Who They Are: Olympia, Washington's G.L.O.S.S – shorthand for Girls Living Outside Society's Shit – made one of the more forceful statements in punk's recent history last year with their five-song debut. The Girls Living Outside Society's Shit EP clocks in at just about eight minutes, but its barbed, blown-out hardcore attack is hard to forget, especially when coupled with transgender vocalist Sadie Switchblade's lyrics, which rail against conceptions of femininity and society's way of ostracizing those who are different. "What we do is antagonistic towards society… I'm interested in destroying society, not being tolerated by it," guitarist Jake Bison said in an interview with Maximum Rocknroll. The band's songs spare no one yet offer solidarity all the same.
Why They're Great: In addition to creating transformative tunes, G.L.O.S.S. also work to ensure that punk shows are places where women, people identifying as queer, trans folks, the disabled and people of color feel not just safe but welcome.
Signature Anthem: The mosh-worthy "Outcast Stomp" is a rallying cry for freaks, geeks, rejects and anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong.
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