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Listen to “End Of Last Year”

Today, Porridge Radio announce their first-ever North American tour and present a new single/video “End of Last Year,” off Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky, out May 20th on Secretly Canadian. Following “The Rip” and “Back to the Radio,” “End of Last Year” glows with synth and gentle, crashing percussion as the track unfurls with Dana Margolin’s visceral lyrics: “Cut off my shoes instead of taking them off // Cut off my hands because they’re itching so much // Talk to myself because it’s getting so bad // Do you know? // You break everything you touch.” 

Margolin elaborates on the track and the video: “’End Of Last Year’ is a love song for my bandmates and for myself. It’s about not trusting my intuition, not trusting my body to heal itself, not trusting the people closest to me, but it is also an ode to all those people, and to difficult platonic love. It came out of a particularly painful period of communication breakdown and high pressure that hurt a lot, but ended in reconciliation and understanding.

The video is by my friend Maura Sappilo. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time, and I wanted her to make the video for this song because whilst her work is playful and bright, she knows how to bring the dirty and painful and disgusting aspects of being a person and having relationships into her paintings. Her art is lyrical and sensual and painful and beautiful, and I love how she brought all that to this song.”

Watch Porridge Radio’s Video for “End of Last Year”

Porridge Radio – comprised of Margolin, drummer Sam Yardley, keyboardist Georgie Stott and bassist Maddie Ryall –  are one of the most vital new voices in alternative music, having transformed from DIY darlings to a Mercury-nominated tour de force for their 2020 album, Every Bad, in the space of less than a year. If Every Bad established Margolin’s lemon-sharp, heart-on-sleeve honesty, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky takes that to anthemic new heights. Co-produced by Tom Carmichael, Margolin and Yardley, the album’s sound is panoramic and sparkling. Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky seems to be eternally striving for balance – joy, fear and endlessness in harmony. It scores someone in their late twenties facing down the disappointment of love, and life, and figuring out how to exist in the world, without claiming any answers. It’s also catchy as hell. 

Tonight, Porridge Radio’s Margolin and Yardley will perform a special free duo show at the Greene Space in New York City. Following UK and European tours this summer, the full band will come over for their first-ever US tour – tickets go on sale this Friday, May 6 at 10am local time. All dates are listed below.

Watch the “Back To The Radio” Video

Watch “The Rip” Video

Pre-order Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky

Porridge Radio Tour Dates

Fri. May 20 – Manchester, UK @ Piccadilly Records

Sat. May 21 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Great Eastern 2022

Sun. May 22 – Leeds, UK @ Crash Records

Tue. May 24 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East

Wed. May 25 – Brighton, UK @ Resident Music

Thu. May 26 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Records

Thu. May 26 – Sun. May 29 – Walton-on-trent, UK @ Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering 2022

Fri. May 27 – Totnes, UK @ Sea Change Festival 2022

Sat. Jun. 4 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Weekend 1 2022

Wed. Jun. 8 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

Sat. Jun. 11 – Hilvarenbeek, NE @ Best Kept Secret Festival 2022

Wed. Jun. 29 – Sat. Jul. 2 – Ydynia, PL @ Open’er Festival 2022

Fri. Jul. 8 – Soliera, IT @ Arti Vive 2022

Sat. Jul. 9 – Siena, IT @ LARS ROCK FEST 2022

Thu. Jul. 14 – Sat. Jul. 16 – Budapest, HU @ Reflektor Festival

Fri. Jul. 15 – Stirling, UK @ Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival 2022

Fri. Jul. 22 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival 2022

Sat. Jul. 23 – Macclesfield, UK @ Bluedot Festival 2022

Tue. Aug. 9 – Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7

Thu. Aug. 11 – Oslo, NO @ Øyaestivalen 2022

Sun. Aug. 14 – Kiewit-Hasselt, BE @ HEAR HEARI 2022

Mon. Aug. 15 – Wubterthur, CH @ 47. Winterthurer Musikfestwochen 2022

Tue. Aug. 16 – Sat. Aug. 20 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival 2022

Thu. Sep. 1 – Sun. Sep. 4 – Sixpenny Handley, UK @ End of the Road Festival 2022

Tue. Sept. 6 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Wed. Sept. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room

Fri. Sept. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

Mon. Sept. 12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir

Tue. Sept. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza

Thu. Sept. 15 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Fri. Sept. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Sat. Sept. 17 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

Mon. Sept. 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Tue. Sept. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

Fri. Sept. 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Sat. Sept. 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Sun. Sept. 25 – Washington, DC @ DC9

Tue. Sept. 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Earl

Wed. Sept. 28 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East

Fri. Sept. 30 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links

Sat. Oct. 1 – Austin, TX @ Parish

Sat. Oct. 15 – Digbeth, UK @ The Crossing Digbeth

Thu. Oct. 20 – Sheffield, UK @ Southampton 1865

Sat. Oct. 22 – Exeter, UK @ Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre

Mon. Oct. 24 – Nottingham, UK @ Metronome

Tue. Oct. 25 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity Centre

Wed. Oct. 26 – Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Junction

Fri. Oct. 28 – Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke’s

Sat. Oct. 29 – Manchester, UL @ Manchester Academy 2

Sun. Oct. 30 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Irish Centre

Tue. Nov. 1 – Hove, UK @ The Old Market

Wed. Nov. 2 – Hove, UK @ The Old Market

Thu. Nov. 3 – London, UL @ 02 Shepherds Bush Empire

Fri. Nov. 11 – Amsterdam, NE @ Melkweg OZ

Sat. Nov. 12 – Maastricht, NE @ Muziekgieterij

Sun. Nov. 13 – Cologne, DE @ Club Volta

Wed. Nov. 16 – Lyon, FR @ Le Sonic

Thu. Nov. 17 – Milan, IT @ Biko

Sat. Nov. 19 – Bologna, IT @ Covo Club

Sun. Nov. 20 – Annecy, FR @ Le Brise Glace

Tue. Nov. 22 – Barcelona, ES @ La 2 de Apolo

Thu. Nov. 24 – Vigo, ES @ Radar Estudios

Fri. Nov. 25 – Guimaraes, PT @ Centro Cultural Vila Flor (CCVF)

Mon. Nov. 28 – Madrid, ES @ Independance Club

Tue. Nov. 29 – San Sebastián, ES @ Dabadaba

Thu. Dec. 1 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey

Fri. Dec. 2 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Siréne

Sun. Dec. 4 – Bruges, BE @ Cactus Club

Mon. Dec. 5 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rotondes

Wed. Dec. 7 – Zürich, CH @ Bogen F

Thu. Dec. 8 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle, Feierwerk

Sat. Dec. 10 – Vienna, AT @ Flex

Sun. Dec. 11 – Prague, CZ @ Café V Lese

Mon. Dec. 12 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg

Fri. Dec. 16 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang

Sat. Dec. 17 – Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega, VEGA

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