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BIO

Analog synthesizers give tangible life to the works of Guerilla Toss. Whether it be the sound of a rocket ship, a kitten-with-a-wah, distorted dolphins, or a clavichord made out of honey-baked ham, the band consistently finds new ways to bring together the many ideas that combine to shape each new batch of art-rock puzzle pieces. 

Twisted Crystal, Guerilla Toss’ new LP, feels more personal than ever for the band. Angular yet irresistibly catchy, this collection of pop songs pulls influence from powerful groups like The Slits, ESG, Gina X, and early Madonna, with sing-speak vocals from Kassie Carlson nodding to legendary artists like Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones, and Lizzy Mercier Descloux – combining this all into a twisted, crystalline concoction. 

Oracles and enigmatic egos are common lyrical themes, but charismatic instrumentality springs the listener back to extraterrestrial comfort. Old favorite sounds ring true from the trusty Sequential Circuits Six Track Synthesizer and Clavia Drum Machine. New, more refined sounds are molded and polished by drummer/producer Peter Negroponte, whose passion for perfection and creation goes far beyond an all-consuming Tetris effect. Peter has truly excelled on this new recording, creating a complex networks of beats and sound that become easily intertwined with the rhythmic fabric of life. 

Raised in a devoutly religious family, vocalist Kassie Carlson started performing at the age of five. She often participated in large pastoral choral performances, as well as her family’s four-part harmony gospel quartet, making her no stranger to the stage. Growing up under the fear of God leaves a distinct footprint on your perception. An omnipresent male dictates not only your present waking life but also the rest of your eternity. Discovering a rock band was more than self-expression for Kassie, it was a manifestation of a self-healing temple, a personal pipeline for power. What better way to part the waters of toxic sludge than a matriarchal shout? 

Arian Shafiee, Guerilla Toss’ resident textural-guitar guru, is inspired by aspects of non-Western tuning and extended techniques. He designs moments of dense, glistening, pitch-shifted harmony and measured strumming that link classical impressionism to no-wave and early minimal music. His recent solo work truly comes through on this new record, as he tethers fantastical surreality to noise rock to deconstructed Middle Eastern pop music. 

Keyboardist Sam Lisabeth paws the keys with distinct virtuosity and expressive sass. A new member, Stephen Cooper (of the band Cloud Becomes Your Hand), binds the group with an urgent, disciplined, and melodic style. The hypnotic, ostinato-like basslines and up front rhythm tracks guide and grip each song like gravity, keeping the listener from swirling off into the cosmos. 

In albums past, Kassie’s performances resembled more of a manic, possessed high priestess; humming at the gates of hell, hacking telepathy and tugging the strings of every audience member. Twisted Crystal goes beyond this familiar darkness, leading us into a rhythmically calming charm with deep wisdom, serenity, and understanding. What is a twisted crystal? And who told you it would heal? 

At times the listener wanders through mazes of dizzying, alternately pulsing time signatures, but the roads always bounce, meet and magically snap back together. That meditative groove, both live and in the studio, has become signature for Guerilla Toss, drawing deep influence from 70s krautrock and experimental rock music like Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Neu!, Cluster, Todd Rundgren, and La Dusseldorf. 

A constantly evolving, living breathing entity, the band now presents the album Twisted Crystal. Enjoy the same surrealistic, kinetic healing energy of live Guerilla Toss, today in your own home.  

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VIDEO

 
 

Guerilla Toss - “Meteorological” (Official Video)

THE VIDEO: A Giraffe Studios Production 

Directed by Nicky Giraffe & Juliana Giraffe 

Edited by Nicky Giraffe 

Colored by Kassie Carlson

http://www.giraffestudiosla.com/

BreakThruRadioTV

Published on May 26, 2016

Guerilla Toss seems to exist in an acid-drenched cartoon world of future music. Stylistically, there’s some sort of punk/funk/jazz jam going on, but never mind the ingredients, this band’s all about the end result, which is a strange, morphing blend of totally mind-bending goodness, pulled together by the vocal performance of Kassie Carlson. Though they originated in the Boston area, the group has since found its way to New York, where their collaborators in the DFA-related and Brooklyn experimental/art scene provide some pretty fertile ground for collaboration. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to blow our minds. Eraser Stargazer by Guerrilla Toss is available now from DFA Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview: http://b-t-r.co/1R4sijz


Guerilla Toss - “Betty Dreams Of Green Men” (Official Video) [DFA Records]

Directed by Trllm

Taken from the album GT Ultra

Out now on DFA Records


Guerilla Toss - The String Game (Official Video) [DFA Records]

VIDEO CREDITS: Physical digital hybrid, animated ink painting + clay featuring drawings from GToss lyricist Kassie Carlson Created by Trllm

THE SONG: "The String Game" is the first single from GT Ultra, the new LP from Guerilla Toss.

The track is out worldwide Friday May 19, 2017 on all digital & streaming services.

THE ALBUM: GT Ultra vinyl and CD will also be in indie shops & DFA Bandcamp May 19, 2017. Support your local indie shops please! GT Ultra digital & streaming will be available Friday June 23, 2017.

ORDER VINYL & CD HERE

LP Artwork by Mark McCloud / Blotter Barn Recorded & Mixed by Dan Walker @ Submarine http://www.thesubmarinestudio.com Mastered by Heba Kady @ Timeless Mastering


Guerilla Toss - Skull Pop (Official Video) [DFA Records]

VIDEO CREDITS: Physical digital hybrid, digital animation + clay puppets and strata-cut animation Created by Trllm

WATCH THE BEHIND THE SCENES:

GT Ultra, the new LP from Guerilla Toss, is out now on all formats. Vinyl and CD versions are also in all good indie shops & direct on DFA or Bandcamp.

PRESS

TWISTED CRYSTAL

ALBUM PRESS

Vanyaland - Featured band of the week on (December 2018)

Byte’s - “Top Reviewed Albums of 2018,”

Free Williamsburg - “The Year in Electronica;”

Tinnitist’s - Honorable Mention on “Top Alternative Albums of 2018”   

Post Trash - “Best Albums of 2018,” Album #41

Radio K - “Top 77 of 2018”, Album #63

The Needle Drop - “Best of 2018 List”, Album #47

WPTS - “Top 50 Albums of 2018”, Album #43

Stereogum - “Meteorological” - Video premiere

Brooklyn Vegan - Album announce and tour dates and video posted

Music & Riots - Album announce, tour dates and video

Son of Marketing - Album announce, tour dates and video

Nerdcore - Album announce, tour dates and video

Tiny Mix Tapes - Album announce, tour dates and video blog post

Consequence of Sound - “Upcoming Releases” list

Post-Trash - “Upcoming Releases” list

“Green Apple” premiered on Brooklyn Vegan, posted on Stereogum, Son of Marketing

Gimme Tinnitus - Meteorological” song posted

AV Club - list of “30 Most Anticipated Albums of September”

Self-Titled - “Come Up With Me” video premiere

Stereogum - Blog post on “Come Up With Me”

Dansende Beren - (Belgium) - Blog post on “Come Up With Me”

Tomorrow Hit Today - (Italy) - Blog post on “Come Up With Me”

Brooklyn Vegan - “20 New Songs Out Today”

Under the Radar - “10 Best Songs of the Week”

Exclaim! - Album Review

Indie Rocks - (Mexico) - Twisted Crystal album review

Pitchfork - “Guide to New Albums, Fall 2018,”

Stereogum - “Other Albums of Note” feature

QRO’s - “What to Look For – Fall 2018”

Pitchfork - Album Review

Northern Transmissions - Album Review

Dusted Magazine - Album Review

Nieuweplaat (Netherlands) - Album Review

Earbuddy - Album Review

Bleep - Album Review

KEXP - Album Review

Lodown Magazine - Album Review

Bleep - Mix

Gimme Tinnitus - Interview

Audiofuzz - “Meteorological” premiere

Piccadilly Records - Staff Picks

The Needle Drop - Album Review

The Revue - Album review

Mxdown - Album review

Music & Riots - Album review

College Media Network - Album review

Ottawa Life - Album review

Byte (Ball State University) - Album review

Radio K - Weekly Release Spotlight

No Ripcord - Album review

Tiny Mix Tapes - Album review

Gigsoup - Album review

ACRN - Album review

Molars - Album review

Breviario Auditivo (Mexico) -Album review

Post Trash - Album Review

Les Oreilles Curieuses - (France) - Album Review

The Niche Cache - “Album Jukebox” September list

Velvet Sheep - “Song for Ewe” feature with Kassie Carlson

Punk News - Photos of band’s Toronto show featured

AdHoc - Kassie Carlson’s “Life Advice” feature

Boston Hassle - Album reviewed

Austin Chronicle - Austin show included in “Live Music Recommendations for the Weekend”

Boston Hassle - (online) - Post about Boston performance

Indy Week - Post about Raleigh performance

Nashville Scene - Post about Nashville show

KEXP - “Meteorological” featured as Song of the Day

Metal Sucks - Album ranked #10 on “Snaximus’ Smackers Only of 2018”

Under the Radar - Album review

Brooklyn Vegan - Album included on Bodega’s “Favorite Albums of 2018”

STREAMING:

Notable Spotify playlist placement: Indielandia (34k followers), Editors’ Picks México (11k followers), Sub Pop Suggests (5.7k followers), The Bleep Playlist (4.2k followers), Okayplayer’s “The Round-Up” (1.9k followers)

RADIO:

Airplay on stations such as WFMU (New York City / Hoboken), KEXP (Seattle), Chirp Radio (Chicago), WCBN (Ann Arbor), WWCD (Columbus), WRIR (Richmond), CITR (Vancouver), Radio UTD (Dallas)

GT ULTRA

ALBUM PRESS

ONLINE:

Stereogum - “Spider Heard” writeup

Northern Transmissions - “Spider Heard” named ‘Song of the Day’, Day of release

Pitchfork Tracks - Reviewed “Betty Dreams of Green Men”

A.V. Club - “Betty Dreams of Green Men” review

Son of Marketing - “Betty Dreams of Green Men” review

Stereogum - Interview and premiere of “Betty Dreams of Green Men”  

Stereogum - “The String Game” [video] premiere

The Deli Mag - “The String Game” [video] premiere

The Needle Drop - “The String Game” [video] premiere

Last Gas Station - “The String Game” [video] premiere

“The String Game” [audio] premiered on Stereogum and was also posted on WNYC Soundcheck, Boston Hassle, Post-Trash, Underrated (Russia), ThrdCoast, Sound Renaissance, This Is Not A Drill, Live Music Daily,  The Fat Angel Sings

Stereogum - “The String Game” listed on ‘The Five Best Songs of the Week’

NPR Music’s All Songs Considered - “Betty Dreams of Green Men” feature

Stereogum - “Skull Pop” [audio] posted

Son of Marketing - “Skull Pop” [audio] posted

Screaming Guitars - “Skull Pop” [audio] posted

Scene and Heard TV - “Skull Pop” [audio] posted

A.V. Club - “Some Albums To Expect in June”

Stereogum - GT Ultra album review

Earmilk - GT Ultra album review

Post Trash - GT Ultra album review

If Its Too Loud - GT Ultra album review

Sputnik Music - GT Ultra album review

AudioStream - GT Ultra album review

Splice Today - GT Ultra album review

KSDB Manhattan - ‘Under The Radar Albums’ (June)

The Needle Drop - Best & Worst Tracks: 6/18

Boston Hassle - Album Release Show [preview]

Pitchfork - GT Ultra album review

The Needle Drop - GT Ultra album review

Stereogum - ‘Heavy Rotation’ - GT Ultra album review

El Telescopio (Madrid) - Album of the Week

Tiny Mix Tapes - Album review

Gig Soup - Album review

Debaser (Italy) - Album review

Bandcamp - Featured as “Album of the Day”

Northern Transmissions - “5 Overlooked Albums of 2017”

Colorado Daily - “On Air Next: Top 10 Records of 2017,”

Crossfader Magazine - “Music Roundup 7/10/17”

The Deli - “The 7 Best Electronic Records of 2017 by Emerging NYC Artists”

RADIO:

Receiving airplay on stations such as WFMU (New York City/Hoboken), KCRW (Los Angeles), KEXP (Seattle), Radio K (Minneapolis), KVRX (Austin, TX), WTUL (New Orleans), WNYU (New  York City), PRX, WPRB (Princeton)

ERASER STARGAZER

ALBUM PRESS

All Music (Online) - Album review by Heather Phares

Austin American Statesman (Daily) - Feature in advance of SXSW by Patrick Caldwell

BeatRoute (Monthly) - Album review in Mar. issue per Colin Gallant

Breakthru Radio (Online) - Feature by Zach Schepis

Consequence of Sound (Online) - Album Review per Adam Kivel

Culture Collide (Online) - Guacamole Video feature per Leah Hobbs

Earbuddy (Online) - Album Review per Nick Krenn

Hype Machine (Online) - Album stream per Dev Sherlock

Le Canal Auditif (Online) - Album Review per Louis-Philippe Labreche

The Noise (Online) - Album Review by George Dow

Noisey (Online) - Premiered “Grass Shack” by Annalise Domenighini, 2/18

Pitchfork (Online) - Album Review by Aaron Leitko, 2/26

PopMatters (Online) - Album Review by Matt Fiander

Reviler (Online) - Album Review by Josh Keller

Stereogum (Online) - Feature by James Rettig

Stereophile (Monthly) - Album Review by Robert Baird, May issue (streets early April)

Boston Hassle - Blog post on “Diamond Girls” by Will McCall, 2/20

Brooklyn Vegan - News item on album stream w/ show tags by Rob Sperry-Fromm, 2/19

Creative Loafing - Featured writeup w/ link to album stream in “The A List” column by Ben Braunstein, 2/24

Music & Riots - Blog post on album stream, 2/22

Recommended Listen - Blog post on “Grass Shack,” 2/18

Stereogum - News item on album announcement w/ “Diamond Girls” by James Rettig, 1/15

Stereogum - News item on “Grass Shack” by Gabriela Tully Claymore, 2/18

Stereogum - News item on album stream by James Rettig, 2/19

MEMBERS

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Kassie Carlson

Peter Negroponte

Arian Shafiee

Samuel Lisabeth

Stephe Cooper

Guerilla Toss is an art rock band formed in 2010 and from Boston, MA. Now based in New York, NY, the group currently consists of singer Kassie Carlson, drummer Peter Negroponte, guitarist Arian Shafiee, keyboardist Sam Lisabeth, and bassist Stephe Cooper. They have released six studio albums, seven EPs, and three remix albums, and they are currently signed to DFA Records. They were also listed in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “10 Great Modern Punk Bands”.