Swedish hardcore/noise punk icons Refused and California’s Thrice have announced some upcoming UK and Europe co-headlining tour dates. They will also be joined in the UK by Gouge Away, and in Europe by Petrol Girls. You can check out all of the dates and locations below.
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A mid-July weekend in the Cotswolds is fast becoming a near-religious experience for thousands of festival-goers. The beautiful Upcote Farm hosts a weekend of chaos known as 2000 Trees Festival (or Trees if you’ve been before), cutting off the real world (in the literal and figurative sense) for punks, indie kids and the hardcore faithful.
Read our full review below.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 1:48 AM (PST) by Rachael Clifford
I have listened to Petrol Girls’ latest offering, Cut and Stitch on headphones and on my stereo, and let me say, this is an album that demands to be played, and played loudly. From the spoken word intro to the last note on the album, this is a true feminist manifesto that is perfect for the times and should not – cannot – be ignored.
Easily one of the most popular female-fronted bands around, Petrol Girls are at the forefront of the new feminist punk movement that feels like riot grrrl all over again. And considering what is going on the world over with women’s rights and equality, it makes sense that there would be another rise in feminist punk music. Our music has always been a voice for rebellion and warning, and this album speaks those truths fearlessly.
Petrol Girls are not afraid to experiment with different sounds and styles on this album, as evidenced by the switching between spoken word and the expected screaming-singing style. The short, acoustic duet, “Interlude” is perfectly named and a much-needed breather in the middle of the album. Cut & Stitch is a daring album; one written by a band that had a unique vision for what they wanted to say. It feels like they didn’t care if it was commercially viable, nor what others thought. This is what they need to get out and share with the world. This is evident in all the new directions this album takes us in – including a lot of songs that are more melodic than we have come to expect from Petrol Girls.
The sing-song “Monstrous” is probably my favorite song on the album, though it is hard to choose. “No Love For a Nation” stands out with its male lead vocals that really work – and it is a powerful, anti-nationalist song. “Talk in Tongues”, with its male/female vocals reminds me of Huggy Bear – and really works. On this album, I find the band is often at their best when utilizing their female/male dual vocals.
All in all, Cut & Stitch is a great album. It is a different album that will not meet your expectations, nor will it disappoint. It will, many times, eclipse the band’s prior works. More than anything, though, it is an important album that speaks to the times we live in, with unabashed honesty and exposes many brutal truths about what is going on around the world. This will make it one of those records for the ages, as much as the uniqueness of the music contained within Cut & Stitch.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 9:39 AM (PST) by Rachael Clifford
One of the hottest female-fronted hardcore/grrrl bands around, Petrol Girls, have released a video for the single “Weather Warning” off their new album, Cut and Stitch.
Cut and Stitch is out today on Hassle Records and can be purchased here on various formats, along with merchandise. Singer Ren Aldridge says of the album, “A quiet word can be just as, if not more powerful, than something screamed in your face” – and it shows as she alternates spoken word and her signature screaming style.
You can watch the video for “Weather Warning” below.
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 3:25 PM (PST) by Rachael Clifford
The band was recently mentioned in a New York Times article, noting the video and song “is a paean to speaking up and breaking out.” It features the voice of Poly Styrene from “Oh Bondage, Up Yours” and from the sound of it, Petrol Girls are about to unleash one hell of an album.
Cut & Stitch will be out May 24th on Hassle Records.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:36 PM (PST) by Tom Aylott
Petrol Girls have announced that they will release a brand new album later this year. “Cut & Stitch” is out May 24th through Hassle Records on digital, 12” vinyl and CD, and the band are today premiering the first single from the LP – “The Sound”.
The single marks a fierce return for one of the most exciting bands in the scene right now, and you can check out the official video with all of the band’s forthcoming tour dates – including their newly announced Rough Trade instores, and their dates with War On Women – below.
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3:15 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Talk Of Violence was released in November, 2017.
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:06 AM (PST) by rick delaney
The UK’s Petrol Girls are streaming a video for their track “Touch Me Again”. The tune appears on the band’s latest album, Talk Of Violence, released in November, 2017.
You can check out the video below. Enjoy.
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:55 PM (PST) by Midwest Punk
The release features female-fronted bands and artists, with all profits from sales going to domestic violence charity, Women’s Aid. The CD is due out March 18th, but you can already pre-order a copy right now, right here.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 5:25 PM (PST) by milhouse
Feminist, hardcore act Petrol Girls have released a new music video for their song “Restless”.
The track is taken from their forthcoming debut album “Talk of Violence”, set to be released November 18th through Bomber Music.
Check it out below.
Monday, September 12, 2016 at 4:27 PM (PST) by Drew Clapp
Feminist, hardcore act Petrol Girls have released a music video for their new single “Phallocentric”. The track is taken from their forthcoming debut album “Talk of Violence”.
The song is a hard-hitting commentary on male dominance, the freedom of sexual expression and the discrediting of boundaries that society has set for gender roles and what is deemed “acceptable”.
Check out the video for “Phallocentric” below.
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM (PST) by rick delaney
London-based, feminist-quartet Petrol Girls have released a new single “Treading Water” just before setting out on a two week stint around the British Isles. The new track is, as we’ve come to expect from Petrol Girls, a rage-fueled, political scream-a-long providing commentary on topical issues facing UK parliament and voters this summer.
You can rock out to the single and check when the full list of tour dates below.
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:41 PM (PST) by Lowie
Hardcore rage-smiths Petrol Girls have announced that their debut album is well underway. The band have teamed up with producer Tom Zwanzger and are currently laying down 10 new tracks at S.T.R.E.S.S. Studio in Graz, Austria.
The album is set for an Autumn release via Bomber Music.
“We’re really excited to be working with Petrol Girls, they are an important new band with something to say“ says Donagh O’Leary of Bomber Music. “We’re expecting a great album from them, full of real raw emotion and intelligent anger – things that are sorely lacking in most other bands these days.”
Petrol Girls released the E.P, Some Thing in February 2016.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Today we are stoked to bring you the exclusive US premiere of feminist post-hardcore band Petrol Girls upcoming EP “Some Thing”. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, their music combines manic jagged rhythms with vocals that range from furious screaming to intricate melodies and harmonies. Drawing direct influence from Refused, White Lung, Bikini Kill, Fugazi, RVIVR, Propagandhi, At The Drive-In and War On Woman, I think most of you will find something you like about this band.
Petrol Girls identify explicitly as a feminist band and draw on personal experiences to challenge and ridicule sexism, as well as exploring wider political themes, such as alienation, mental health and the current anti-austerity movement.
Give the album a listen below.