GUERILLA TOSS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘ERASER STARGAZER’ RELEASED MARCH 4th VIA DFA RECORDS
“Furiously energetic.” – The 405
“Destructive, damaged funk.”- FACT
Ecstatic, vital, and brilliantly unhinged, new age ragers Guerilla Toss promote positive energy and twisted spirituality through the less-traveled path of brutal, intelligent, live rock and roll dance music. Like a hurricane of healing bliss, a Guerilla Toss concert is more of a ritual than a performance. It is the unique pairing of musical voices and backgrounds that makes Guerilla Toss such a special party band. But they are more than that – GT gets real when you pay close attention. Their music is inspired by both tragedy and beauty, drug addiction/mental illness and the re-birth of the soul through spiritual practice and psychedelic drug healing – helping the listener overcome these mind-fuck hardships.
Following the release of the acclaimed ‘Flood Dosed’ EP in 2015, their first recordings for DFA Records (which cemented support from folks ranging from punk icon Henry Rollins to Busy P of Justice’s Ed Banger Records), Guerilla Toss are poised to release their new album ‘Eraser Stargazer’, due March 4thvia DFA. Prior to that comes a new single ‘Diamond Girls’ that can be streamed today; a glorious three minute rhythmic post-punk rush that is both thrilling and jarring.
“Diamond Girls is about the desire to disconnect from the material properties of social interactions and boil it down to pure elemental form,” explains vocalist, Kassie Carlson. “It’s about letting go of the bullshit to run away from smoke and mirrors.”
‘Eraser Stargazer’ was written and recorded in 6 weeks of winter isolation in upstate New York. Fans of the group will hear all of the beloved hallmarks of the Guerilla Toss sound – solid bass grooves, squealing guitars, and kitchen sink percussion. Each instrument now occupies its own part of the audio spectrum, with vocalist/poet Kassie Carlson’s spirited incantations brought into focus. Album centerpiece Grass Shack is a perfect example of this leaner, yet tougher Toss. It traverses nearly seven minutes of game-show-winner keyboard stabs, mutant funk basslines, and time signature changes – all grounded by Peter Negroponte’s virtuosic drumming. Carlson describes the themes of the song as “A deep analytical depiction of a small unit of time, with heightened senses, Ripping yourself out of bed even though it might be harsh and overwhelming. Seeing patterns in the little things that make life beautiful.”
Heavy subject matter permeates the rest of the record – but that doesn’t mean it’s a downer. Album closer Doll Face On The Calico Highway is the perfect summation – angular guitars, bells, and low-end vibrations interject and decompose as quickly as they appear, until a hissing cymbal is all that remains.
Having now relocated from Boston to New York (“We felt like it was time to move closer to our favourite active bands and artists and they all just so happen to live in NYC,” states Kassie), Guerilla Toss are poised to make 2016 their year. Watch them rage in the new age.
Eraser Stargazer is released by DFA on March 4th, 2016. Pre-order the album at: http://hyperurl.co/GTEraserStargazerDL
- Multibeast TV
- Diamond Girls
- Grass Shack
- Colour Picture
- Eraser Stargazer Forever
- Big Brick
- Doll Face On The Calico Highway