Alterna-Punk? PsychoBilly? Cross-Over Country? Alt-Pop rock? Singer-Songwriter, Joseph D'Angora serves up a broad range of extremely contageous musical flavors with Mumpo. Refusing to be hampered by any one genre, the band blends influences such as The Replacements, The White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Costello...sometimes even within the same song! Lead Guitarist, Rich Vacarro, provides irresistible hooks, while Graham Taylor on Bass, and Todd Nosek on Drums drop a beat that will make you move. Additional spice is added by Toby Ricci on violin and other guest musicians. Mumpo has been rocking L.A. clubs like The Whiskey, The Viper Room, The Troubadour, B.B. Kings and Dragonfly since 2004. D'Angora and Taylor provide a Boston-Punk influence while the rest of the band adds the L.A. edge. REVIEWS: OX Fanzine-Germany- ... Mumpo hails from LA and with one look at their website it is obvious that these people at work here do not have a very high opinion of George W. Bush. This you can not only read but also hear if you listen to their opener 'Fanatic' which is also on the current OX CD, it's an ode to 'Dubja' with mixed in quotations of the' President' who is mentioned only in Quotationmarks. But the other tracks are also pretty pissy and openly political and worship druguse- see the titletrack- but naturally in an ironic manner. Musically Mumpo which I think is by the way a grandiose name has a pretty unique thing going on, somewhere between Punk,Pop, Garage and Zapppa or something like that. And if Alternative Tentacles publishes the EVAPORATORS then I think there should be room for Mumpo in the 'Incredibly Strange Music' section. The songs are accessible on the very entertaining website so check it out Joachim Hiller, Editor-Publisher, Ox-Fanzine, Haan, Germany Mumpo: Oddly compiled group sets up in small, dark garage type concert hall with lively, quirky lyrics and nonstop head bouncing tunes! Combining punk rock, alternative tunes, funky instrumentals and character like lyrics --- M U M P O is a must see! FYI: 'Who Cares' Rawks!!! ---Amy Schoaff, Stanford International MUSIC BY Mumpo--You may question the band's name (unless you've read "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn), but you won't question the catchiness of the tunes. Singer/songwriter Joe D'Angora is the charasmatic frontman bringing a sensibility to the music that is sometimes quirky, other times campy but always powerfully edgy, bringing a clever mix of post-punk, post-grunge, alternative fanfare. Lyrics like "Pregnant widow dreams", and "God, don't let me die in heat" with the addition of incredibly inventive lead guitar by Rich Vaccarro draw the LA bar crowds in. Their new CD, 'MY NEW ADDICTION' gets two thumbs up. -- Marie Bancroft, Rock City Times The banality of it's pseudo-self-awareness and socio-disant political sagacity infuse the music of Mumpo with a brain-numbing groove that leaves us with a delicious hebetude and a pulsating erection... more!!!... --S. Mudra, Canton Ink Spots.
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