A few years back, when I first heard Alex Cameron, I became an instant fan of his work. While idly reading up on his background as a musician, I came across the record label Secretly Canadian. I remembered the name as it made me laugh to myself (by which I mean I exhaled from my nose, staring down at my phone screen). Cut to a few days ago, as I discovered the song Sweet by Porridge Radio, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Secretly Canadian haven’t lost their taste for brilliant DIY music. Once again, an instant fandom was born.
Porridge Radio are currently gearing up to release their new album Every Bad on 13th March, and their latest single Sweet is a tantalising taste of what’s to come. Upon first listen, I was touched by the lyrics. Vulnerable and raw, to me the words seem to speak of a desire to be loved, a childhood shaped by doubt, and the struggle of reconciling these things as an adult out in the real world. Dana Margolin delivers them in a way that invites the listener to come closer before a cacophony of sound leaps out from the speakers. It is in this sense that the music and the lyrics meld perfectly, creating a clear and concise message that I’m sure strikes a chord with anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider.
The dynamism and melodic prowess of Sweet reminds me of peak Nirvana. The way in which the song lifts me emotionally brings back memories of seeing Wolf Alice perform Silk live. But Porridge Radio are by no means in need of such comparisons; they are a strong act, defined by their own sound. The Brighton four-piece have recently featured in this years NME list 100 acts to watch, and rightly so. The trailblazing noisemakers not only make great tunes, but the Sam Hiscox directed video for the single is a perfect match for the music and quite frankly out of this world.
The band have also announced a 2020 UK tour throughout March and April, and I’ll certainly be looking to bag myself a ticket to their Studio2 date in Liverpool! Get ready for Porridge Radio, because this year is going to be big.