Guerilla Toss' graduation from Boston basement noise group to seminal Brooklyn skronk band to upstate psych-pop progenitors is yesterday's news. Today, they've opened a new chapter, signing to Sub Pop and announcing Famously Alive, their first full-length since 2018's Twisted Crystal, coming March 25. They've also shared the record's lead single, "Cannibal Capital," which comes with a video directed by Lisa Schatz.
The new album was written and recorded in the Catskills, where frontwoman/songwriter Kassie Carlson, guitarist Arian Shafiee, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Negroponte isolated themselves from society during the early days of the pandemic. Its title comes from a poem by Jonny Tatelman, a close friend of the band who supported Carlson during her recovery from opiate addiction.
"The pandemic was hard, but it helped me get comfortable inside my own body," Carlson writes, discussing her creative process for the new record. "My peace of mind came out of being thrust into the deepest shit. This album is all about being happy, being alive, strength. It’s meant to inspire people."
The start of "Cannibal Capital" calls back to the fuzzy, chaotic realm GT's early work occupied, but the song soon snaps into the precise, triumphant grooves that have peppered their past two records. Its video treatment is unsurprisingly surreal, featuring a powdered wig, animal masks, and an abundance of colorful lights. Watch it, and check out the band's upcoming tour dates, below.
Guerilla Toss April 2022 North American tour
4/13 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall
4/14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
4/15 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5
4/16 - Nashville, TN - The Blue Room @ Third Man Records
4/17 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
4/19 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
4/20 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
4/21 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
4/22 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
4/23 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz P.D.B
4/25 - Portland, ME - Space
4/26 - Somerville, MA - Crystal Ballroom at Somerville
4/27 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
4/28 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
4/29 - Queens, NY - TV Eye
4/30 - Queens, NY - TV Eye