This is a tricky record to review, for a multitude of reasons, greatest of all being the inherent socio-political messages. There is no separating them from the music here. G.L.O.S.S. are who they are, play who they are, write who they are, Sadie shouts who she is, and every last bit of it is socio-politically incendiary. For a while, there was a thought that I wasn’t qualified to write about this record, and maybe I’m not. I’m biased, but so would anyone else be. Reminding myself that I judge other people’s art and emotions all the time, always from a biased perspective, I’m now trying to look at this record as objectively as possible and express as clearly as I can, how I feel about it.
I feel that it is an essential, potentially revolutionary record that is leaps and bounds better than their promising debut. I feel as though this is the first really major step in a re-assessment in not only what it means to be a trans woman in music in the United States, not only a trans woman in the United States, not only a woman in the United States, but a human being in the United States, simply from a trans perspective. I feel as though the band didn’t make this record for me, but that I’m compelled to listen. I feel as though G.L.O.S.S. have moved past being a cult act, and have now become an act that can influence the hearts and minds of large numbers of future and potentially present-day Americans from all different backgrounds, provided the proper stage. I feel as though G.L.O.S.S. will in time become the most important band in hardcore since Minor Threat, and they have a far more important message to spread. I feel that, unlike a band like Pussy Riot, G.L.O.S.S. is able to combine their important message with real musical talent, assuring their message will spread wider and influence more and more people. I feel as though that 20-30 years from now, the United States will be a better place than it is now, and that this record will have a noticeable role.
I could write about how the production has improved, how the lyrics now address the fight to solve problems rather than just vent problems, how the presentation of the message has broadened, but its core principals remain intact. I’d rather you just listen from the first-hand source though.
If the debut was the list of grievances from untouchable trans icons, Trans Day of Revenge is the rallying cry of humanized individuals who can change the world if they so choose.
Wow, I kinda failed with that objectivity thing.
Also d-beat is back in 2016 and better than ever, how crazy is that?
Listen to Trans Day of Revenge:
I believe US copies are sold out, but Sabotage still has copies, so buy the record here. It’s well worth the shipping costs.