Sister is out now and taken off the band’s forthcoming EP.
Petrol Girls recently announced that their new EP The Future Is Dark will be released via Hassle Records on 14 September and now they’ve shared the intimate and emotive new single Sister, along with a music video that came into being with more than a little help from the band’s extended sisterhood network.
“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,” says Petrol Girls’ vocalist Ren Aldridge. “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.”
The EP is named after a Virginia Woolf quote that writer Rebecca Solnit uses as a starting point for her essay Woolf’s Darkness, in Men Explain Things To Me. She writes about accepting uncertainty and not fearing the dark or the unknown because actually we don’t know what will happen next. She describes despair and optimism both as forms of certainty that create grounds for not acting, whereas hope pushes us to act and make change in whatever ways we can.
“The dark, just like the future, is full of possibilities,” muses Aldridge. “It makes me think about how its only in the dark that we can see the stars and think about ourselves as just tiny parts of this cosmic system, as part of a bigger picture. I find it really grounding and inspiring to feel individually small but part of something huge.”
Tracklisting for The Future Is Dark:
Petrol Girls UK live dates:
24 August – Reading Festival
25 August – Leeds Festival
14 September – Mother’s Ruin, Bristol
15 September – Tufnell Park Dome, London (Loud Women Fest)
14 November – Brixton Electric, London (supporting Propagandhi)