As a pre-curser to their forthcoming UK tour in June, Petrol Girls are streaming a pertinent new single in the form of ‘Treading Water’.
Ren from the band explains the ideas behind the song –
“Treading Water mixes up loads of different influences and thoughts about borders, austerity, violence and climate change. Some of the lyrics are an attempt to co-opt the scaremongering language of the media. Other lyrics place the imagined voices of groups that are often pitted against each other, side by side, blending them in places. The song is an expression of, and hopefully a call for, more active solidarity with people without papers, which forms part of a longer struggle against borders, capitalism, the nation state and the violence these structures produce.
I really believe that DIY/ alternative culture can play a role in shifting attitudes within European societies away from all the scary fascist shit we’re seeing at the moment. And I also think music and art can be useful ways of trying to get our heads around what’s happening, and build up communities that we can root our resistance in.”
You can also get a download of the track with tickets to the band’s show at DIY Space For London – http://www.petrolgirls.limitedrun.com/tickets.
Petrol Girls are a feminist post-hardcore band based in South East London. Formed in 2013 for an International Women’s Day gig, Petrol Girls continue to tour regularly around the UK and mainland Europe. Their music combines manic jagged rhythms with vocals that range from furious screaming to intricate melodies and harmonies.. They are known for their explosive live performances,, with influences such as:: Refused, White Lung, Bikini Kill, RVIVR, Propagandhi, At The Drive In and War On Women. The band’s debut album will be released later this year via Bomber Music.
Tuesday 7th Cardiff Gwdihw
Wednesday 8th Bristol Exchange
Thursday 9th Worcester Fly Bar
Friday 10th Plymouth junction
Saturday 11th Brighton The Prince Albert
Sunday 12th Norwich Owl Sanctuary
Tuesday 14th Glasgow Bar Bloc
Wednesday 15th Newcastle Trillians
Thursday 16th Liverpool Liverpool Social Centre
Friday 17th LONDON DIY SPACE
Saturday 18th Huddersfield The Parish
Sunday 19th Manchester Sound Control
Monday 20th Hull O’Rileys