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Petrol Girls aren’t just ‘Treading Water’

Petrol Girls have released new single ‘Treading Water‘ and, well, see for yourself.

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“’Treading Water’ mixes up loads of different influences and thoughts about borders, austerity, violence and climate change,” explains Ren Aldridge. “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.

“Influence’s include Kate Tempest‘s song ‘Europe is Lost‘, ideas from ‘This Changes Everything‘ by Naomi Klein, stories people have told, and a flyer about different forms of violence that was circulated at anti-austerity demonstrations in London about five years ago. 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.

“I really believe 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. And I also think music and art can be useful ways of trying to get our heads around what’s happening, and build up communities that we can root our resistance in.”

Petrol Girls hit the road next month. Go see them.

07 Cardiff Gwdihw
08 Bristol Exchange
09 Worcester Fly Bar
10 Plymouth Junction
11 Brighton The Prince Albert
12 Norwich Owl Sanctuary
14 Glasgow Bar Bloc
15 Newcastle Trillians
16 Huddersfield The Parish
17 London DIY Space
18 Liverpool Social Centre
19 Manchester Sound Control (Refugees Welcome Fest)

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