Petrol Girls

Petrol Girls (c) Martyna Wisniewska
Petrol Girls (c) Martyna Wisniewska


Genre(s): Rock/Metal
From: Styria, Austria



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Petrol Girls are a feminist post-hardcore punk band, originally formed in London, with members from Austria, Lithuania and the UK. Now based in Austria, and touring incessantly, the band are strong advocates of freedom of movement, anti capitalism and intersectional feminism. With a wide range of musical influences, and having had the pleasure to support bands such as Strike Anywhere, The Dead Kennedys, Propagandhi, RVIVR, War on Women and Refused, the band are constantly developing musically as well as politically.

Rooted in a DIY music community that has always combined politics with punk rock, Petrol Girls are part of a counter culture challenging mainstream values like nationalism and the gender binary, and the oppressions that these ideals promote. Their music frequently toys with unusual time signatures and harmonic movement, with screaming and harsh angular rhythms to sad and desperate melodic moments or raging anthemic choruses. The Lyrics grow from direct experiences and genuine questions, pushing beyond repetitive slogans to provoke meaningful conversations about what we’re actually going to do to change something.

Petrol Girls are named after Pétroleuses, mythical women of the Paris commune who allegedly set fire to private property with Molotov cocktails made from milk bottles, and rejected traditional gender roles. The inspiration came from a talk on Women and Protest given by writer Laurie Penny, who loosely translated Pétroleuses to Petrol Girls. The band first formed in 2013 for a house show that singer Ren was putting on to celebrate International Women’s Day. This feminist context was essential for the band’s formation within a wider music community that at the time did very little to encourage women’s participation.

Their EP “The Future Is Dark” (Hassle Records) was released in September 2018. The EP is named after a quote by Virginia Woolf quote that writer Rebecca Solnit uses as a starting point for her essay “Woolf’s Darkness” in “Men Explain Things To Me”. Their second album  „Cut & Stitch“ was released on May 24, 2019. The release tour lead the British-Austrian band to the The Great Escape festival and on a big UK tour, as well as to Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.



10th Popfest Wien: Programme

Popfest Wien 2019

From 25 to 28 July 2019 , the 10th POPFEST WIEN will be taking place on Vienna’s Karlsplatz, gathering new pop music from Austria. The curators of the anniversary programme  MIRA LU KOVACS (SCHMIEDS PULS, … read more »

Austrian artists at The Great Escape Festival 2019

The Great Escape (TGE) is a festival that showcases emerging artists from all over the world in Brighton, UK. Over 450 up and coming bands play in 35 venues across the city, which makes TGE … read more »

PETROL GIRLS – an interview w/ Ren Aldridge 

Ren Aldridge (c) Isha Shah Photography

“We have to acknowledge the wounds to be able to heal them” The PETROL GIRLS are furious. This anger is not chaotic though, but rather directed sharply at the problems of society. With their hard … read more »