Petrol Girls take aim at radical left crusaders on the abrasive Preachers

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Petrol Girls have unleashed a new single, Preachers, lifted from their forthcoming album Baby, which is scheduled for release on June 24 via Hassle.

The insightful and abrasive song takes aim at radical crusaders who revel in moral superiority, and follows on from the quartet's previously-released tracks Clowns and Baby I Had An Abortion.

Speaking of the new release, vocalist Ren Aldridge explains: "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 continues, "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 thats fucking fine.”

Listen to Preachers below:

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The London-based post-hardcore punks will be mixing headline shows with performances at festivals this summer, including a slot in support of Pearl Jam at Hyde Park's British Summer Time event on July 9.

Headline/festival dates:

Jul 07: Newport Le Pub
Jul 08: Cheltenham 2000trees Festival   
Jul 09: London BST Hyde Park with Pearl Jam
Jul 10: Brighton The Green Door Store

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