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    Guerilla Toss – “Gay Disco” – [NNA]

    gtosser
    Pretty much the same five as their first release, well the guitarist
    changed his middle name and the bassist lost his clothes. Still they
    have Kassie Carlson on hissy fit vocals. I think she kinda digs
    the rhythm of phrases, and her hysteric vocals are definitely
    ear-catching (and the lyrics printed this time too, to see if
    you can swim up the stream of her consciousness). Too bad there’s
    no karoake option to hear just the music, I don’t think anyone
    else in the world would come up with the same malady/melody to
    drop on top. The musicians are top notch, but in a state of
    near constant helter-skelter swelter. Must be a lot sweat when
    the play live. I’ve got to believe one of them sleeps with a Yes
    album under his pillow. Or maybe Belew-era King Crimson? It’s
    allllll backtalk. Listening to this album, I pictured a wild pack
    of clowns, driving around town, but really evil clowns not the
    type that everyone pretends to be afraid of, but the mastermind-
    behind-horrible-crimes kinda clowns. There’s a serious goofiness
    or goofy seriousness at play, and some insane composition at work
    as well. On the lead off track, there’s some of the guitar
    slide-stretch ripped from a Wile E. Coyote prank, and other
    cartoon squiggles too. Peter Negroponte as drummer somehow holds
    it all together, but Ian Kovac Jr’s synth fills help a lot.
    There were about five of us KFJC’ers who really dug the Feeding
    Tube release, this one is a little tighter in sound and the
    songs more recognizable chorus/verse/break/end’s than last time.
    Dig the squishy physicist’s funk moves on “Operate.” Eavesdrop
    on the phone message intro for “Sugar Better” did the guy say
    “I’m a big wheel” then Kassie comes on and channels her
    Japanese exchange student and invokes some haiku jitsu.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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