Last Saturday night the LGBTQ community suffered a tragic loss of 50 people during a targeted shooting at Pulse, a nightclub in downtown Orlando that once served as a safe space. The loss reverberated–and is still reverberating worldwide, through queer communities everywhere, connected through the intricate web of the internet. On Sunday, just one day after the shooting in Orlando, Olympia-based band G.L.O.S.S. released a quick yet commanding EP titled Trans Day of Revenge. While not explicitly pointed at the Orlando shooting, the album’s masterful guitar solos and expediently bellowed lyrics have a clear target–violence: whether it’s a result of “childhood shame / internal blame” (“We Live”) or “killer cops” (“Give Violence A Chance.”)
G.L.O.S.S.–which stands for Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit–has released only one EP prior to Trans Day of Revenge, yet they are far from worried about speaking with authority on their experiences, and by proxy the experiences of other marginalized groups living within the aforementioned shitty society. Their hardcore sound is just what’s suited to tackle these ever-expanding, all-encompassing issues–just as these injustices never let up, neither does G.L.O.S.S.’ frenzy of electric guitar, vocals, and drums. While their January 2015 release, an eight minute demo of their first tracks, was pointed more at the entrapment known as gender and their experiences of pushing against the binary, Trans Day of Revenge continues this theme, but focuses on pushing back much more forcefully.
Just a quick glance through buyer comments on the album’s bandcamp page indicates how necessary the defiant sound of G.L.O.S.S. really is. Fans rally around the album’s timeliness, claiming it as a source of light. At a time where merely existing as a queer person feels dangerous, G.L.O.S.S.’ repetitive urgency to live is undoubtedly radical.