Friday, October 4, 2019

Guerilla Toss - "Plants"

Photo by Vanessa Castro
With their new single, "Plants," Guerilla Toss go further into their dance-noise sound. "Plants" is completely a dance song, with no traces of noise rock able to be found. It's interesting that they're going with such a fun, uplifting sound, given the subject matter of their upcoming EP. What Would the Odd Do? is inspired by singer Kassie Carlson's near death experience due to a blood clot from an opiate addiction that led to open heart surgery. 

According to Carlson: “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.”

You can listen to "Plants" below. What Would the Odd Do? is due for release on October 18 via NNA Tapes. You can pre-order the EP here. For more on Guerilla Toss, check out their website.

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