The English band Petrol Girls released their debut album, Talk Of Violence, back in 2016, and they’re following it up with a new EP, The Future Is Dark, next month. Today, they’ve shared “Sister” from it, an expansive post-hardcore track that alternates between cool spoken-word intensity and fiery screaming eclipses.
It’s a song about the ties of sisterhood, and learning to trust again after being pitted against each other. “We always fucking grow from it/ We must not weaponise theory against each other/ We must allow each other rage, and fear, and mistakes/ Sisterhood is the give as well as the take,” Ren Aldridge sings towards the end.
Here’s a statement about the song from Aldridge:
I’ve been wanting for us to write a song about sisterhood for a long time, because it’s these relationships that have had the biggest impact on my life and that form the heart of my feminism. I’ve got two younger blood sisters and a few very close friends that I consider sisters, as well as our family dog Skye who passed away last summer but I loved her like a sister too. All of those relationships have taught me so much. They’ve guided me, taken care of me, made me laugh til I cry and nurtured me into better versions of myself. I think society often puts too much emphasis on sexual relationships when sisterhood is incredibly important and powerful. This song celebrates a relationship that can pose a real threat to capitalism and patriarchy because it challenges competition and is built on care and trust.
Watch a video for the track and listen to the song below.
The Future Is Dark EP is out 9/14 via Hassle Records. Pre-order it here.