Genderqueer hardcore punks, G.L.O.S.S., have proven themselves to be the real deal. After releasing their standout EP, Trans Day of Revenge, last year, the band, whose name stands for “Girls Living Outside Society’s Shit,” stuck to their hardcore roots. Despite being named Pitchfork’s Best New Music, the group, led by transwoman Sadie Switchblade, maintained their DIY spirit, playing warehouse shows and being outspoken proponents for the LGBTQ community. With a punk rock ethos and highly politicized energy, G.L.O.S.S. was everything hardcore desperately needed—and everyone noticed.
But in the wake of their burgeoning profile, G.L.O.S.S. has decided to call it quits. The band announced today, via Maximum Rock ‘n Roll, the reasons behind their breakup.
“We want to measure success in terms of how we’ve been able to move people and be moved by people, how we’ve been able to grow as individuals,” they said. “This band has become too large and unwieldy to feel sustainable or good anymore—the only thing growing at this point is the cult of personality surrounding us, which feels unhealthy.”
The band described how mainstream success defies their purpose—having mainstream media outlets comment on the music they’ve written for the queer community has left them feeling misrepresented. With their growing visibility, G.L.O.S.S. felt the band’s message was being re-written for them.
“The punk we care about isn’t supposed to be about getting big or becoming famous,” they explained, “it’s supposed to be about challenging ourselves and each other to be better people. It feels hard to be honest and inward when we are constantly either put on a pedestal or torn down, worshiped or demonized. We want to be whole people, not one-dimensional cartoons.”
Founded in Olympia, Washington, less than two years ago, G.L.O.S.S. is Sadie Switchblade, Tannrr, Julaya, Corey and Jake. Their first EP, Demo, is a refreshing dose of authentic hardcore with powerful feminist lyrics. Trans Day of Revenge is a violent and raucous mix of anthems for outsiders. From the beginning, G.L.O.S.S. had no interest in success, their sole purpose to incite a revolution by saying fuck you to the establishment. Even in their breakup, the band has continued to achieve their initial goal.
G.L.O.S.S. will perform at Not Dead Yet Fest in Toronto this October, and are in the midst of planning their final show in the Northwest sometime this year. Post-breakup, the proceeds from any purchases of the album will benefit Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter in Olympia.
You can read the band’s full statement, here, and listen to Trans Day of Revenge, below.