To celebrate the release of their upcoming debut album ‘Talk of Violence’ Petrol Girls are heading out on a tour of the UK. The band have recently announced that they will be supporting the Dead Kennedy’s on some of their Europe dates, which meant their own headlining tour had to be reduced. However, Petrol Girls are still making it to London as support for Sonic Boom Six at The Garage.
Petrol Girls released one EP earlier this year, the ‘Some Thing EP’ which features single ‘Slug’, an abrasive and honest song with melodic guitar riffs strewn throughout the urgent track. The lyrics were “all about depression” when being written, but later developed into being about “the [migrant] camp in Calais”. Lyrical interpretation and the possibility of a song being redefined later down the line make Petrol Girls a band that are always relevant and up to date in a world where things are constantly changing and new borders being drawn.
Following on from the release of the ‘Some Thing EP’, ‘Phallocentric’ from their soon to be released debut album has been broadcast online. The song is about how “sex in mainstream culture seems to focus on male pleasure in heterosexual sex” and it is accompanied by a music video that turns a performance art piece by Yves Klein on its head. The video is shot in two screens side by side, one which emulates a traditional music video style whilst the other is focused on the art performance aspect of the shoot. Since ‘Phallocentric’ Petrol Girls have released ‘Treading Water’ which is about “borders, austerity, violence and climate change”, again demonstrating that they’re confident to talk about current issues affecting the world today. Adding more layers to the track, vocalist Ren stated that the lyrics were “an attempt to co-opt the scaremongering language of the media”, a clever way to get the point across and get people listening.
Both tracks from the album released thus far are a taste of an abrasive and honest debut, an attitude that is sure to do well on the live as they prepare to bring ‘Talk of Violence’ to the touring circuit.
The band are due to play at these dates in the UK:
Thursday 13th October – Nottingham Rock City – Club Night
Friday 14th October – Bristol – Blue Mountain Club
Saturday 15th October – London – The Garage (with Sonic Boom Six)
Sunday 16th October – Southampton – WTFest