Petrol Girls
Cut and Stitch


4.5
superb

Review

by Kurai USER (7 Reviews)
May 31st, 2019 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Venomous and aggressive, but introspective when it needs to be, Cut and Stitch is an album which will grip you from your first listen and keep you going back to it constantly.

Given the political climate of the world that we currently live in, it's not surprising that there's bands within the Punk/Hardcore scene openly discussing these issues within their music. Of course, while these messages are important and need to be discussed, that doesn't mean anything if the band doesn't have the songs to back up their message. Luckily, London/Austria's Petrol Girls have that in spades, combining furious punk riffs with lyrics about the state of the world we live in and feminism. Their 2016 debut album 'Talk of Violence' was an excellent debut, but the band have managed to surpass it with their follow up album, 'Cut and Stitch'.

Lyrically, the songs mainly discuss issues such as feminism and the current state of the world we live in. While some bands aren't able to write about these topics without coming across as pretentious or overly preachy (i.e. Enter Shikari), Petrol Girls manage to discuss these topics in a manner that simply states what the issue is without preaching. There's also songs that touch upon more personal topics, such as the more melancholic 'Skye' lamenting the loss of a beloved pet.

Musically, the guitar work is mainly energetic and frantic with all songs sounding far from lifeless. Song such as the singles 'The Sound' and 'Big Mouth' both keep the pace up throughout their three minute run times by having fast and energetic riffs dripping with fury and venom, helping to back up the message presented in the songs. The songs also know when to bring the pace down a little, with Rootless slowing down and opting for more sombre sounding single notes and silent drumming without sounding too lifeless. Things are also kept interesting vocally, with vocalist Ren Aldridge mainly using a passionate shouted vocal style alongside more melodic sung vocals and spoken word sections when the songs call for it. Guitarist Joe York also gets a chance to showcase his impressive vocal skills in the incredibly catchy, Billy Talent Esque 'No Love For A Nation'.

Overall, this is a big step up from their already incredible in it's own right debut album. Full of excellent punk and hardcore songs, this is an album which shows what Petrol Girls are truly capable of and lives up to the promise presented in their works that proceeded this one. If this album is any indication, this band are destined for great things in the future.

Recommended tracks:

The Sound
Big Mouth
No Love For A Nation
Rootless
Weather Warning



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CugnoBrasso
May 31st 2019


640 Comments


Never heard of them, thank you for reviewing it... I'm always reluctant to listen to modern post-hc since it doesn't quite fit my idea of the genre, but since you recommended atdi and refused I'll give it a try.

FadedSun
May 31st 2019


1981 Comments


I'm gonna check this based on those side recs. I'm intrigued.

CugnoBrasso
May 31st 2019


640 Comments


Oh shit what is this? A post-hardcore band that actually plays post-hardcore???

SymbolicInTime
May 31st 2019


4423 Comments


Im having a very hard time tolerating the harsh vox

Cormano
May 31st 2019


1506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tight

Digging: Stef Chura - Midnight

Kurai
May 31st 2019


278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I’ve been a fan for a few years since I saw them supporting Strike Anywhere over here. This album in particular ended up really impressing me so I thought it deserved a review on here. They’re opening for La Dispute on their UK/EU tour later this summer too so I’m excited about hearing some of these songs get played live.

PostMesmeric
May 31st 2019


754 Comments


Gave this a shot after reading this review. I'm kind of lukewarm on the vocal style, but the instrumentation is amazing.

WatchItExplode
May 31st 2019


6770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so much better than I was anticipating. Vox both spoken an shouted rule, and I really dig the Male vox as accompaniment.

WatchItExplode
May 31st 2019


6770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wanted to dismiss the spoken sections as cheesy but there is some substance...I'm hearing a lot of circle takes the square and blood command.

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2019


7130 Comments


Yeah what I heard of this was a lot of fun with substance to back it up

Digging: State Faults - Clairvoyant

WatchItExplode
May 31st 2019


6770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In a matter of fact way but yeah its there

Ashtiel
June 1st 2019


442 Comments


sampled "The Sound" and I already love the vox. will definitely be checking this

Digging: black midi - Schlagenheim

Kingdok
June 1st 2019


83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Liking this. Def gonna be spinning it thru the weekend.

WatchItExplode
June 1st 2019


6770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Come on Sputnik this is the best of the week's releases

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2019


7130 Comments


Will give a full listen tonite

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 1st 2019


3927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is badass.

Digging: Petrol Girls - Cut and Stitch

tcat84
June 2nd 2019


1252 Comments


putting Refused and ATDI as recs for this is setting the bar too high IMO, regardless of how good this sounds

After a quick listen of a few songs I'm definitely gonna give it a full spin soon

The cleans remind me of Pretty girls make graves quite a bit

Kurai
June 2nd 2019


278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They were just the only bands who sprung to mind in terms of sound as well as a slight Billy Talent influence. I was tempted to put Svalbard as a recommendation, but the two bands sound nothing alike and the only similarities between the two are the political songs related to feminism and the fact that they both have lead singers who are women.

widowslaugh123
June 2nd 2019


1560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Is this what paramore would sound like if they went hardcore?

tcat84
June 2nd 2019


1252 Comments


I do hear the Billy Talent thing though especially in Big Mouth.



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