Guerilla Toss Announce New Album

Guerilla Toss announce new album What Would The Odd Do
Guerilla Toss 'What Would The Odd Do'

Guerilla Toss have revealed their new album, What Would The Odd Do?, will come out November 15th via NNA Tapes. The first single “Plants” is now available to stream.,

For Kassie Carlson, singer, songwriter, and bandleader of Guerilla Toss, What Would The Odd Do? is the groups most personal release. After open heart surgery in 2017 to remove a dangerous blood clot caused by a severe opiate addiction, Carlson has found a new joy in life. She has since moved to Upstate New York with her partner and Guerilla Toss drummer, Peter Negroponte, and has never felt more inspired.

“Only recently have I really begun to open up about everything that’s happened to me in the last few years. These songs mean a lot to me; anyone in recovery knows that going through an opiate addiction and beating it is a big deal. I am living proof that it can happen to anyone. I’ve always written abstract lyrics that have eluded to my personal struggles, but this time I try to provide context to my metaphors and allegories. In this way, I hope to help other people who are struggling, and anything else that is a result of a corroded society that has left so many people in the dust – especially women. Drugs are such a dude-associated thing, which has made it even harder for me to talk about. I felt gross, other-ed, and alone. I didn’t think anyone would be able to understand or relate. Experiencing severe trauma as a child creates different parameters for normalcy, and inclusion. Statistically, women are more likely to hide addiction and keep feelings inside, making it potentially much more festering and toxic. Drugs affect people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, class or gender. Addiction hits us all, and it hits hard.”

Guerilla Toss’ origins are somewhat unusual. They started as an experimental art-rock project at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. When Peter met Kassie at a DIY show in Allston singing in a metal/hardcore band, he quickly asked her to join Guerilla Toss and they played their first show together a week later at the infamous Death By Audio in Brooklyn, NY. The next two years were spent touring relentlessly throughout the underground DIY circuits in the US, Canada and Europe, playing house shows, warehouses, art spaces, and (literally) a pigsty in southern Spain. During this time they released a slew of tapes, records and EP’s, label hopping around underground staples like Feeding Tube Records, John Zorn’s Tzadik, and the Vermont based NNA Tapes. In 2015, Guerilla Toss signed to James Murphy’s (LCD Soundsystem) DFA Records and relocated to Brooklyn to focus anew on making records. The DFA years proved to be an inspiring time for the band and marked a significant shift in the ensemble’s sound and attitude. A-tonal hardcore elements were replaced by a more psychedelic and harmonic approach. Moshing crowds became dancing ones as the live show evolved. GT released Eraser Stargazer (2016) and GT Ultra (2017) on DFA, both of which were met with significant critical acclaim, while barely scraping the surface of anything remotely mainstream…further establishing GT as a cult act. But it was during this period that things took a turn for the worst: Carlson’s years of substance abuse culminated in a near-death experience, heart surgery, and a month and a half stay in Brooklyn hospital.

“It was very intense. Had I not had Medicaid I would have been completely fucked. I’ve never had money – I grew up poor – with a single mother in sketchy neighborhoods living paycheck to paycheck – sometimes one never came. We lived in motels and run-down homes until we got kicked out, never staying in the same place for very long. My father died suddenly and unexpectedly when I was a teenager. As a child, I never had financial help and usually held down multiple jobs while still attending school. At the time of my surgery, my income was low enough that I qualified for full coverage of all medical expenses, including a six-week stay in the hospital. My muscles were gone and I had to re-learn how to walk. Even simple tasks made me exhausted, but I have since greatly recovered.”

All of this brings us to the new Guerilla Toss EP, What Would The Odd Do?; a further exploration into new territories, while still remaining true to their fringe sound. Another exciting aspect of this release is the bands return to the legendary avant label NNA Tapes for a one-off release celebrating the label’s new ownership. A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the Harlem Harm Reduction Clinic, in an attempt to further our reach in the opiate crisis battle.

The album opens with the title track, What Would The Odd Do; a callout to all the lost souls that they’re not alone in feelings of existential dread. Peter’s intense drumming, alongside Arian Shafiee’s army of guitars, marches the listener into psychedelic oblivion. Kassie’s chorus of violins echoes the sounds of art-rock string luminaries Laurie Anderson and John Cale in the crusade to be your own God, control your own destiny. “If I think fast will I be wiser? Or does the test lie inside a timer? When you grow old are you a dier?” Perhaps it’s the quest for answers that unites us in the end, not the answers themselves.

Guerilla Toss
Live Dates

Sep 07 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC, NY
Sep 10 – Columbus Theatre – Providence, RI
Sep 11 – Tubby’s – Kingston, NY
Sep 12 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY
Sep 13 – Sugar City – Buffalo, NY
Sep 14 – The Garrison – Toronto, CAN
Sep 15 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, CAN
Sep 17 – ArtsRiot – Burlington, VT
Sep 18 – The Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
Sep 19 – SPACE Gallery – Portland, ME
Sep 20 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Sep 21 – Dream Picnic 3 – Holyoke, MA
Oct 19 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
Oct 22 – Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 23 – Neuroloux Lounge – Boise, ID
Oct 24 – Polaris Hall – Portland, OR
Oct 25 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, CAN
Oct 26 – The Vera Project – Seattle, WA
Oct 27 – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene, OR
Oct 29 – Outer Space Arcata – Arcata, CA
Oct 30 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
Nov 01 – The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 02 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 05 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
Nov 07 – Town Hall – ABQ – Albuquerque, NM
Nov 09 – Levitation – Austin, TX
Nov 10 – Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio – Denton, TX
Nov 11 – Opolis – Norman, OK