TRANS DAY OF REVENGE!
DEAD AND GONE
BUT DON’T LET THE MEDIA SET US UP FOR HARM
HRC, SELFISH FUCKS
YUPPIE GAYS THREW US UNDER THE BUS
Remember a time (likely before you were born) when punk used to stand for something? When dudes in jackets and liberty spikes used to parade around town threatening to tear apart the social fabric of all that was oppressive and unjust?
Well now those days are back thanks to the brand new EP, TRANS DAY OF REVENGE, from Washington queer hardcore punks, G.L.O.S.S!
Their name is an acronym that stands for Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit which is both iconic and appropriately self-defining.
The opening words from the first track off their 2015 debut EP, DEMO, strongly announced their presence to the suburban white cisgender male-dominated punk scene.
THEY TOLD US WE WERE GIRLS
HOW WE TALK, DRESS, LOOK, AND CRY
THEY TOLD US WE WERE GIRLS
SO WE CLAIMED OUR FEMALE LIVES
NOW THEY TELL US WE AREN’T GIRLS
OUR FEMININITY DOESN’T FIT
WE’RE FUCKING FUTURE GIRLS
LIVING OUTSIDE SOCIETY’S SHIT!
Bassist Julaya recognizes that even though, “White boys still dominate the punk scene, they actively try to use their privileges to create space for other voices.” This track, “G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From the Future),” benefited from that open-minded base as it went on to secure 61st place on Pitchfork’s list of the best 100 tracks from 2015.
On their sophomore release, the band picks up their targeted aggressiveness where they left off straight (lol jokes) from the get-go with the opening words spouting
WHEN PEACE IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR DEATH
IT’S OUR TURN TO GIVE VIOLENCE A CHANCE!
The 5 song EP is an almost too short 7 minutes but FUCK do they combine a ton into that period of time!! Railing against society’s treatment of transgender women from physical abuse to childhood trauma, G.L.O.S.S. leaves no stone unturned with their combination of speedy rhythms, shouted vocals, and cutting guitar work.
In an interview done with Bitch Media in 2015, frontwoman Sadie stated, “I think for trans women to be honest about their lives there [will] be a lot of pain and a lot of shit to dig up. Singing in G.L.O.S.S. is kind of like getting to be a superhero, like weaponizing a lifetime of anguish and alienation.”
One of the band’s fans, Ramona Donohue echoed this statement in her review of the EP on the group’s Bandcamp page. “One of the things about being a trans woman is that you’re often forced to over-enunciate your femininity for the sake of your identity. Anything that’s not seen as traditionally feminine becomes ammunition that those against you can use to prove you’re not really trans, or that you’re just a man. G.L.O.S.S.’s music isn’t coded as feminine, it is loud, angry music. And that is so important for people in the queer community to have.”
I don’t think I could have said that any more eloquently.
Download TRANS DAY OF REVENGE (pay what you want), get angry and go support the LGBT community.