G.L.O.S.S.: Trans Day of Revenge 7" (new)

Total Negativity


G.L.O.S.S. is still really mad, about shit that really matters. In Trans Day of Revenge, they tear down pacifism in the face of state violence, transmisogyny, and respectability politics, all in five tracks that will leave your heart pounding with joy and rage. This is for all the trans punks wanting more, six minutes that allows us to envision an alternate future and “weaponize our alienation.” Searing riffs, raw vocals, d-beats. Flippers fuck off.

Our take: We carried the first G.L.O.S.S. 7" when it came out, but it sold out so quickly that I didn't bother writing a description. I liked it just fine, but at the same time I realized that it's a record that wasn't really for me... I mean, I'm a straight white male record collector, and part of the excitement about that first EP was that the band managed to appeal to a whole giant audience outside the hardcore scene, many of whom barely had any figures to identify with in just about any type of music. So, you know, I listened to it a few times and basically I was more stoked that it existed than I was a rabid, active fan. However, with Trans Day of Revenge, I have to say that even stodgy white dude record collector types should probably take another listen, because this EP rips. When it first turned up at the shop Jeff noted that there's a distinct Swedish hardcore influence here, albeit fed through a filter of classic USHC... still, though, the end product is very much in the same vein as bands like, say, Blackball, that are clearly steeped in the history of international hardcore but don't attempt to meticulously re-enact any particular scene. It's also interesting that on this EP G.L.O.S.S. go for a very straightforward contemporary hardcore production style with the drums and lead guitar right up front and the vocals a little more buried in the mix than they were on the first EP... for a band for whom the message is so central, it's an interesting choice. It's kind of weird that you could be a hardcore nerd and totally ignore what this band and all their lyrics are about and still get down hard with this EP, but maybe that's the kind of subversion, G.L.O.S.S. are after... rather than creating something that's outside, or at least parallel to, the contemporary hardcore scene, with Trans Day of Revenge they've created a record that shows they can stand right alongside the best current bands in the genre. So, not only are they educating people who are interested in hardcore about trans issues, but they're also slyly informing people who come to the band because they're interested in their identity and their lyrics what constitutes killer hardcore.
Tags: 10s hardcore punk recommended