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Petrol Girls: ‘Big Mouth’ – feat. LOUD WOMEN’s Cassie Fox, Efa Supertramp and Chi Chi

Petrol Girls continue to storm the barricades with their empowering and awesome new single, ‘Big Mouth’.

The video begins with a shout out to the Solidarity Not Silence campaign, which continues its fight to defend women who spoke out against abuse. It continues with a backdrop of faces and voices, including Cassie Fox (LOUD WOMEN’s founder / I, Doris), our beloved Efa Supertramp, and vocalist Chi Chi from German queercore band Hyena Hysteria.

Petrol Girls say of the video:

“There’s a lot of politics around who is heard and what that means, and many marginalised groups are only tolerated when they’re quiet – “keep your voice down/ know your place/ bite your tongue/ you best behave…” When they refuse this containment and control they’re met with attempts to silence them.
A perfect example of this is the defamation case which aims to silence the Solidarity Not Silence girls – a group of women who each separately spoke out against the behaviour of a man in the music industry.
This song is massively influenced by a series of interviews I did on the topic of voice with various vocalists, including Chi Chi who appears in the video, and Jacob V Joyce who also helped to write the chorus lyrics for this song. For the video we removed my recorded vocals from the breakdown to make space for other people’s voices – this is a tactic we’ve been developing for a while now, which aims to push this classic punk/ hardcore gesture of passing the mic as far as we can. Thanks to Kit, Maryam, Cassie, Chi Chi and Efa for contributing!”

Petrol Girls’ new album “Cut & Stitch” will be out May 24th via Hassle Records – pre-order yours today from here!

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Petrol Girls: Cut and Stitch – LP review

Review by Caitlin Webb

Hard-rocking four piece Petrol Girls are some of the feminist rock scene’s biggest rising acts. They’ve spent the last year bringing their fierce hardcore style and lyrics of cathartic rage to new listeners across the continent on a plethora of tour dates, and all of this has given them the “patchwork of different sounds, ideas and feelings” that inspire their upcoming album Cut and Stitch.

As the title suggests, the album expands on their previous EPs and LPs to give a more angular and experimental style that does indeed sound like a quirky patchwork, but their fiery spirit has stayed very much the same. This is encapsulated in the intro, where a trippy and distorted background drone accompanies frontwoman Ren Aldridge’s ponderings on the music industry and even more existential concepts of creativity as a whole. It’s a clear signpost into a more experimental leaning for the record, which the rest of the interludes reflect. However, it still gives listeners a nice reminder of Petrol Girls’ sharp songwriting abilities and activist instincts, which leads us seamlessly into leadoff single ‘The Sound’. Drummer Zock Astpai’s transition expertly builds tension before dropping into the relentless single, where punky powerhouse riffs soundtrack Aldridge’s frank revelation of feeling unheard as a minority. As one of the bands’ biggest selling points has always been emotional honesty and intensity, this fits them perfectly. But as always, there’s no way for energy like this to go unheard; it demands to be taken seriously with any listener’s full attention.

In contrast with some of the songs on their previous album, Talk Of Violence, which seemed to capture the anger and bargaining stages of the grief and trauma process, a lot of this record’s songs are built on the idea that “sometimes being vulnerable is just as radical as being angry”, as Aldridge told us. This vulnerability is as unashamed as their anger is, from the insecurity turned pride in refusing to conform and assimilate that we see on ‘Monstrous’ to the struggle men face to express their emotions under expectations of toxic masculinity that are explored in ‘Talk In Tongues’. Both tracks prove the group’s commitment to activism in their music, not just through anger but through nuance. Their lyrics show a real struggle that’s matched by their stormy and tense playing, as well as by the pained screaming vocals; there’s a real passion to their entire sound with which the band implore listeners to join them in solidarity.

‘Cut & Stitch’ will be released on May 24th via Hassle Records, and will be available on 12” vinyl and CD. There are limited indie-exclusive and official store-exclusive vinyl colourways, plus a screenprinted sleeve version of the LP and a Rough Trade Edition written by Ren, both exclusive to Bandcamp.

PETROL GIRLS ON TOUR:
MAY
02 – SBAM Fest, Wels AT
04 – Ladyfuzz Fest, Brighton UK
05 – Handmade Fest, Leicester UK
05 – 0161 Fest, Manchester UK
09 – The Great Escape Fest, Brighton UK
22 – Anti-Fest, Antwerp BE
23 – Anti-Fest, Amesfoort NL
27 – Rough Trade Instore, Nottingham
28 – Rough Trade Instore, Bristol
29 – Rough Trade Instore, London East
31 – New Cross Inn, London(w/ War on Women)
JUN
01 – Hell Hath No Fury Fest, Manchester
03 – Autonomour Space, Glasgow(w/ War on Women)
04 – Red Rum, Stafford (w/ War on Women)
05 – The Cavern, Exeter (w/ War on Women)
07 – Magasin 4, Brussels BE (w/ War on Women)
09 – Booze Cruise, Hamburg DE
10 – Bei Chez Heinz, Hannover DE(w/ War on Women)
11 – Underdogs, Prague CR(w/ War on Women)
12 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE(w/ War on Women)
13 – AJZ Bahndamm, Wermelskirchen DE(w/ War on Women)
14 – Jugendhaus West, Stuttgart DE(w/ War on Women)
15 – Gibus Club, Paris FR (w/ War on Women)
16 – Le Farmer, Lyon FR (w/ War on Women)
18 – Dynamo Werk 21, Zurich CH(w/ War on Women)
19 – EKH, Vienna AT(w/ War on Women)
20 – Kapu, Linz AT(w/ War on Women)
21 – Glockenbachwerkstatt(w/ War on Women)
22 – Bollwerk 107, Moers(w/ War on Women)
28 – Trabendo – Paris, France (w/ La Dispute)
29 – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany (w/ La Dispute)
30 – Gorilla – Manchester, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute)
JUL
01 – Saint Luke’s – Glasgow, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute)
02 – Electric Brixton – London, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute)
05 – Astra – Berlin – Berlin, Germany (w/ La Dispute)
07 – Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany (w/ La Dispute)
08 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany (w/ La Dispute)
09 – Legend Club – Milan, Italy (w/ La Dispute)
11 – 2000Trees Festival, Cheltenham UK
13 – Kliko Fest, Haarlem, NL

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Petrol Girls: The Sound – new music

Our alltime favourites Petrol Girls have just announced a new album coming out 24 May – Cut & Stitch – and they’ve released a banging first single here, ‘The Sound’, capturing the essence of DIY punk. We are just so into this. The band explain more:

We are not claiming our own music to define ‘The Sound’ – the track is more like an appreciation of sound as something that’s constantly evolving, and that everyone can use and develop in their own way. It’s a kind of manifesto for the political potential of sound… Make your own noise! Disseminate!’

The album Cut & Stitch is available to preorder now from Bandcamp.

Catch Petrol Girls live at Ladyfuzz Fest in Brighton on 3/4 May

Petrol Girls: The Future is Dark – EP review

pgPetrol Girls
The Future is Dark (EP)
Out 14 September 2018
Hassle Records
Reviewed by Cassie Fox for Louderthanwar

Petrol Girls are a female-fronted band. And that’s no lazy music journo condescension: the point of this band is feminism, delivered to your skull and your heart via an extraordinarily-talented hardcore punk band. But let’s be clear: they do so because they are fronted by a woman – namely, the fucking legend that is feminist activist, punk Masters student and international artiste, Ren Aldridge.

No bourgeois intros for the Petrol Girls: their new EP ‘The Future is Dark’ starts feet on the floor, drums clicks in, and straight in your face with a sucker-punch message:

‘I’m not a victim, I survived – it was my anger that kept me alive’.

Right to it: brutal, honest, raw punk poetry straddling hefty guitars and intricate drums. ‘Survivor’ is a message of fierce solidarity with the #metoo generation. Nodding, crying, dancing, raging: all appropriate reactions to this anthem.

‘Sister’ begins more slowly, showcasing some beautiful, melodic guitar work – but, much more to the point, giving room at the start of the accompanying video for the voices of the band’s punk community to talk about what sisterhood means to them. Allowing others to be heard is a key theme for Ren – she passes the mic, especially to her sisters. She says:

“I’ve been wanting for us to write a song about sisterhood for a long time, because it’s these relationships that have had the biggest impact on my life and that form the heart of my feminism. I think society often puts too much emphasis on sexual relationships when sisterhood is incredibly important and powerful. This song celebrates a relationship that can pose a real threat to capitalism and patriarchy because it challenges competition and is built on care and trust.”

Final track ‘Strike’ is a good old fashioned call to arms, and it fucking rocks. If you haven’t thrown down your tools, nose-thumbed the boss, and organised your fellow-workers into counter-hegemonic action after 3 minutes’ listening then you need to listen again, and better:

Are you waiting to storm the winter palace, bro?
picture yourself on the front page?
do you want a fucking monument
or are you here to make change?

Of course, the band call ‘all out’, leave the studio at around 2 minutes 30 into the track, and presumably go hold some meetings.

I love this band so much. They’re coming to headline LOUD WOMEN Fest on 15 September at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, and I could not be more excited.

Petrol Girls - The Future is Dark EPPREORDER THE FUTURE IS DARK EP 
Available on limited etched 12” vinyl w/ hand-screenprinted sleeve

UPCOMING TOUR DATES: 
AUGUST
Fri, 24    UK, Reading Festival
Sat, 25   UK, Leeds Festival
SEPTEMBER
Tue, 11  Austria, Wiener Neustadt, Triebwerk
Thu, 13  Germany, Munich, Baracke
Fri, 14   UK, Bristol, Mother’s Ruin
Sat, 15   UK, London, Tufnell Park Dome – Loud Women Fest
Mon, 17 France, Paris, Olympic Cafe
Tue, 18  Netherlands, Amsterdam, Cinetol
Thu, 20 Germany, Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
Fri, 21  Spain, Madrid, Sala Wurlitzer
Sat, 22  Spain, Valencia, Alberto Quimera Festival
Tue, 25 Sweden, Stockholm, Kafe 44
Thu, 27 Germany, Kiel, Kieler Schaubude
Sat, 29  Germany, Berlin, Scharni 38
Sun, 30 Czech Republic, Prague 7, Cross Club
OCTOBER
Mon 1  Czech Republic, Brno, Kabinet Můz
Thu, 4   Poland, Poznan, Pod Minoga
Fri, 5    Poland, Warsaw, Klub Poglos
Sat, 6    Austria, Vienna, EKH

CONNECT WITH PETROL GIRLS:
https://www.facebook.com/Petrolgirls/
https://twitter.com/Petrol_Girls
https://petrolgirls.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Words by Cassie Fox. More writing by Cassie on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She tweets as @cassieefox or @loudwomenclub 

The LOUD WOMEN Fest 3 line-up revealed!

This year’s final line-up for LOUD WOMEN Fest has just been announced, and now includes worldclass artists She Makes War and Efa Supertramp! Here’s a taster of how it’s going to look …

This, the 3rd annual LOUD WOMEN Fest will showcase 21 punk and indie acts in 1 day, over 2 neighbouring stages – The Dome and the Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London. Last year’s festival massively sold out, so early ticket-buying is advised!

Here’s the final line-up:
Petrol Girls
She Makes War
Zand
The Franklys
Grace Savage
DREAM NAILS
You Want Fox
The Twistettes
PUSSYLIQUOR
Ms. Mohammed
Crumbs
Sister Ghost
The Menstrual Cramps
Wolf Girl
SAM AMANT MUSIC PAGE
GUTTFULL
The Baby Seals
Efa Supertramp
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Drunken Butterfly
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something

Plus DJs including Mammory Tapes AND cake stall from Ladies of the Lock – The WI group for Camden, Kentish Town…

This year, we’re taking over The Dome, Tufnell Park and Boston Music Room. Using these two amazing, world-class neighbouring venues we can keep the music constant throughout the day, and make our Fest bigger and better than ever!

Expect:
* Delicious hot food and cakes.
* Stalls with zines and goodies.
* The best damn day/night out of the year.

Applications from stallholders and zine sellers, other kinds of performers that we haven’t even thought of yet, and any other enquiries to loudwomenclub@gmail.com

Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/42…
£20 on the door £10 NUS / JSA / over 60s

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Petrol Girls, You Want Fox, Drunken Butterfly and more added to LOUD WOMEN Fest 3 line-up!

LOUD WOMEN Fest is back in 2018 – bigger and louder than ever! Building on the massive success of our last two Festivals, we’re expanding to two much larger venues: The Dome, Tufnell Park, and Boston Music Room

Line-up so far:

Petrol Girls
Zand
The Franklys
Grace Savage
DREAM NAILS
You Want Fox
The Twistettes
PUSSYLIQUOR
Ms. Mohammed
Crumbs
Sister Ghost
The Menstrual Cramps
Wolf Girl
SAM AMANT MUSIC PAGE
GUTTFULL
The Baby Seals
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Drunken Butterfly
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something


Plus DJs including Mammory Tapes and more bands TBA – watch this space!


Stalls, zines, food, AND cake stall from Ladies of the Lock – The WI group for Camden, Kentish Town & Tufnell Park


Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/427259
£20 on the door
£10 NUS / JSA / over 60s


This year, we’re taking over The Dome, Tufnell Park and Boston Music Room. Using these two amazing, world-class neighbouring venues we can keep the music constant throughout the day, and make our Fest bigger and better than ever!

Expect:
* Delicious hot food and cakes.

* Stalls with zines and goodies.

* The best damn day/night out of the year.

Applications from stallholders and zine sellers, other kinds of performers that we haven’t even thought of yet, and any other enquiries to loudwomenclub@gmail.com

Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/427259
£20 on the door
£10 NUS / JSA / over 60s

 

 

Video of the day: Petrol Girls drop ‘Survivor’

Content warning: Lyrics about sexual violence
Video warning: This video consists of images moving in quick succession, which may not be suitable for viewers with photosensitive epilepsy.

Catch Petrol Girls on tour across the UK this April, and at Reading & Leeds this summer:
Apr 20 – Glasgow @ St. Lukes w/ Propagandhi
Apr 21 – Edinburgh @ Girls To The Front Fest
Apr 22 – Liverpool @ Sound
Apr 23 – Sheffield @ Picture House Social
Apr 24 – Nottingham @ The Bodega
Apr 25 – London @ The Shacklewell Arms
Apr 26 – Cambridge @ The Portland Arms
Apr 27 – Bradford @ 1 In 12 Club
Apr 28 – Newport @ Le Public Space
Aug 24/25 – Reading & Leeds Festivals

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Lyrics:
I’m not a victim I survived
It was my anger that kept me alive
I’m not so fragile I already broke
Can’t make me shut up if I already spoke

It was my anger, was my anger
It was my anger that kept me alive

They want me to take it
But not like a man
They want me to take it
Again and again

Emotional
Hysterical
Irrational
Asking for it

Words used against women who do not fit into
Our archaic culture’s limited view of gender
We are the lying harlot the conspiring witch
Prude slut insatiable bitch

What you gunna do when the coven assembles
What you gunna do when the pack forms

Don’t tell me how to cope or how to be
Stop pointing superior fingers at me
This place is so small I can’t breath
Sooner or later I will bare my teeth

They want me to take it
But not like a man
They want me to take it
Again and again
Don’t treat me like I’m fragile
I already broke
Can’t silence a movement
It’s too late we spoke

And if I froze up do you think that’s consent?
If I remained friendly does that mean I’m fine?
If I walked out and left you is that all this done?
If I defended myself is it me in the wrong?
If I fought back we’re even?
If I froze up I lied
No belief unless I fucking lay down and died
I’m gunna make it
I will survive
It was my anger that kept me alive.