The PETROL GIRLS – ” Cut & Stitch “

Posted: October 31, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Petrol Girls are a feminist post-hardcore punk band, originally formed in London, with members from Austria, Lithuania and the UK. Now based in Austria, and touring incessantly, the band are strong advocates of freedom of movement, anti-capitalism and intersectional feminism. With a wide range of musical influences, and having had the pleasure to support bands such as Strike Anywhere, The Dead Kennedys, Propagandhi, RVIVR, War on Women and Refused, the band are constantly developing musically as well as politically. Their new album, ‘Cut & Stitch’, develops the sentiment (inspired by writer Rebecca Solnit) behind their last EP, ‘The Future is Dark (which is the best thing the future can be I think)’ – that political change is a constant collective process that never stops, and that is often hard to see our place within. The band advocate this as reason to not give up on ourselves or the causes we care about – to keep acting, caring, connecting and creating in a sustainable way. Cutting and stitching is a process that can go on indefinitely; stitches are easily unpicked, new shapes can be cut, everything can be rearranged. It’s a familiar activity to the punk scene where sewing patches and modifying clothes have always formed part of the culture and aesthetic.

Petrol Girls are rooted in this DIY music community that has always combined politics with punk rock; part of a counter culture that constantly challenges mainstream values like nationalism and the gender binary, and the oppressions that these ideals promote. Petrol Girls are named after Pétroleuses, mythical women of the Paris commune who allegedly set fire to private property with Molotov cocktails made from milk bottles, and rejected traditional gender roles. The inspiration came from a talk on Women and Protest given by writer Laurie Penny, who loosely translated Pétroleuses to Petrol Girls. The band first formed in 2013 for a house show that singer Ren was putting on to celebrate International Women’s Day. This feminist context was essential for the band’s formation within a wider music community that at the time did very little to encourage women’s participation.

‘Cut & Stitch’ was released via Hassle Records on May 24th 2019.

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