”I’m not a victim, I survived – it was my anger that kept me alive”.
The words are screamed, the drums and guitars are blistering. The straight-in-your-face sucker-punch message is from the song “Survivor”, and it’s a message of fierce solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
The band behind the song is called Petrol Girls. They are a feminist post-hardcore band, formed in London and with members from Austria, Lithuania and the UK.
Petrol Girls named themselves after Pétroleuses, mythical women of the Paris commune who allegedly set fire to private property with Molotov cocktails, and rejected traditional gender roles.
They are a band that grab you by the collar and spits rage – and it won’t be long before you scream back. Out of excitement. Petrol Girls are a burning musical Molotov cocktail with their angular rhythms, off-kilter hooks and punk-fueled energy, and they will convert any doubters (is there really any?) to believers.
Label this band under ‘loud’ and ‘angry’. If you dig the hard-hitting sounds of Refused, Gallows and At the Drive-in, you will be into Petrol Girls.
After a couple of EPs, Petrol Girls released their debut album Talk of Violence in 2016. Another EP followed in 2018, and in late May the band will release their second album, Cut & Stitch.
Come on over and rage, mosh, cry and dance along to Petrol Girls when they play Roskilde Festival 2019.