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Porridge Radio deliver new cut "The Rip"

07 April 2022, 15:32 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Porridge Radio have released a second single from their Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky album titled "The Rip".

"The Rip" follows the band's February lead single "Back To The Radio", and lands with a Ella Margolin-directed video.

Lead vocalist Dana Margolin says of the single, ""The Rip" was the last song to be finished for the album, and we finished it about a week before we went into the studio to record it in March 2021. We wanted it to sound like massive pop, like Charli XCX, but with the instrumentation of bands like Slothrust or Deftones. It took the longest a song has ever taken me to write lyrics for, and they took form over a few years. At the beginning it was a song about a power dynamic where I was in control, by the end it was about one where I had none."

"My friends always accuse me of making up idioms and using them like they are well known phrases and I think this song is full of those," Margolin adds. "I love the idea of something being sick at the seams, like it's disintegrating from its core. I like things that are so simple they are universal. I wanted it to sound like when your heart breaks so badly that your entire body aches. I wanted it to feel like your soul is dropping out of your body."

Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky will follow Porridge Radio's 2020 album Every Bad, and is partly inspired by a Eileen Agar collage.

The new album is co-produced by Tom Carmichael, Margolin and drummer Sam Yardley.

Margolin said of the album in February, "I wrote these songs for myself but I think everyone wants to feel like what they’re doing is useful in some way. I'm learning to embrace both now, the parts that are for me, and the parts that are for everybody else."

"The Rip" is out now. Porridge Radio's Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky album will arrive via Secretly Canadian on 20 May, and is available to pre-order now. They'll play London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 3 November. Visit for tickets.
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