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GUERILLA TOSS

RIO/Avant-Prog • United States


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Founded in Boston, USA in 2010

The first incarnation of Guerilla Toss formed in 2010 when they were students at New England Conservatory of Music in the Contemporary Improvisation department. Guerilla Toss members consider the band to have truly started, though, when singer Kassie Carlson joined the band in 2012. The lineup then consisted of herself, drummer Peter Negroponte, bassist Simon Hanes, guitarist Arian Shafiee, and keyboardist Ian Kovac. Carlson first met Guerilla Toss when her former hardcore band, Western Syndrome, performed with the group at a house show.

From Guerilla Toss inception, the group?s sound has been labeled as art rock, no wave, noise rock, and punk, namely for their odd time signatures, dissonant instrumentals, and combination of shrieking and melodic vocals. Starting with their 2013 release Gay Disco, Guerilla Toss started to add elements of disco, funk, and dance music into their songs.

In 2012 they released their first album, Jeffrey Johnson, through Feeding Tube Records. They also won The Deli?s ?Best Emerging New England Band of 2012 award. In May 2013, Guerilla Toss released their second album, GTOSS, through Tzadik Records, the record label owned by avant-garde composer John Zorn.

In 2015 the band relocated to New York City from Boston. They have regularly changed styles, line-ups and labels throughout their career

Current Line-Up (as of August 2018)
Peter Negroponte - drums, percussion (2010-present)
Arian Shafiee - guitar (2010-present)
Kassie Carlson - vocals (2012-present)
Sam Lisabeth - keyboards (2015-present)
Stephe Cooper - bass (2018-present)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Jeffrey Johnson
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Guerilla Toss [Aka: GTOSS]
2013
3.00 | 1 ratings
Gay Disco
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Eraser Stargazer
2016
3.92 | 4 ratings
GT Ultra
2017
3.50 | 2 ratings
Twisted Crystal
2018

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3.92 | 4 ratings

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Review by Lewian

4 stars Guerilla Toss on GT Ultra feel more like a 1980s New Wave or Art Rock band than like somebody associated with the term "Progressive Rock". They sound compact, straight and danceable (they weren't quite like this in the past as far as what I've heard). They deserve the "progressive" label though for subverting the listener and giving us something more complex than it sounds on the surface; particularly the straightness of the rhythm is often deceptive, and they come up with some nice sonic ideas, particularly how guitars and synthesizers build the rhythm together from a rich palette of sounds. The harmonies are not the most familiar ones either, and I really like how they make all this sound like a collection of simple if edgy pop songs. What is key here is the competence and confidence with which Guerilla Toss lay down their compositions. There is no showing off and no unnecessary fuss, but the core of the music is strong, sharp and surprisingly sophisticated when looking closer. The musicians don't put any toe wrong and in front singer Kassie goes on about her job in such an unassuming casual and cheeky manner that it comes as a big surprise how much she actually does (including her own backing vocals) and what a variety of styles she presents when listening in more analytic mood.

The closest comparison is probably the B-52s with some Killing Joke, This Heat and Funky Town thrown in (if you can imagine what this combination gives), but with some added complexity played in a dazzling mix of light touch and sharp precision. At a disappointing 29 minutes length they deliver a compact homogeneous package of forward driving rhythm and fun oriented but still inventive music that won't drive the dancers off your party but the prog fans may still like it. Highly recommended if you like it straight and sharp with a twist.

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