Petrol Girls – Some Thing EP

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Originally formed for an international women’s day gig in 2013, feminist post-hardcore band, Petrol Girls have proved to be one fiery roar within British punk ‘n’ roll. Their attitude loaded, defiance fuelled sound has ignited many a venue across the UK and Europe as well as an ever increasing horde of eager ears, a success bound to be accelerated by the release of the Some Thing EP.

Inspired by the likes of Refused, White Lung, Bikini Kill, Fugazi, RVIVR, Propagandhi, At The Drive-In, and War On Woman, Petrol Girls create a ferocious brew of punk rock unafraid to embrace other spices. Certainly the six tracks making up Some Thing have varying echoes of those influences but equally there is a coincidental eighties punk/post punk essence which lures thoughts of bands like Au-Pairs, The Molesters, and Vice Squad. Lyrically too, the South East London hailing quartet pulls no punches in exploring and challenging sexism and other themes such as politics, alienation, the migrant crisis, and mental health. It all unites for one stirring and invigorating incitement and an EP which attacks, inspires, and rouses body and thoughts from start to finish.

PetrolGirls_SomeThing_Cover_RingMaster ReviewProduced by the band and Marta Salogni at Strongroom Studios, London, Some Thing embraces ears with fiery directness straight away through Slug. The guitars of Ren Aldridge and Joe York dance as they sizzle on the senses whilst the jabbing pokes of drummer Zock reveal a swing and relish which only sparks stronger involvement in the swiftly contagious and dramatic encounter. The darker prowling tone of Liepa Kuraite’s bass adds weight to the thick lure of the song too, a tempting enhanced further by the potent vocals and expression of Aldridge backed as potently by York and Kuraite.

The strong start kicks up another gear with Protagonist where short spicy grooves aligned to piercing sonic and rhythmic hooks instantly prey on ears and imagination. As in the first, a contagious energy and flirtation is a persistent beckoning, this time within a hardcore ire that has a Red Tape meets Billy Talent feel to it before an X-Ray Spex meets The Raincoats like confrontation shows through to stir up song and enjoyment even more.

Separated strolls in next, its mellower melodic landscape courting a catchiness which combined hints at the earlier mentioned band Au-Pairs. Expectantly, it too has a raw snarl and antagonistic nature which perfectly tempers and works with the calmer but no less imposing punk ‘n’ roll revelry, but as great as it is, the track is totally eclipsed by the outstanding Restless. The best track on the EP, it is a scathing sonic tempest which seduces as it wrong foots, sudden slips into warm caresses and virulent old school punk devilment complete with addictive hooks and abrasive intensity an inescapable enslavement. At certain points, the song has thoughts wondering if this is what The Slits would sound like if starting out now, but ultimately and once more the striking provocateur is distinctly Petrol Girls.

The predatory enticement and belligerent roar of System comes next, band and song creating infectious and intimidating emotive contumacy before Disgrace brings the EP to a close with its even more cantankerous proposal. Again as wilful and rebellious as both are, there is an underlying catchiness which has the body as hooked as ears and mind.

Petrol Girls is maybe a band on the outskirts of recognition, or was as that is surely going to change if the Some Thing EP gets its persuasive way.

The Some Thing EP is available on CD, Digital Download, and three-track 7” Vinyl featuring the first trio of songs above now via Bomber Music @

Pete RingMaster 20/02/2016

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Mammoth Mammoth – Mammoth Bloody Mammoth

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As the band unload their avalanche of ravenously heavy riffs across Europe on the on Up in Smoke Tour VOL VI! with My Sleeping Karma and Greenleaf, Australian rockers Mammoth Mammoth have seriously whetted the appetite again with their new four-track EP. Featuring two brand new predators as well as a re-worked older scavenger of the senses alongside a blazing cover, Mammoth Bloody Mammoth is a rousing thunder of everything it is so easy to get lustful over.

With last album Volume IV – Hammered still stirring up acclaiming attention after its release almost a year ago, the Melbourne quartet keep the juggernaut of invasive temptation rolling with more of the refreshing same in their latest incitement. The two new songs open up the release, the predatory crawl of Taste Your Blood invading ears first. Swiftly, as expected, the track hits a feisty swagger and mischievous determination as its fuzz infested rock ‘n’ roll gets dirtily flirtatious. The gravelly tones of vocalist Mikey Tucker becomes the ringleader in devilment, his inviting bait backed by the punchy swings of drummer Frank Trobbiani and the grouchy tones of Pete Bell’s bass with guitarist Ben Couzens penning them all in with a wall of anthemic riffs entwined in flaming grooves.

MammothMammoth art_RingMaster ReviewThe track is unashamed, balls showing rock ‘n’ roll quickly matched in kind and success by Drugs. Punk ‘n’ roll to get down and dirty with, the track swings and twists with an insatiable appetite to stir up trouble and bad habits. With its predecessor, the song has the body exhausted and pleasure overflowing and the treats only continue as firstly the band uncages an incendiary cover of MC5`s Kick Out the Jams which alone inflames an already greedy appetite. Within the punk soaked slab of feverish rock ‘n’ roll grooves and rhythms collide as in a mosh pit, the band leaving the listener physically wasted with similarly fevered emotions in tandem before closing off the EP with one final potent stomp.

A re-mastered version of Dead Sea completes the rampage. Instantly it is a rolling wave of portentous rhythms and stalking riffs within smog like intensity which smothers the senses; a dark trespassing hug veined by resonating suggestive hues and shimmering textures. Primal and mesmeric, shamanic and seductive, the track is an increasingly enthralling drama and as the EP, simply Mammoth Mammoth at their best.

Mammoth Bloody Mammoth is out now via Napalm Records.

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