Music | Review | Guerilla Toss – Eraser Stargazer


Out Now Via DFA records

Rating: 7/10

By Kieran Webber

‘Eraser Stargazer’ was written and recorded in 6 weeks of winter isolation in upstate New York. Fans of the group will hear all of the beloved hallmarks of the Guerilla Toss sound – solid bass grooves, squealing guitars, and kitchen sink percussion.

As a new listener to Guerilla Toss I was honestly shocked on my first listen, never have I heard something so unnatural and wrong. Yet no matter how much I reeled back in horror I was drawn into its mutated basslines and robotic riffs supplemented by Kassie Carlson’s high pitched and erratic vocals.

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There is something unnerving about their music but addictive at the same time, no matter how hard you try to avoid liking it you cannot help but find yourself grooving out to the madness. It is due to in between the disorder there is a sculpted sense of order, although at first listen their music sounds completely wild and out of control you will start to discover that it is in fact controlled chaos that as a band are the masters of.

A perfect example of this is ‘Diamond Girls’ in the midst of the erratic shouts and random percussion floats a completely funky and normal riff that generates control through the chaos. Another good example would be ‘Perfume’ although instead of the guitar taking the lead and keeping the music in control it is the percussion, the drums rhythmic almost hypnotic style keeps the song in line although the forefront of the track with high pitched coos from Kassie and jagged guitar create chaos it is somewhat under their control.

Guerilla Toss are madness and will leave your head spinning after a listen, but don’t let your mind take control when listening to ‘Eraser Stargazer’ silence your mind and let your body take over and you will see why their music is so unique and special. Although covered in insanity the music has funky, groovy element that will have you shaking and dancing, music that reaches your most neolithic.