Petrol Girls' raucous, feminist hardcore has been the soundtrack to my 2016. One of the best bands to emerge from the UK punk scene in recent years, they are as important as they are loud. 'Phallocentric' is the band's latest single and it certainly proves that point. The track is taken from their debut album Talk of Violence, which is due out on October 18th through Bomber Music.
The multi-coloured music video that accompanies it is more akin to an art installation than a traditional music video. It embraces the human body and works to desexualise the sight of flesh. As for the song itself, vocalist Ren Aldridge explains that 'Phallocentric' is derived from "society's attitude to sex". Ren continues: "Everything from sex education in school to representations of sex in mainstream culture seems to focus on male pleasure in heterosexual sex. The definition of phallocentric is, “focused on or concerned with the phallus or penis as a symbol of male dominance,” and this can be seen in art, architecture, advertising – all over the place. Culture doesn't just reflect our values, it also produces and maintains them, so this song, as part of the counter culture, is literally saying “fuck what they taught us,” ridiculing conservative attitudes and celebrating the full rainbow of sex."
Blending this lyrical protest with sharp rhythms (akin to the sounds of At The Drive-In, Refused or Bikini Kill), harsh, screamed vocals and softer melodies, Petrol Girls force you to take notice. 'Phallocentric' is defiant and positive and a real kick in the teeth to those who stand against Feminism and its ideas of progression and change. There's even a nod to The Rolling Stones in there that shouldn't be to hard to find.
You can watch the video below.
Petrol Girls will support the release of Talk of Violence with a UK tour this October. See below for dates and details:
- 13/10 - Nottingham at Rock City - Club Night
- 14/10 - Bristol at Punk vs Rave at Blue Mountain Club
- 15/10 - London at The Old Blue Last (w/ Sonic Boom Six)
- 18/10 - Guildford at The Boileroom
- 19/10 - Birmingham at Rainbow Cellar
- 20/10 - Leeds at Brudenell Games Room
- 21/10 - Glasgow at The Garage Attic
- 22/10 - Sheffield at Corporation
- 23/10 - Liverpool at Liverpool Arts Club
- 25/10 - Milton Keynes at Craufurd Arms
- 26/10 - London at New River Studios