Petrol Girls are going to release their debut album ‘Talk of Violence’ on 18th November, via Bomber Music – and they’re previewing the release with a new video for ‘Phallocentric’.
Vocalist Ren Aldridge says of the track:
“’Phallocentric’ came out of a conversation I had with a female friend about how uninspiring most of our experiences of sex with men were and how much our sex lives had improved the more we rejected heteronormative approaches.
“I really don’t think that’s a reflection on those men as individuals, but more to do with our whole society’s attitude to sex. 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.
““I can’t get no” is also a deliberate play on the Rolling Stones song ‘Satisfaction’. Mick Jagger definitely used his sexuality as part of his performance, and this song is also partly claiming my right to do the same.
“Whilst the song is mostly celebratory and irreverent, it also points out that “I take the shame take the blame take the pain and it’s not right” which comes from my experiences as a woman in a society that still judges women for their sexual behaviour in a much more negative way than it judges men.”
The band are on tour throughout October, catch them at:
13 Nottingham Rock City – Club Night
14 Bristol, Punk vs Rave @ Blue Mountain Club
15 London Old Blue Last w. Sonic Boom Six
18 Guildford, The Boileroom
19 Birmingham, Rainbow Cellar
20 Leeds, Brudenell Games Room
21 Glasgow, The Garage Attic
22 Sheffield, Corporation
23 Liverpool, Liverpool Arts Club
25 Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
26 London, New River Studios