A band that has been making waves within the DIY circuit for some time, the end of last year saw Porridge Radio sign to Secretly Canadian and release a string of singles that garnered them a great deal of acclaim. With their debut studio album out today, we caught up with Dana Margolin to talk dogs, house shows and medieval paintings.

Their latest single ‘Sweet’ bristles with a taut urgency. Oscillating between moments of hushed sparsity and guttural outbursts of feedback-laden guitars and crashing cymbals, Margolin’s crystalline enunciations augment the urgent intensity as her husky vocals rise to unbridled howls. It’s this prowess for crafting tracks laced with a taut air of unhinged menace and delivered with a glimmer in the eye that sets Porridge Radio out as such an exciting and formidable band.

Speaking on the single Margolin expresses “Sweet is a song about holding grudges and learning how to have fun and letting go of an old version of yourself. I was feeling light-hearted when I wrote it, but when we came together to play it as a band, it suddenly felt really dramatic and exciting. When we play it live, the energy in the room always feels really intense, and then suddenly we just explode altogether and it always feels really good.”. And explode they certainly do.

With Every Bad out today, get to know Porridge Radio In Short…

Three words to describe our music…

Big, Bad, Sad.

Last photo on your phone…

My dog in the park surrounded by blossom and mud

Favourite instagram account…

damien_kempf posts loads of amazing details from medieval paintings and I love it

The best venue I’ve played…

House shows are always the best. Does that count as a venue? My friend’s house.

Earliest song you remember…

The Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Working in a call centre. I was not good at it.

Favourite food on tour

Pickles and mustard

My Favourite word…

Ouch

Things that cheer me up

My dogs!

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be

At the earth’s core

I think you should listen to… 

This Elegant Gull. She’s 11 and from Brighton and making better music than anyone else in the world.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Lorde!!!!

Every Bad is out now on Secretly Canadian.

Porridge Radio play Ritual Union on March 28th and Exchange on 23rd October.

Photo credit: El Hardwick