Some unexpected but great news: G.L.O.S.S. just released a new five-song EP. The Olympia band, which has multiple transgender members, regularly explore queer and trans identity within the context of breathless hardcore punk. Their first demo, released last year, has become a cult favorite in certain underground circles. It's packed with angry anthems designed to inspire anyone who has ever felt like a weirdo. The band's name stands for "Girls Living Outside Society's Shit."
Trans Day of Revenge arrives at a time when we really need it. Although frontwoman Sadie Switchblade announced the EP's Monday release date on Twitter before this weekend's unthinkable and heartbreaking attack on the queer community, it wouldn't have surprised me if they had orchestrated its release as a sort of response. The EP includes "Give Violence a Chance," which we previously posted. And there's a new song called "We Live," which reminds us how invaluable live music spaces are for marginalized outsider voices, whether it's a dance club or a dilapidated punk house: We live/ For nights like this/ Basements packed with burning kids/We scream/ Just to make sense of things/ Studs and leather/ Survivors' wings.
The EP is up for preorder and download on Bandcamp now.