Photo by Matilda Hill-Jenkins
Porridge Radio's Every Bad was a musical highlight of 2020 (the only real kind of highlight 2020 had, to be fair...), and the UK band is back with new music! "Back to the Radio" is the first single and opening track for the new album. It's the best kind of reintroduction to a band you could have. It keeps everything we loved about their previous album while still moving into a new direction. The song is Porridge Radio's version of a power ballad. It may not have the noise or dissonance we are used to from them, but it's hardly a standard power ballad. It starts off with this quiet drone of noise (the kind you'd hear from Sonic Youth) and slowly and slowly builds into this unique indie rock power ballad that is equally beautiful and contentious song.
Frontperson Dana Margolin says of the new song:
‘“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. The song grew out of a feeling of intense loneliness and being unprepared for what everybody was promising me was about to happen – and a strong desire to escape without knowing what I wanted to escape to. To me there’s a huge feeling of catharsis in this song, of letting go and letting it sweep you away.”
You can watch the video for "Back to the Radio" below. Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky is due out May 20 on Secretly Canadian, and can be pre-ordered and pre-saved here. For more on Porridge Radio, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter.