What Would The Odd Do? by Guerilla Toss

What Would The Odd Do? by Guerilla Toss is a cosmic cacophony of rock, funk and dance that takes its cues from Todd Rundgren, Deerhoof and King Crimson. The album has been made on the other side of band leader Kassie Carlson's recovery from addiction which also included open heart surgery. Looking at life with a fresh perspective meant a move to New York and a new album made with a renewed vigour. 

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What Would The Odd Do? by Guerilla Toss
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8/10 Daoud 27 November 2019

Ooh Guerilla Toss do know how to get my attention. The title track from ‘What Would The Odd Do?’ starts with one of the most joyful rackets I’ve heard in ages. Synths are throbbing and squelching, and just filling the air with happiness and glee. 

It’s an explosion out of which emerge bandleader Kassie Carlson singing a series of increasingly intense questions, “is a liar ever admired?”, “if I think fast will I be wiser?”, “is the edge the end of the diver?” (yes, no, and… maybe?). Carlson herself leaves them all open ended which only adds to the pleasing disorientation of the track. 

The rest of the EP feels a bit more like what you’d expect from a band who have released music on DFA. ‘Plants’ starts with the sort of chunky bassline that James Murphy has built an empire on. Joined by synths and a pounding drum beat it becomes an overblown disco monstrosity. And that’s before you reach the key change in the middle of the chorus. Oof. 

There’s some more typically dance-punkish moments too. ‘Future Doesn’t Know’ starts with a meaty guitar riff and a drum roll before taking us back to 2002. ‘Moth Like Me’ has a guitar line that sounds like something Deerhoof would write, which is propelled along by drumming that veers into breakbeat. 

All of this is to say, ‘What Would The Odd Do?’ has a lot going on, and that lot is incredibly fun. 


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