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Petrol Girls Share New Single Preachers

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Petrol Girls have shared a new single, Preachers.

The aggressive, political track will feature on the band's upcoming third studio album, 'Baby', due out on June 24. It'll also include the previously released cuts Fight For Our LivesClowns and Baby, I Had An Abortion. Vocalist Ren Aldridge said:

"Lyrically, Preachers is my way of kicking back at this preachy, saintly, holier-than-thou vibe you get sometimes in radical left communities.

"I get very frustrated by the lack of nuance sometimes, and the way people seem so much more interested in punishing individuals than building resilient communities of care. And I hate the way that women and marginalised genders are held to such a way higher standard than cis-men.

Aldridge added: "I'm absolutely not saying that we shouldn’t criticise each other or that we should let things like sexual violence slide. But I think we have a lot of questions to ask ourselves collectively in terms of how we deal with harm, conflict, and abuse, and differentiate between them.

"I've been learning so much about transformative justice, which is where abolitionist politics and activism against gender based violence really come together, and was very inspired by Adrienne Maree Brown’s book We Will Not Cancel Us.

"I also just really needed to reject this pressure to always act and speak completely perfectly, which has had a severe impact on my mental health by putting me in a constant state of hyper-vigilance and piling up alongside other pressures to make me mentally collapse. For me, our new album is so much about recovering from that severe depressive episode, and a crucial part of that was saying fuck it, I will never do enough, I will always make mistakes, but as long as I am true to my values and reflective that's fucking fine."

Petrol Girls have a mix of headline shows and festival slots in the diary for this summer, including an appearance at 2000trees on July 8, and a date supporting Pearl Jam at London's BST Hyde Park on July 9.

Petrol Girls Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu July 07 2022 - NEWPORT Le Pub
Sun July 10 2022 - BRIGHTON Green Door Store

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