London’s own Petrol Girls came together back in 2013 for a rather good cause: to play a gig for International Women’s Day. Since then, there has been plenty more shows, including those alongside Bikini Kill, Refused, At the Drive In, and White Lung. Later this year, the quartet will release an album via Bomber Music. In the meantime, though, the band continues its campaign against social injustices everywhere with new single ‘Treading Water’.

In a statement, the band explained its shared belief 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.” With this particular track – a white-hot shotgun blast of ferocious wailing and pulverizing guitars – Petrol Girls focus on the subtle use of language as a means of control:

‘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.

Check out the dates for their upcoming U.K tour and hear ‘Treading Water’ below.

Petrol Girls 2016 U.K. Tour Dates:
07/06 – Cardiff, Gwdihw
08/06 – Bristol, Exchange
09/06 – Worcester, Fly Bar
10/06 – Plymouth, junction
11/06 – Brighton, The Prince Albert
12/06 – Norwich, Owl Sanctuary
14/06 – Glasgow, Bar Bloc
15/06 – Newcastle, Trillians
16/06 – Liverpool, Liverpool Social Centre
17/06 – London, DIY SPACE
18/06 – Huddersfield, The Parish
19/06 – Manchester, Sound Control
20/06 – Hull, O’Rileys

By Chris Coplan

Over the last seven years, Chris has held a number of titles in music journalism, including news writer, reviewer, and columnist. He lives in Chicago, a mere stone's throw from Lake Michigan, and owns a dog he didn't want to name Blade.