Splitting their time between London and their hometown of Brighton, Porridge Radio have released “Give/Take”, their first new music since their first full-band LP Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers.
“Give/Take” has humble beginnings, starting with a lo-fi humdrum vibe with the track's initially innocent repetition, echoing Dinosaur Jr.'s “Feel The Pain”. The ferocity kicks in as the Pavement-like playful melodies build and Dana Margolin's vocals hike to match the grit of Ari Up.
The band started out as Margolin's project, frequenting Brighton's open mic nights with her rousing solo material. She later recruited a full band and evolved Porridge Radio into a four-piece, who've since supported Soccer Mommy, Dream Wife and Speedy Ortiz, and can add Cherry Glazerr to that list after their 3 April show.
On the new track, Margolin explains: "It's a song about desire and confusion and being a robot with constantly changing emotions (have I been programmed?). It's about not knowing what your personality is if your thoughts and feelings and opinions change with your mood and your mood changes before you can catch up with it.
"It's also about learning how to know what you need, how to ask for it, how to take it. And because of that it's also about guilt and longing, and how they are constantly in dialogue with each other and how they can contradict each other. It's about knowing what you need but not knowing how to accept that or how to get it.
"The songs are a healing process," Margolin continues, "a way to understand how I feel (especially when I can't connect to it at the time). The band is a way to communicate that to other people and to connect with them."
Porridge Radio release the track via Memorials of Distinction label, which which the band play a part in running.