Petrol Girls – ‘Big Mouth’

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Petrol Girls’ latest single ‘Big Mouth’ is all about how marginalised groups are faced with attempts to silence them whenever they speak out and put their points across. A timely and important four minutes, it features a spoken-word sample of Poly Styrene’s voice from the iconic intro to X-Ray Spex’ ‘Oh Bondage! Up Yours!’ (recorded in the late ’70s) – and her words still resonate with many today.

Amidst melodic yet punky riffs and Funeral for a Friend-style yelps, Ren Aldridge declares: ‘I’m raising my voice louder, our silence will not save us’ and rallies against those who seem intent on not giving minorities a voice: ‘Tolerated if we remain quiet. Bodies of the marginalised. Tolerated under their control’; ‘Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard But I think UP YOURS’.

Petrol Girls are raising awareness for the Solidarity Not Silence girls –  a group of women who each separately spoke out against the behaviour of a man in the music industry. Although legal reasons limit how much the band can talk about this case, they are determined that it shouldn’t set a precedent for silencing marginalised voices in the music industry and beyond. Buy a Solidarity Not Silence T-shirt (as seen in the video) and donate the Solidarity Not Silence girls’ legal representation here.

Catch Petrol Girls on the following live dates:

MAY

02 – SBAM Fest, Wels AT

04 – Ladyfuzz Fest, Brighton UK

05 – Handmade Fest, Leicester UK

05 – 0161 Fest, Manchester UK

09 – The Great Escape Fest, Brighton UK

22 – Anti-Fest, Antwerp BE

23 – Anti-Fest, Amesfoort NL

27 – Rough Trade Instore, Nottingham

28 – Rough Trade Instore,  Bristol

29 – Rough Trade Instore, London East

31 – New Cross Inn, London (w/ War on Women)

JUN

01 – Hell Hath No Fury Fest, Manchester

03 – Autonomour Space, Glasgow (w/ War on Women)

04 – Red Rum, Stafford  (w/ War on Women)

05 – The Cavern, Exeter  (w/ War on Women)

07 – Magasin 4, Brussels BE  (w/ War on Women)

09 – Booze Cruise, Hamburg DE

10 – Bei Chez Heinz, Hannover DE (w/ War on Women)

11 – Underdogs, Prague CR (w/ War on Women)

12 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE (w/ War on Women)

13 – AJZ Bahndamm, Wermelskirchen DE (w/ War on Women)

14 – Jugendhaus West, Stuttgart DE (w/ War on Women)

15 – Gibus Club, Paris FR  (w/ War on Women)

16 – Le Farmer, Lyon FR  (w/ War on Women)

18 – Dynamo Werk 21, Zurich CH (w/ War on Women)

19 – EKH, Vienna AT (w/ War on Women)

20 – Kapu, Linz AT (w/ War on Women)

21 – Glockenbachwerkstatt (w/ War on Women)

22 – Bollwerk 107, Moers (w/ War on Women)

28 – Trabendo – Paris, France (w/ La Dispute)

29 – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany (w/ La Dispute)

30 – Gorilla – Manchester, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute)

JUL

01 – Saint Luke’s – Glasgow, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute)

02 – Electric Brixton – London, United Kingdom (w/ La Dispute)

05 – Astra – Berlin – Berlin, Germany (w/ La Dispute)

06 – Roskilde Festival

07 – Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany (w/ La Dispute)

08 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany (w/ La Dispute)

09 – Legend Club – Milan, Italy (w/ La Dispute)

11 – 2000Trees Festival, Cheltenham UK

13 – Kliko Fest, Haarlem, NL

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