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Album Review: Petrol Girls – “Cut and Stitch”

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.

4.5/5 stars



Petrol Girls release video for “Weather Warning”; New album “Cut & Stitch” also out now

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.



Watch the Video for Petrol Girls’ “Big Mouth”

The first single off UK punks Petrol Girls‘ upcoming album, Cut & Stitch is called “Big Mouth” and you can watch the official video below.

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.



Casey release new video for “Phosphenes”

UK melodic hardcore quintet Casey have released a video for new track “Phosphenes”. The track is taken from the recently announced sophomore album, “Where I Go When I Am Sleeping“, due out March 16th via Rise Records (North America) and Hassle Records (UK, EU).

You can watch the video below.



Music Video: Casey – “Little Bird”

UK melodic hardcore act Casey have released a video for their song “Little Bird”

You can check it out below.

“Little Bird” comes from the bands’ latest album, Love Is Not Enough, which was released last year via Hassle Records.



We Are the Ocean release cover of London Grammar’s “Hey Now”

British rock act We Are the Ocean have released a cover of “Hey Now,” originally by London Grammar. The band will release their version as a single on January 8, 2016 but you can give it a listen below now. (And in case you’re unfamiliar with the original version of the song, we’ve also embedded that.)

We Are the Ocean’s latest album, Ark, was released on May 11, 2015 through Hassle Records.



Music Video: We Are The Ocean – “Good For You”

British rock act We Are the Ocean has just released a music video for their song “Good For You”.

The track appears on the band’s latest album, “Ark”, which was released back in May through Hassle Records.

Have a look at the music video below.

Here’s what frontman Liam Cromby had to say about the video,

The video starts at the end of the story line, a bank heist has gone down with some hiccups on the way (like finding an angry girl in the boot of the car) but at the end, everything is sweet, cause the money’s in the bag…we spent the day working on the choreography and when the lighting was right we had 2 hours to get the final shot, it was pretty manic. I like that the video has Tarantino stylings with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s vision.



We Are the Ocean announce UK tour

British rock act We Are the Ocean will be touring the UK this November. You can check out the dates and locations below.

The band released their latest album, Ark, on May 11, 2015 via Hassle Records.



Music Video: We Are the Ocean – “Holy Fire”

British rock act We Are the Ocean have released a music video for their single “Holy Fire” and you can watch it below.

“Holy Fire” appears on the band’s latest album, Ark, which was released on May 11, 2015 via Hassle Records.



Music Video: We Are the Ocean – “Do It Together”

British rock act We Are the Ocean have released a music video for their single, “Do It Together”. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album Ark, and you can watch the video below.

We Are the Ocean will release Ark on March 16, 2015 on Hassle Records. It will serve as the follow-up to Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow, which was released in September 2012 on Side One Dummy Records.



We Are the Ocean stream new song “Do It Together”

British rock act We Are the Ocean have released a new song titled “Do It Together”. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album Ark, and you can listen to it below.

We Are the Ocean will released Ark on March 16, 2015 on Hassle Records. It will serve as the follow-up to Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow, which was released in September 2012 on Side One Dummy Records.



Cancer Bats release album teaser for “Dead Set On Living”

Canadian hardcore act Cancer Bats have released a teaser video for their upcoming album, “Dead Set On Living,” and announced that the album should be released sometime in April, 2012 via Hassle Records.

Check out the teaser here.

The band re-released their latest album “Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones” with exclusive bonus content last October 25th.



Full Album Stream: The James Cleaver Quintet – “That Was Then, This Is Now”

It’s hard to classify the music of The James Cleaver Quintet under one specific genre and at best I guess I’d call them post-hardcore, though they classify themselves as “Weird-core.”  In any case, your ears will do the explaining when you stream the band’s brand new, debut full-length album “That Was Then, This Is Now” right here.

The album was recently released on Hassle Records.