Photo by Renate Winter
If you could distill relentless, righteous fury down to its purest and most unapologetic form, you would likely find that it takes on the appearance of a black and hot pink Bandcamp page proclaiming itself to be the voice of Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit. G.L.O.S.S. tore its way into the DIY punk scene with this commanding presence in early 2015, building on the active underground music community of their hometown Olympia.
Indeed, it’s more about ideology than genre, with radical feminism and queer politics set front and center, especially in tracks such as “Targets of Men.” Clocking in at less than two minutes, it’s a frenetic, enraged response to catcalling and transphobia, packing a violent punch with decimating roars, spastic guitars, and punctuating bass and drums.
The end result is an acclaimed discography that evokes an anarchic expression of social unrest, hearkens back to zines and tiny, passionate riot grrrl shows, kicks you in the teeth with its take-no-prisoners attitude towards equality, and spans about twelve minutes across ten tracks.
G.L.O.S.S. sadly announced their breakup this week, but you can still stream and pay what you want for their two releases, with all proceeds following their breakup going to the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter.