In quiet moments, it’s important to be reflective and immersed in your own drive-in cinema. When real life gets a little too overwhelmed and your incessant overthinking becomes a problem, you need a catharsis of potency, either as an outcry or as therapy.
One band rifling through the chemistry set, looking for a potent concoction is one of Brighton collective, Porridge Radio. Their wistful Black Country, New Roads take mixed with the intensity of ladled post-punk Viagra Boys, makes for a wild blend of art-rock and inflected indie-pop makes it enthralling to listen to.
If you like to teeter on the edge of neither comfort or un-comfort, the delights within the new-wave and post-punk movement will dazzle you like a newly discovered candle scent.
From End of Last Year, (Cut off my shoes instead of taking them off/Cut off my hands ’cause they’re itching so much/Talk to myself ’cause I’m getting so blue/Do you know/You break everything you touch?) – in an ever-growing world while you try to grow with it, it embraces the struggles and risk of flight to twentysomethings- to Back To The Radio (Lock all the windows and shut all the doors/And get into the house and lie down on the cold, hard floor/Talk back to the radio, think loud in the car/I miss everything now, we’re worth nothing at all/So, lock all the windows and shut all the doors/And get into the house and lie down on the cold, hard floor/Talk back to the radio, think loud in the car/I miss everything now/we’re worth nothing at all) a cathartic birdsong of letting go and sweeping you away for the unprepared.
A true underground new-wave gem plucked from the nitty digestibles of Squid and Dry Cleaning – which crave the same hard and honest intensity shared in the world of songwriting – it signifies another changing tide for our post-punk and indie-rock soothsayers who are melting the music whimsical in front of our very ears. While their previous statement of Every Bad was not able to be fully appreciated through a deserving set of venue speakers due to the forever-nightmarish pandemic at the time of its release, we can appreciate this one.
Flowers is just beautiful. Splintered is a story of our lives. Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky is a masterpiece. Enjoy it too and come along for the ride. It’s going to be a wild one.
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