Trans Day of Revenge EP REVIEW

Trans Day of Revenge Score

Where does our energy come from? Better hypothetical (and review introduction): Where does our energy come from in times of conflict? The routinely announced massacres and loss of innocence has hemorrhaged our ability to genuinely feel shock for the shocking. The flag residing at half mast has become a ceremony of expectations. And while America has been safer and less violent in recent years, the perceived safety and send of injustice is amplified. The voiceless haven’t found there voice, rather they’ve found the appropriate soap box from which to be heard. So when I feel bled of any feeling of loss, there still exists a mode of delivery where I can feel something, anything when I’m surround by the media’s parade of tragedy. Enter G.L.O.S.S.; the hardcore punk/d-beat outfit from Olympia, Washington. They emerge now, following up their astutely titled first EP Demo with Trans Day of Revenge, an heir to the long line of anarcho punk releases with an appropriate political backdrop.

As far as band progressions go, Trans Day of Revenge is a double down of the motifs that made Demo cut to the bone. The guitars careen madly into blistering and melodic tailspins. Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit’s drummer (referred to on Bandcamp simply as Corey) stares into the void and mercilessly and furiously delivery rapid fire marching patterns. Sadie’s vocals snarl and spit venomously, thrashing in as hardcore a fashion as possible. While these elements were present on Demo, they didn’t receive as much aggregate attention, instead all burning at the hottest temperature, all at once. The followup, while mixed with a gentler ear in mind, offers an increase in volume and melody as guitars riff with superficial beauty and crust punk style percussion that meshes well into cohesive songs. And these improvements all fit into a short, seven minute EP, a minute less than Demo. But these improvements all serve an unnecessary desire for evolution for a band. What’s really made this EP a worthy successor is the churning of radical ideas reflecting the world that bore it. 

Released and listened to by many as an immediate response to the hate crime/massacre that took place at Pulse, the message is clear and brief, but expressive in a way not many bands have the ability to be. Where modern punk can tackle ideology, rarely do they cross the proverbial line and make a call to action. Rarely do bands such as Savages or White Lung isolate those in their audience to push their music to a zen of rage and chaotic noise. Explicit indictments of systemic racial violence, inciting violence, and refusing to resist the oppressive anti-trans society are the successors to the hardcore punk lineage. And while as brief and urgent as the originators of the genre, G.L.O.S.S. is another step in keeping alive the sociopolitical agenda of the genre. Which is, in summary, fuck those who oppress the outsiders. Fuck the fascists is repeated in “Fight”. Fuck the racist police and justice system in “Give Violence A Chance”. Fuck the gay community denouncing the trans community on the titular track. Wherever the outsider is, follow their community, follow their voice, and you’ll find the energy to respond to the actions of the world. 

– T. Pennington

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