Who They Are: An irrepressible art-punk band with an uncompromising, New Age-meets-No Wave sensibility, Boston's Guerilla Toss rove from coast to coast with no solid objective but to be here, now. Its members convened after being liberated from the confines of their respective music conservatories and gospel choirs, opting instead to churn out noise-funk tantrums that recall both the devilish frenzy of Primus and the calculated, synthy chaos of Sixties psych lords Silver Apples. Above the racket, Kassie Carlson yowls prophecies like a wizened, Krautrock priestess, transported from the next millennium. "Anyone that goes to art school at some point goes through a phase like, 'Fuck art school, fuck school, it’s a scam,'" drummer Peter Negroponte told Wondering Sound, after the release of Gay Disco in 2013. "Then you grow past that, because it’s immature. But let me clarify: You don’t ever have to have studied music to be in a band. Most of the cool bands did not study music."
Why They're Great: Their aura is tie-dye, but their sound is brutal enough to incite a decent pit.
Signature Anthem: "Doll Face on the Calico Highway," from their new DFA debut, Eraser Stargazer, exhibits the band's peak idiosyncrasy through screeching organs and esoteric, Ari Up-like incantations.
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