GUERILLA TOSS

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I'm surprised there isn't already a thread for these guys, they've been around for a while, underground noisefreak staples. Absolutely of the same ilk as all those mid-00s noise bands that Whiney made a poll of a while ago: Magik Markers, XBXRX, Lightning Bolt, White Mice, Teeth Mountain, the USAISAMONSTER, etc. Berklee muso kids obsessed with the Grateful Dead and funk bass. One of their shows here ~5 years ago was sort of legendary - I missed out, but everyone I know that went said it felt "dangerous" - I think this was a little bit before Gay Disco came out.

anyway their new record GT ULTRA is a huge step up. I listened to "Betty Dreams of Green Men" ten times in a row last weekend. Got the LP in the mail the other day and I haven't listened to much else since. I really liked their record last year, Eraser Stargazer, both of them came out on DFA but I didn't see any promo for the new one until last week - the vinyl has already been out for a month. It's insane, ridiculously great, I love their old records and yes they are a fucking crazy live band (supposedly), I can't wait to see them next time they come thru.

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:39 (five months ago) Permalink

USAISAMONSTER's space programs's is all time. if this is anything like that, sign me up

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:45 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah they are so good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-UEO4ExvK0

cwkiii, Sunday, 18 June 2017 00:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Eraser Stargazer was really good. My only complaint was that it was too short!

the rockists' red glare (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 18 June 2017 00:33 (five months ago) Permalink

the new one is pretty short too, also 8 songs

flappy bird, Sunday, 18 June 2017 01:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Didn't know they had a new one out. Good news! Eraser Stargazer is one of my faves of all music from last year.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Sunday, 18 June 2017 11:11 (five months ago) Permalink

I just went on a spree and bought every LP they still have in stock... found some very nice words from Henry Rollins about their live album:

Guerilla Toss Live in Nashville reminds me of the Frank Zappa ‘You Can’t Do That Onstage Anymore’ series where the arrangements and delivery on the studio versions were so near impossible that they could not possibly be recreated live. Zappa and Co. gladly proved all naysayers wrong. Remember that time when Bill Graham bet the Grateful Dead they couldn’t pull off the Blues For Allah album live? Sure you do. The Dead went into the Great American Music Hall and kicked Graham’s ass. This is what G-Toss achieves here. What a band. I mean damn, what a band. Like one of the first great bands of the new century great. Who would you compare them to? Who do they sound like? They are their own thing and what an excellent thing it is. There is not one of Guerilla Toss’s studio releases I would not recommend. From the arrangements, the sounds, the punishing yet incredibly dynamic delivery, they are just fantastic. In the live setting, the band just rips it up. You how your King Crimson 1973 live tapes sound where the band maintains their ridiculous chops while totally incinerating the place? Sure you do. It’s like that. Quite often, live recordings only embarrass a band. The drummer is all over the place and not in a good way, the singer is nowhere near the mic and the overall sloppiness blunts any possible impact. You want it to be better and it should be. A lot of bands don’t put the time in to get it together for live shows, like it’s not all that important, like no one is really listening, like no one showed up with any expectation whatsoever. Then there are bands that bring the goods. Remember the last time you saw Deerhoof and they just completely, to borrow from Slim Gaillard, nailed the avocado seed to the roof? Sure you do. Guerilla Toss Live in Nashville is like that. It would be a fun show to go to. Even funner to watch some band have to go on afterwards. Guerilla Toss. Great band. Live in Nashville. Great record.

-Henry Rollins, 2016

flappy bird, Sunday, 18 June 2017 20:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Seemed like the more recent line-ups were getting more pop, but less focused, though I know I need to catch up. Gay Disco is still my fave---from What Are You Listening To In 2013:
Some trombdrone or anyway trombone fans should check dig Albert Mangelsdorff's Tromboneliness, although it's not so droney, which is one reason I like it. Unaccompanied trombone, a whole album of, but it works, and not just for music appreciation class.
Speaking of "dance music", which also may work as dance music, but I haven't yet attempted any steps, I'm totally infatuated with Gay Disco, by Guerrilla Toss, out December 10. I wouldn't have thought to call it disco, but it's certainly festive (gulp your coffee before taking its hand): expanding contracting grooves, generated by young people who evidently have absorbed no wave, maybe Magic Band, Tin Huey, a bit of Last Exit, Don Cabellero; could see them on the same bill with Battles or Death Grips, either one (they're some kind of pop, but also apparently known for shows that can incl. nudity and acid tests, claims press sheet)(blurbs from Keith Fullerton Whitman, Byron Coley and John Zorn also appear). Tempted to invoke Made Out Of Babies, but the female vocalist here is not out front as a given: she drops well-timed punctuation bombs, pushing slivers between big sweaty men. The sounds may all be lyrics too; on "Pink Elephant" she does clearly say, "Pink Elep
hant." If you get lost, get with the drummer---but I got into most of it on first listening, and the rest on second, which immediately followed. Carry on, my wayward ones---don't you cry no more (unless you want to)
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/7653773000_1fe654e2e8.jpg

Played on a bill with Guerilla Toss a couple months ago. Really fun, doing the Fat Worm Of Error thing in a dancey way.

― Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, November 20, 2013

dow, Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:23 (five months ago) Permalink

Also really dug 367 Equalizer and most of Smack The Brick.

dow, Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:25 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdsjrnoDVpw

flappy bird, Monday, 19 June 2017 05:25 (five months ago) Permalink

new single

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-w7WBdyC7w

flappy bird, Monday, 19 June 2017 16:39 (five months ago) Permalink

is it just me or is this a strange rollout timeline: vinyl out in May, the CD in early June, and then the digital this Friday.

flappy bird, Monday, 19 June 2017 16:40 (five months ago) Permalink

I can't get over how great this album is. I'm going to do everything I can to spread this music around and get people to see Guerilla Toss live and buy all their shit so they can go on to play for thousands of people all over the world. I'm so fucking excited about a band that's tight, powerful, and overflowing with ideas. So many shit bands (many of GToss' peers) hide behind their effects pedals to obscure their uninspired songwriting and lack of chops. Guerilla Toss sound incredible with a clear mix.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 23:02 (five months ago) Permalink

they are cool. they played in the dark in my basement once. more bands should play in the dark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzlTVc8mAw8

scott seward, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 01:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Been listening to GT ULTRA all week. This is an absurdly good record.

cwkiii, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:04 (five months ago) Permalink

There's a track that sounds like my favourite period of Devo.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Friday, 23 June 2017 11:09 (five months ago) Permalink

"TV Do Tell"? I thought that was a total Buggles pastiche

flappy bird, Friday, 23 June 2017 15:20 (five months ago) Permalink

That's the one. I can see that too.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Friday, 23 June 2017 15:24 (five months ago) Permalink

This record is pretty much what I hoped The B-52's Mesopotamia was going to be before I heard it.

cwkiii, Sunday, 25 June 2017 00:03 (five months ago) Permalink

They're playing a record release show in Brooklyn tonight. Promoted as "a rare appearance." Apparently they haven't played live in nine months. I really hope they tour the USA this year.

flappy bird, Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:16 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9NjmRNwNLc

flappy bird, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 18:39 (five months ago) Permalink

p4k fairly lukewarm, for some reason this is buried as the 4th record review of the day, i don't get it: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/guerilla-toss-gt-ultra/

flappy bird, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 17:25 (five months ago) Permalink

pitchfork as TASTEMAKERS CHOICE. this is nervy art punk they would've gooed themselves over in 2002. i still like the sound, and this is good stuff in that vein.

jenkem street team (carpet_kaiser), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 17:49 (five months ago) Permalink

I haven't read Pitchfork in years, so I've thankfully not avoided good music like this by paying attention to their reviews

jenkem street team (carpet_kaiser), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 17:55 (five months ago) Permalink

They need to make a movie that's like Spider-Man on the Loose or something. Just follows Spider-Man around a slow day where he fucks off and messes with people.

jenkem street team (carpet_kaiser), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 17:57 (five months ago) Permalink

oh shit, wrong thread

jenkem street team (carpet_kaiser), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 17:58 (five months ago) Permalink

lol

yeah i agree, if this was the aughts they'd BNM'd this along with Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, No Age, etc... I only care about p4k reviews insofar as they effect a band's career and trajectory. reading between the lines of GT's recent fb post, it seems like they're not going to tour this record so the promo budget was probably pretty slim.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 18:16 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"crystal run" slays

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:46 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://guerillatoss.bandcamp.com/album/jay-glass-dubs-vs-guerilla-toss

cwkiii, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:13 (two months ago) Permalink

oh sick!

they're playing a Philly show in November, bummed they're not touring

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:14 (two months ago) Permalink

ugh, unfortunately that Philly show's on a weeknight so I won't be able to make it. got excited there for a second.

anyway "skull dub" is pretty cool for what it is, looking forward to hearing the rest of these.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink


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