I know it’s cliche, but Guerilla Toss is very difficult to pin down to a specific genre. It’s riot grrrl, electronic, and bass-heavy rock all melted together into one final product. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t very bizarre, but something about it speaks to me. Eraser Stargazer has been my first exposure to Guerilla Toss. I specifically remember hearing one of the singles off of this record, “Diamond Girls.” I honestly wasn’t sure what I was listening to. I just knew I wanted more.
They call themselves “new age rage,” so for the sake of this review, that’s what I will go with in terms of (made up) genres. Most of the music is noise, bass, and the lead female vocalist exclaiming in rage. “Grass Shack” even reminds me quite a bit of Primus (for you Les Claypool fans like 16 year old Dylan). Just don’t go expecting to hear Claypool’s vocals. I would say Guerilla Toss’ vocalist screams, but I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. I would probably say it’s just loudly frustrated vocals if that makes any sense.
Overall, the album is very fun. It has a way of blending together. The album is not particularly long in length, and while each track is different, the transitions are seamless, and it can feel like just a continuation of the previous song. That can be good or bad depending on the point in the album. The first track, “Mutibeast TV,” sets the tone for the record. The “rage” becomes apparent from the first five seconds of the album.
Music with riot grrrl elements isn’t for everyone, and if you know for a fact you aren’t a fan of riot grrrl music in general, this album isn’t for you. However, I would just say to keep an open mind and plan on having fun as you listen through Eraser Stargazer. If you do that, you won’t be disappointed. Not every track is a gem, but all are worth listening to. Whichever track, you’re in for a fast-paced, rage-filled good time. Know that any time you hear someone say “it’s just noise” when describing a band, that’s not always a bad thing. Guerilla Toss is a great example for that. There’s a lot going on with this music, but it is methodically performed.
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By: Dylan Swoyer