G.L.O.S S. (Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit) are refusing to be silenced. They’re queer, they’re femme, they’re trans and seething with rage. ‘Trans Day Of Revenge’ is a ferocious kick in the teeth – and the unbearable relevancy of this hardcore punk release following the horrific mass shootings in Orlando, makes it all the more poignant. It’s a smack in the face, a fearless middle finger to society and it creates a space for marginalised voices pent up with wrath and frustration. They’ve hit breaking point and are using the EP to call out unjust politics, racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia – it’s incredibly cathartic. It’s an unapologetic call to arms – and relatable or not, this EP will ignite an inner fury and give you something to be angry about.
Empowerment. That’s what you’ll feel after listening to this EP. Those who can relate will feel a sense of solidarity and be ready to take action. G.L.O.S.S. are vocalising the very real dangers and brutal experiences that come along with being queer or in minority groups. There’s nothing left for them to do except demand revenge against their oppressors. As soon as the first track ‘Give Violence A Chance’ starts, you know they’re going to make you listen to what they have to say. It’s raw punk to the core – and the potent brevity of the nonstop five tracks reiterates that now they’ve finally found a voice, they’re definitely not going to let it be taken away.
You can feel the wrath smouldering from the blisteringly fast-paced riffs in ‘Trans Day Of Revenge’. Fierce yells saturated with exhaustion and repetitive volatile lyrics, morph the track into a defiant anthem like war cry. ‘Fight’ sees the repetitive lyrical plea to “fight for your life” take over the entire track, making palpable the excruciating struggle for survival and visibility in a hatred fuelled, discriminatory society.
The profuse importance of ‘Trans Day Of Revenge’ and punk bands such as G.L.O.S.S. are understated. It’s just what we needed – an outlet for marginalised communities stifled by anger, especially in light of recent events. The struggle to be heard, visible and validated are pivotal in this EP. They’ve used it to gain access to a space and a voice that is so often denied to trans and queer people. G.L.O.S.S. are refusing to let discrimination be swept under the carpet any longer. Brace yourself. This is a brief but potent eruption of a rage that’s been simmering below the surface of unbearable layers of oppression.