Petrol Girls

PETROL GIRLS

BIKINI KILL INFLUENCED PUNKS TAKE FIRM STANCE ON DEBUT RELEASE

“I just fucking love letting rip into a microphone every night. I can be in the middle of a massive breakdown, and still drag my ass on stage then love performing. It’s pure catharsis.” Introducing Ren Aldridge, lead singer of the new riot grrl band Petrol Girls, a 4-piece exploding onto the punk scene with their heavy lo-fi sound, dogmatic authority and charisma by the bucket load. This band made up of two boys and two girls make their first confrontational statement with lead single ‘Phallocentric’, which Ren explains; “’Phallocentric’ came out of a conversation I had with a female friend about uninspiring sexual experiences with men and how much our sex lives had improved the more we rejected heteronormative approaches. I really don’t think that’s a reflection on those men as individuals, but more to do with our whole society’s attitude to sex.” Though society’s outlook to sex is changing rapidly, Ren acknowledged; “I think we have to talk it out! And make other kinds of sexuality more visible in culture though TV, music, art, media; all the different ways we make sense of the world. I feel like I’ve already witnessed a big change in this in my lifetime.”

The single is taken from the bands debut album ‘Talk of Violence’ which they named after the recording process was finished; “We listened back to it and violence was a clear theme: from this idea of protesters taking direct action being called violent when what they’re protesting against is infinitely more violent, to personal experiences of sexual violence, to the violence of the system of borders that is becoming increasingly evident at the moment, to psychological violence.” But not all of the song content is linked exclusively to largescale issues. Ren told LTW; “We just write honestly from our own experiences, and hopefully this means we can take part in a conversation about what the fuck we’re actually going to do politically, as a community. Like how are we going to combat the rise in fascism, racism and anti-migrant bullshit in society?” Petrol Girls are currently on tour with punk rock giants Dead Kennedys and loving every minute; “We’re more than half way through our record release tour. We played a fucking great show in Bristol towards the start of this tour for Punk vs Rave where the whole front was just loads of women, absolutely shit faced, going wild. I kept having to catch people. It was fucking awesome. Supporting Dead Kennedy’s is pretty insane!”

SOUNDS LIKE: WAR ON WOMEN /MAID OF ACE/ PROPAGANDHI

OUT NOW: ‘TALK OF VIOLENCE’ (BOMBER MUSIC)

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