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PETROL GIRLS Passionate and principled post-hardcore.

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ETROL Girls are a feminist post-hardcore band based in South East London. Formed in 2013 for an International Women’s

Day gig, the band have toured regularly around the UK and mainland Europe after having released their fervent ‘Some Thing’ EP to high acclaim earlier this year via Bomber Music. By the time you read this the band will be in mid-swing of a run of headline tour dates which will see the four-piece relaying

WOLF DOWN Lupine chaos with a political bent.

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TARTING their journey in 2011 with their debut EP ‘MMXI’, Wolf Down have put themselves firmly on the international hardcore map, touring tirelessly in

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Europe, Asia and Russia. The ‘Liberation EP’, released last year, not only marked the debut of vocalist Dave, but also offered their most uncompromising mix of metallic hardcore to date at that point, fueled by radical political content and drawing comparisons to bands like Hatebreed, Bitter End, The Ghost Inside and Trapped Under Ice.

their new music and their message to hungry ears in the flesh. They had this to say about the dates: “All four of us are really excited to be touring the UK again after taking quite some time off to record our first album and relocate to different living situations and such. Also, we can’t wait to finally present all the new songs we’ve been working on so hard during the past months.“ They’ve recently been working on a debut album, the release of which is yet to be announced. Their music combines manic jagged rhythms with vocals that range from furious screaming to intricate melodies and harmonies. They are known for their explosive live performances, with influences such as Refused, White Lung, Bikini Kill, RVIVR, Propagandhi, At The Drive-In and War On Women. Identifying explicitly as a feminist band and drawing on personal experiences to challenge and ridicule sexism as well as exploring wider political themes such as alienation, mental health and the current anti-austerity movement.

BRINGS IT LIKE: WAR ON WOMEN / BIKINI KILL / FUGAZI OUT NOW: SOME THING (Bomber)

With their second LP ‘Incite And Conspire’ which dropped in February this year, Wolf Down are now poised to become one of the most important bands in their genre. Produced by Dominic Paraskevopoulos in the Level3Entertainment Studios (Kreator, Caliban, Arch Enemy) ‘Incite & Conspire’ sounds even more powerful than any of the band’s previous work. A central theme of the LP is the direct link between human rights, animal rights and the fight for the preservation of our planet. From the call for active environmental protection in ‘Protect / Preserve’, to the denouncement of the abuse of power in religious institutions through ‘True Deceivers’, right up to the demand for the abolition of all cages and the plea for a vegan diet: Wolf Down make it clear that it’s not possible to solve the massive issues they address without recognizing their coherences. If you want to talk about hardcore in 2016, you will be talking about Wolf Down.

BRINGS IT LIKE: EARTH CRISIS / BITTER END / STRAY FROM THE PATH OUT NOW: INCITE & CONSPIRE (End Hits)

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