Limited edition of 300 cassettes. Ships early October.
New Age Rage. This is the sound of acclaimed underground band Guerilla Toss.
Ecstatic, vital, and brilliantly unhinged, Guerilla Toss promotes positive energy and twisted spirituality through the less-traveled path of brutal, intelligent, live rock and roll dance music. Like a hurricane of healing bliss, a Guerilla Toss concert is more of a ritual than a performance. The group is lead by vocalist/poet Kassie Carlson her vivid, imagistic lyrics covering a full spectrum of frequencies, subject matter, and emotional depth. Co-founder, ringleader and most importantly, drummer Peter Negroponte, contributes a sense of rhythm and syncopation equal parts academic and raw, providing a solid foundation for the world-class weirdos making up the rest of the group.
Guitarist Arian Shaifee combines elements of noise, skronk, metal shred, and R&B, often all in the same song. Newly added bassist Phillip Racz brings his keen sense of punk jazz to the table, taking the groove factor to a whole new level. And then there’s Sam “Coach” Lisabeth – the latest heir to the GT synthesizer chair – laying down lush pads and sub synth bass bombs that penetrate NYC’s core from Brooklyn’s grimiest DIY venues to the midtown Trump towers. This unit, playing together, can create vibrations powerful enough to knock the toupee off of that fascist capitalist’s big head. It is the unique pairing of musical voices and backgrounds that makes Guerilla Toss such a special party band. But they are more than that – GT gets real when you pay close attention. Their music is inspired by both tragedy and beauty, drug addiction/mental illness and the re-birth of the soul through spiritual practice and psychedelic drug healing - helping the listener overcome these mind-fuck hardships.
Guerilla Toss have lived by (admitted fan/supporter) Henry Rollins “Get in the Van”-style promotion; touring extensively around the USA, Canada, and Europe since their inception in 2011. They played pigsties, punk houses, liberal arts colleges, and the occasional opening slot for iconic bands such as Mission of Burma, Merzbow, & Black Dice. Recently, the band affixed a Grateful Dead “steal yr face” decal to the bumper of their well-traveled minivan - a signifier of their commitment to unique setlists and unpredictable surprises at each and every performance. Guerilla Toss have also been prolific recording and releasing multiple releases on vinyl, tape, and CD on respected underground labels labels such as Feeding Tube, John Zorn’s TZADIK, NNA Tapes, Infinity Cat and others.
After a month long winter jaunt to Europe to cap off 2014, GT went into hibernation for five months, the longest they had gone without touring or playing shows. They emerged with a new batch of incredible material, coupled with the exciting news that they had signed to New York’s DFA Records - the next logical step in the band’s mission to becoming the worlds largest rage-psych phenomenon.
This brings us to today – GT is more active than ever, with an impressive list of upcoming tour dates, and their first release with DFA. Up first is a cassette/digital EP entitled “Flood Dosed” out in October 2016, followed by a full-length LP entitled to be released in early 2016. Each song could have been written on a different planet but all within the same galaxy. The old warm blanket of GT chaos is still present but now with added layers of harmony and melody that were only hinted at on previous releases.
It’s a good time to be Guerilla Toss fan. You can follow your parents on their next trip to Peru for their annual Ayahuasca ceremony, or you could catch the band’s next live show. The choice is yours.