see a band perform they look for specific things within the show and the band.
I like to see a band that has good command of the stage, is confident, looks like they are having fun, and likes to mix it up live and not do exactly what's on the album," Taylor said.
Nichols hopes that people who listen to their CD, or see them live, get satisfaction out of it by just "enjoying" the music, and maybe feeling like they "can relate to it somehow."
Ideally, in a perfect world, I'd love to know that's what people are taking away from it." Nichols said.
Born - 2002
Firelight - 2004
No Disclaimers - 2008
Jan 10, 8 p.m.: The Station in Portland, with Dead Season and Prospect Hill
Jan 31, 8 p.m.: The Montsweag Roadhouse, Woolwich
For more information visit www.myspace.com/lokiband