When I really got into punk in the early to mid-80s, as a disillusioned teenager it was easy to find a political cause to believe in. It has been said that Ronald Reagan was the best thing to happen to punk.
Fast forward to November 2016 and the pundits were quickly clamouring to say that punk was about to be refueled, and it has been, but the truth is it’s a lot of the same issues, always has been always will be. Inequality, greedy corporations, corrupt politicians, racism, police brutality….you know…no war, no KKK, no fascist USA…
Portland’s Petite are fueled by these themes and play catchy as hell melodic street punk with vocalist Laura raging over nasty guitars. Lyrically there are some pretty straight ahead messages ripped from today’s headlines:
“Abuse is choice that you can make
Choke, stalk, intimidate
For those who stand up, for those who stay true, efforts aren’t lost, we remember you”
They’ve got two EPs out and this is a band full of promise.