The Krims: Chad Rieder (drums), Matt Olson (guitar), Chrissie Holzer (vocals/guitar), Eusabius Burgard (bass), Chris Maloney (guitar) are a five-piece band straight out of Fargo, ND playing an all original set of rock, blues and punk. Starting back in 1999, The Krims have played a variety of different venues from bars to festivals to musical showcases. In May of 2003, The Krims entered Grimm Studios in Portland, Oregon to lay down what is now known as Lusk. This sophomore LP displays everything that The Krims have to offer on eleven tracks. Chrissie Holzer's amazing voice creates a unique environment of music and mood while the rest of the band lays a solid foundation of emotion and energy. As one, the band's sound is distinct and powerful. The Krims have solidified themselves as one of the most diverse and energetic acts to come out of the Midwest. Their shows have captured the attention of audiences both young and old and it is their mission for this to continue. Having played shows across the Midwest and the Western United States, The Krims are moving forward like a steam train with no brakes, and swiftly becoming a force to be reckoned with. 'With their latest release, 'Lusk,' The Krims have become a rock band. Not to say that they weren't before, but 'Lusk' is the type of dirty, straight-out-of-the-bar guitar music only made by true-blue rock bands. But beyond just a rock album, 'Lusk' also tells the story of five good friends who have stuck together through all types of crazy scenarios the road can throw at a traveling band; a cyclone tale of strange towns, strange people and even stranger pets. From the moment the train whistles by in the album's intro track, 'The Open Road,' 'Lusk' takes off with exuberance scarcely present on The Krims' last release, 2001's 'The Intervention Show.' Tracks such as 'Astro-Honkeytonk' and 'The Six Powers' -- an experimental metal dirge reminiscent to NY Loose or the grittier side of Polly Jean Harvey - are a progressive step forward. The rain-laden 'Your Time' -- a bluesy rocker seemingly soaked in barbiturates - and the relaxing-to-raucous dynamics of 'Like a Dog' are also definite standout tracks. And as 'Ron' is told to pick-up 'Line 4', 'The Devil's In Me' explodes through speakers, showcasing The Krims exploring everything from punk to funk, all in one song. With producer/friend Juni Grimm back at the helm for The Krims, 'Lusk' is given the broad-base heaviness needed for such a rock project, all the while bringing out and tweaking the melodic voice of singer Chrissie Jo. Filled with energy AND emptiness, 'Lusk' is a solid album from beginning to end, and The Krims have created one of the area's best blues-rock albums in years.' Randy Schwartz - High Plains Reader - April 1st, 2004.
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