With the likes feminist post punk and hardcore trailblazers G.L.O.S.S and Krimewatch killing it over in America over the past 12 months, the UK has its own leading lights. Among them is London-based four piece, Petrol Girls.
Aptly named after the Pétroleuses, mythical women of the Paris commune who allegedly set fire to private property with Molotov cocktails, this band certainly have a fire in their stomachs. It’s a fire they are ready to unleash on the world in the form of their debut album Talk of Violence; 10 tracks of tracks of blistering politically heartfelt driven punk rock.
It is mad to think that in 2016 there are still some major issues surrounding feminism, and Petrol Girls vocalist and guitarist Ren Aldridge clearly feeds off these injustices to fuel the passion behind the band’s music. However, Talk of Violence is not just a band looking to spread its message, Petrol Girls also have the musical talent to back things up.
Guitar riffs which move slickly from rough and ready punk riffs, to a more groovy rhythm to which almost has a sense of jazz about it. A prime example of this is the track ‘Harpy’ which starts off with some very smooth strumming guitars, before bursting into some pure noise rock, all kept together with some absolutely sublime drumming.
One thing you cannot help but notice is how powerful their lyrics are. Songs like ‘Touch Me Again’, ‘Phallocentric’ and ‘Deflate’, really show the band’s strengths, aggression and passion for something they believe in. You can really hear the angst in what is being said, which cannot but get you thinking about such issues that are still prominent in the world today.
The influences of bands such as Bikini Kill, RVIVR, Propagandhi, At The Drive-In and War On Women shine throughout Talk of Violence, but they have certainly stamped their mark on the punk rock genre with jagged rhythms and vocals that range from furious screaming to intricate melodic and harmonic.
Even though people may just think the band is purely focused on the message of feminism, they also tackle wider political themes, such as alienation, mental health and the current anti-austerity movement.
For a band that are named after a group who set fire to places, Talk of Violence will certainly light a fire in the UK punk scene and will bring a new a whole new audience to this genre of punk.
Talk of Violence is out on November 18th via Bomber Music