G.L.O.S.S. – Trans Day of Revenge 7-inch

Artist: G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Living Outside of Society’s Shit)
Album: Trans Day of Revenge 7-inch
Label: Total Negativity Records (US) and Sabotage Records (Europe)
Released: June 13, 2016

gloss-trans-day-of-revenge-e1465839410505I’ve been dying for G.L.O.S.S. to release more music since their 2015 Demo hit the world. When I played the first track ‘Give Violence a Chance’ from their latest 7-inch, Trans Day of Revenge, I immediately thought, “Yes, yes, yes!” I am absolutely obsessed with this record. I ordered the 7-inch as soon as I heard it was out and have been listening to it on their bandcamp every day since its release.

Every song clocks in under the two-minute mark, which is generally the perfect length for songs like these. Every bit of this 7-inch contains fast-paced music and powerful lyrics. This album reads like a war cry – it opens with the lines “When peace is just another word for death, its our time to give violence a chance,” and it doesn’t slow down from there.

In my opinion G.L.O.S.S. is the absolute best band to take on the punk scene in years. They have this fury and a vindication for their rage that I’ve been searching for in the scene for far too long. I want more bands like this.

At a time where the political scene is full of toxic masculinity and hate, albums like this could not possibly be more necessary. Transgender women in the US face higher rates of harassment, discrimination, poverty and violence, with most states offering no legal protection – knowing this makes the rage in their songs even more palpable. This 7-inch was released days after the Orlando mass shooting that targeted members of the LGBTQ community.

My biggest regret is not catching this band live before I left the US, but I am so glad they’re making this music. I look forward to whatever else comes from G.L.O.S.S. and hope other LGBTQ members of the punk scene and intersectional punk feminists follow their lead.

-Linsey McFadden