Guerilla Toss wear a mask of chaos which covers up deep thoughts, an intense self-awareness and in places surprisingly philosophical stance.
Doing their thing since 2012, and with a bit of a lineup change along the way, Guerilla Toss are bringing out their new album, “Eraser Stargazer”, this Friday.
Their “don’t give a damn” attitude is delivered via the frenzy of yelps and caterwauls of Carlson and the funked up garage punk music, with a slight jazz feel in places inasmuch as it’s pretty random!
At times, it kind of feels like there is a very slight loss of direction, but then they come out with a gem of a lyric or a colourful sound palette which makes it all get back on track. This is, to me, certainly apparent in “Diamond Girls”, which feels a little off beat to start with, but then a moment occurred in which the understated bass sounds came to the forefront of the tune before the delirious, spasmodic vocals and drums kicked in again, and I was drawn to the song in its entirety.
This band isn’t scared to be themselves, and that appeals to me. Their ex-guitarist Simon Hanes had a tendency to perform naked – I’ve only ever personally seen evidence of Iggy Pop doing that before!
Is this music unhinged, or genius? You decide. Whatever it is, I’m hypnotised.