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Getting 'Back To the Radio', Where Porridge Radio Should Be

Photo credit: Matilda Hill-Jenkins

Brighton based band Porridge Radio has once again graced the industry with the announcement of upcoming album Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky (yes, that’s the whole name) out on the 20th of May, alongside the release of a dainty daydream of a video for their latest single ‘Back To The Radio’. Front person Dana Margolin uses their powerful dusty voice and the band's serrated riffs to break through a pastel paper mâché wonderland adding dimensions to the angsty rock band archetype.

While it’s easy to get lost in the movement of the video, the song celebrates reflections of oneself and the uncomfortable anxiety that is thrust upon us in the strange world we currently live in. A crisis of self, lyrics ‘talk back to the radio/ think loud in the car/ I miss everything now/ we’re worth nothing at all’ envelop the idea of wanting to move back to a simpler time while still acknowledging that the world has to move forward, no matter how much we may not want it to. The video develops on this symbolism, with rain and autumn leaves to symbolise the passage of time against our desire for it stay still, and large mountains that represent the slopes we all have to climb.

"'Back To The Radio’ feels like a huge introductory hello or a big ceremonial goodbye. I wrote it at the end of 2019 when we were gearing up for the release of ‘Every Bad’ and I felt like a lot of things were coming that I wasn’t sure I knew how to handle.” Margolin shares of the deeper personal meaning behind the song.

Porridge Radio have a sure hold on the direction they’re venturing in- their forays into the alternative scene hit the target with release. With Margolin’s singular voice, and their symphony of bass and drums, Porridge Radio’s Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky is an album release you’ll want to put on your calendars.

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