‘Cut & Stitch’ will be released on May 24th via Hassle Records. The band will also be touring extensively pre and post release. Lead vocalist Ren Aldridge said of the release…
“Cut & Stitch is a patchwork of different sounds, ideas and feelings. It’s the most experimental record we’ve made so far, both musically and lyrically. Cutting and stitching is a process that can go on indefinitely – stitches are easily unpicked, new shapes can be cut, everything can be rearranged. We cut our patches off of old clothes and sew them onto something else. Continuity is an idea that underpins the record, from ‘the sound does not arrive’ to ‘we’re not finished, we never fucking will be.’ This follows on from the sentiment of our last EP, ‘The Future is Dark.’ Political change is a slow, complicated process that’s often only partly visible with hindsight. Making change is a constant collective process that never stops. Its probably impossible for us to see our place within it or to know what consequences our actions will have. It isn’t as simple or hopeless as straightforward victories and failures.
Feminism has become more of an overall approach than an obvious topic, seeping into the way we think about everything from the environment to mental health. We’ve also started to think more about what feminism means for men, given that half of the band are men, and explore the perspective of a man struggling with expressing his emotions in ‘Talk in Tongues.’
The majority of the lyrics were written in the studio. I was having a difficult time, unsure about where to live after we finished the record, and burnt out from a tough year of personal and legal challenges. Something that I’ve reluctantly allowed feminism to teach me is that we have to tend to our own wounds, and that sometimes being vulnerable is just as radical as being angry – it certainly scares me a lot more. Rage on its own isn’t sustainable. We hope this is a more honest and human record.”
PETROL GIRLS ON TOUR: 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) JUL 11 – 2000Trees Festival, Cheltenham UK 13 – Kliko Fest, Haarlem, NL