In today’s society, we seem to be hearing more and more about abuse suffered at gigs and festivals as well as almost everywhere else. Which is saddening as we like to think of gigs as our safe haven, somewhere we can escape from reality and our troubles for a while and just enjoy ourselves with like-minded people. Petrol Girls‘ latest single Touch Me Again is a poignant message about this fact and we love it!
The track comes from their 2016 debut album Talk Of Violence and the accompanying music video is made up of submissions from fans. Ren explains; “Thanks loads to everyone that submitted phone videos for our video, and extra big thanks to Sammi Whitaker for putting it all together! The song grew from my own experiences of sexual violence, both within and outside of the punk community and from our commitment to speaking about consent whenever we get an opportunity. We hope that this video project has opened that platform up to more people that share the same or similar experiences, and that this collective project has been in some way empowering. The protest chant ‘MY BODY MY CHOICE’ is becoming more and more relevant as political attacks on women and other marginalised bodies increase. Hopefully this video can be just one small way of helping us remember that there are many of us, and together we are powerful.”
Check out the video below;
The band head out on the road soon including some awesome festival dates and again, they want your help! Check out the details below;
“We’re really excited to be playing so many great festivals this summer! We also want to use this opportunity to continue taking a stand against sexual violence and harassment in the music community. If you have experienced any sexual violence or harassment (groping/ sexual assault ect) at any of the festivals we are playing then please send us a vocal recording describing your experience. We will compile vocal recordings relating to each festival in to a soundscape to play on stage before we play ‘Touch Me Again’.
– Keep it short, less than 20 seconds long
– Do not use anyone’s name, band name or identifying features (for legal reasons.) This is about raising awareness of this stuff happening rather than calling out individuals.
– You can use the voice recorder on a smart phone and email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Specify which festival it happened at, as we aim to make a different soundscape that is specific to each festival.
– If you still want to contribute re something that did not happen at a festival we are playing at, then it’s still worth sending it over, as we may also just make one general soundscape.”
Petrol Girls live dates;
Fri, 21 UK, Manchester, Manchester Punk Festival
Sat, 22 UK, Bristol, The Exchange *with Strike Anywhere
Sun, 23 UK, London, DIY Space *with Paint It Black (Matinee)
Sun, 23 UK, London, The Underworld *with Strike Anywhere
Mon, 24 UK, Exeter, Cavern *with Strike Anywhere
Tue, 25 Netherlands, Utrecht, Ekko *with Strike Anywhere
Wed, 26 Germany, Hamburg, Hafenklang *with Strike Anywhere
Thu, 27 Germany, Zwiesel, Juz *with Strike Anywhere (Sold out)
Fri, 28 Germany, Saarwellingen, Flexibel *with Strike Anywhere
Sat, 29 Belgium, Meerhout, Groezrock
Sun, 30 Sweden, Stockholm, Firestorm Fest
Wed, 3 France, Paris, Supersonic3
Thu, 4 Netherlands, DIY Fest
Fri, 5 Germany, Dortmund, Visions Party
Sat, 6 Switzerland, Zurich, Obenuse Fest
Sat, 8 UK, Cheltenham, 2000 Trees Festival
Fri, 4 UK, Manchester, Rebellion Festival
8-11 Slovenia, Tolmin, Punk Rock Holiday
11-13 UK, Hampshire, Boomtown Fair
Sat, 2 UK, London, DIY Space for London, Loud Women Fest
Sat, 9 Germany, Stains In The Sun Festival