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■ It may be easy to re­spond to the ti­tle of Petrol Girls’ sec­ond EP by point­ing out that the present is pretty dark too, but as they let rip, it’s ob­vi­ous they’ve no­ticed. These three tracks are like a right­eous stun grenade in the punch bowl at a share­hold­ers’ ball, but what makes it com­pelling is, rather than merely burn­ing on an­ar­chic fire­power, the Uk/aus­trian punks fuse rage and mean­ing with ear-turn­ing twists. Sur­vivor may smash win­dows as singer Ren Aldridge takes aim at those who shame sex­ual as­sault vic­tims, but it is the qui­eter mo­ments that are the most men­ac­ing here, as Ren mum­bles through grit­ted teeth, ‘It was my anger that

kept me alive.’ Sis­ter’s brood­ing man­i­festo on fe­male sol­i­dar­ity, mean­while, is punc­tu­ated by an ex­plo­sively cathar­tic cho­rus. The present may be over­shad­owed by in­equal­ity and com­pla­cency, but Petrol Girls are fighting for a brighter to­mor­row, one in­cen­di­ary song at a time. JAMES MACK­IN­NON

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