By Cheyanne Mandeville
I first heard about G.L.O.S.S. on NPR’s Fresh Air and immediately bought their demo on iTunes. G.L.O.S.S.—Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit – is an all female/transgender band formed in Olympia, Washington. Since researching it, I am sad to say that they have recently broken up, but their success is still a leap in a male dominated field that needs to be recognized. With songs like “Give Violence a Chance” and “Trans Day of Revenge” the hardcore riffs and political lyrics are protest music for the modern day woman.
Hardcore punk usually isn’t synonymous with femininity, although women have long enjoyed hobbies, sports, music, etc. that are not traditionally feminine. This presents a specific problem among transgender females because anything non-feminine becomes an accusation of integrity, as if they are “lying” about being women. G.L.O.S.S. embraces their passion for heavy and angry sound, while still being female, with lyrics like,
“They told us we were girls/
So we claimed our female lives/
Now they tell us we aren’t girls/
Our femininity doesn’t fit/
We’re fucking future girls/
Living Outside Society’s Shit!”
Their beloved self-titled demo, released in 2015, gave them immediate success and gained fans attention, before later releasing Trans Day Of Revenge in 2016. Fans in Olympia are hoping for a reunion but say that these songs will be relevant for 40+ years. Give them both a try on girlslivingoutsidesocietysshit.bandcamp.com or on iTunes.
Check out their EP “Trans Day Of Revenge” here!
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