Petrol Girls

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Petrol Girls
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsBomber Music
Laser Life Records
Panic State Records
Hassle Records
Websitepetrolgirls.bandcamp.com
MembersRen Aldridge
Liepa Kuraitė
Joe York
Zock Astpai

Petrol Girls is an English punk rock band formed in London in 2012 by Ren Aldridge and Liepa Kuraitė, with Joe York and Zock Astpai joining later. The band is named after the historical Pétroleuses[1][2] and is outspokenly feminist. They have received media coverage from The Independent, Kerrang!, NPR and Vice Media[2][1][3][4]

History[edit]

Petrol Girls formed and played their first show in 2012, after just two practises, at a house party hosted by founding member Ren Aldridge (vocals) to celebrate International Women’s Day. Retaining original bassist Liepa Kuraitė, who had never played before Aldridge invited her to join, they eventually recruited Joe York (guitar) and Zock Astpai (drums) to complete a sustainable lineup.[2][1]

Aldridge took the name from a group of 19th century French revolutionaries, les Pétroleuses, after hearing them mentioned by Laurie Penny.[2][1]

After two EPs, their eponymous self released 7" from 2014 and Some Thing from 2016, the band released their debut album Talk of Violence on Bomber Music in 2017.[2][1][3]

Their 14 February 2015 support slot for The Featherz at the Irish Centre in Basingstoke received praise from the Basingstoke Gazette: "(They) in all honesty are good enough to be headlining in their own right. Loosely described as a feminist hard-core band, they are in truth so much more than that. Their songs are so well structured and were so well executed with such passion and power. They are one of a small number of bands who can literally make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end when they play."[5]

In April 2018 the band released single "Survivor" and announced they had signed to Hassle Records for their next release - EP The Future Is Dark released on 14 September.[6]

Their second full length album Cut & Stitch was released on 24 May 2019. It received positive reviews from NPR,[4] The Skinny,[7] and Kerrang![8] - who in June also called it 'one of the best albums of the year so far'.[9]

In July 2019 it emerged that Aldridge is one of several musicians being sued by singer/rapper Jonny "Itch" Fox, seeking aggravated damages and an injunction for alleged libel.[10] The defendants are fundraising towards their legal costs.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Petrol Girls - Self Released, 7" EP, MP3 (2014)
  • Some Thing - Laser Life Records (EU) / Panic State Records (USA), 7" EP, CD, MP3 (2016)[3]
  • The Future Is Dark - Hassle Records, 12" EP, MP3 (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Petrol Girls For Fans Of: Against Me!, Fugazi, Muncie Girls". Kerrang!. London: Wasted Talent Ltd. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Dedman, Remfry (15 November 2016). "Petrol Girls – Talk of Violence: Exclusive Album Stream". The Independent. London: Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Knox, Ron (19 January 2016). "Petrol Girls Singer Ren Aldridge Reflects on Visiting Displaced Residents in the Calais "Jungle"". Noisey. Vice Media. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Gotrich, Lars (16 May 2019). "Scream And Grow With Petrol Girls' Raging 'Cut & Stitch'". NPR. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ Neil Duncan reports on the Valentine's night gig which snatched victory from the jaws of defeat Basingstoke Gazette18 February 2015
  6. ^ Hall, Makky (6 April 2018). "Petrol Girls Unveil 'Survivor'". Broken Arrow Magazine. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  7. ^ Turner-Heffer, Adam (22 May 2019). "Petrol Girls – Cut & Stitch". The Skinny. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. ^ Pearlman, Mischa (26 May 2019). "Album Review: Petrol Girls - Cut & Stitch". Kerrang!. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  9. ^ "The 25 Best Albums of the Year (So Far)". Kerrang!. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jul/26/king-blues-singer-itch-jonny-fox-suing-five-women-over-sexual-predator-allegations
  11. ^ https://metro.co.uk/2017/10/18/group-who-reported-musicians-treatment-of-women-facing-defamation-case-7008900/
  12. ^ Payne, Helen (14 March 2019). "Petrol Girls Announce New Album 'Cut And Stitch', Announce UK And European Dates". Stereoboard. Retrieved 14 March 2019.