Porridge Radio – Rice, Pasta and other fillers

Brighton Riot-Girl Punk-Rock Emo Scream-core  heroes hit with Pasta, Rice and other Fillers


Porridge Radio were already one of our favourite live bands. Georgina’s self-confessed bouncing and squawking distracting us from the impassioned vocals and punk rock guitar of front person and songwriter Dana in turn distracting us from one of the tightest rhythm sections in town in the form of Sam and Matilda. Seriously distracting.

And now after an array of demos and occasional ad hoc releases they’ve gone and produced one of the best albums you’re likely to hear all year. It’s all riot-girl and punk rock, but full of dynamic structural changes and an underpinning of brilliant lyricism.

Dana Margolin does young-person angst better than anyone we’ve heard for quite a while. In ‘Barks like a dog’ she takes a well-worn phrase, stretches it further and then puts the knife to the canvas of her emotions: “Beauty seeps in the cracks where the pain comes in,” she sings, before noting that “all the things that break me and really hurt me keep me sane and warm“. And she sounds sane and warm.

That song precedes a cover of Daniel Johnston’s Walking the Cow, which in turn is followed by the stunning ‘Can You Hear Me Now’ which typifies the prolonged scream at which the band seem to excel.

“My problems are meaningless so listen to someone else
I’m sick to death of me
Listen to yourself listen to someone else
I’m sick to death of me…”

 

‘Can You Hear Me Now’ is brilliant and it’s followed by the stunning ‘Sorry’. More emotion, more passion, more pain, more confusion, wrapped up in a musical whirlwind:

“Theres one hundred ways of dealing with this shit But I think I’ve only got the energy To cry”

The shorter track that follows, ‘Worms’, takes a simple metaphor of “this is the worm speaking to the maggot” to comment on modern culture and tears apart the veneer of celebrity and comparative privilege:

“It’s a beautiful day for an ugly girl to wake up feeling pretty,” she sings.

Those are probably our three favourite tracks and they encapsulate the themes that flow throughout the album. There are plenty more thrilling and memorable moments.

Now you have no excuse not to discover Porridge Radio for yourself and we think you’ll love them as much as we do. They regularly gig in Brighton so check out their facebook page for more details.

The album ‘Rice, Pasta & Other Fillers’ is available on limited edition cassette or as a free download from Memorials of Distinction on bandcamp

 

Review and photograph by Jon Southcoasting

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona Sally Miller – 3 EPs

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Wow, out of the blue not just one but three free-to-download EPs from the excellent Fiona Sally Miller sounding awesome, still in the lo-fi alt-folk mode and not a single sign of the long-promised techno album (well, perhaps I should have sat still is just a little bit techno…)

FSM slips her music out quietly without the slightest attention, but it is very much worthy of your ears. This may well be a clearing of the decks but we hope it is perhaps a sign that more is on the way and we might see her out and about performing again soon. Fiona Sally Miller

 

Becky Becky video interview

In the way of the blogs, we sent Brighton’s electro-pop superstars Becky Becky some questions, thinking to celebrate the release of their new albumGood Morning, Midnight they might supply a few hesitant stuttering finger-typed words, about why House of the Black Madonna is the future of rock ‘n’ roll and how Jean Rhys could have rocked the middle-European disco had she been of a certain age.

Instead, they sent us this.

The album’s out May 1st and is available from their website at www.beckybecky.com

 

Who are… ?

Becky Becky is two people: Gemma L Williams and Peter J D Mason. Bandmates, friends, lovers, enemies. We´ve existed together in almost every possible permutation. We´ve loved each other, hated each other, walked together, walked out on each other. There is no pit of despair we haven´t pushed each other to, we struggle together… but we always remain together.

Where were Becky Becky… ?

…formed in Brighton, England, a long time ago. There have been casualties. We started making music by following a very loose manifesto. One rule that will always remain is: no “real” instruments. No drums, guitars… only electronic music.

By limiting your options, you free yourself.

Where does… ?

What´s in a name? It´s our name. A fifty-fifty partnership, making one complete whole: Becky Becky.

Why “Good Morning, Midnight”?

…from Jean Rhys´ 1939 novel, which took its name from an Emily Dickenson poem. We recommend both these texts.

And what does she mean to you?

Jean Rhys was an author often depicting mistreated, rootless women. To this day, her words are still relevant and easily identifiable. She is an inspiration and a favourite author of ours – a fact which helped bring us together.

Are you a European band now? 

We formed in Brighton and currently reside here, but we are not involved with the Brighton music scene or anything like that. We feel like outsiders here.  If ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ feels like a European record, then that makes sense. It was written in Prague and recorded up a mountain in a wooden chalet in Seythenex, a tiny French Alpine village.

Who are your musical influences?

Hot Chip and ´80s synth-pop. From Europe, the Knife and Legowelt. Eurotrash and Eurobeats too, if you put aside your pretensions. That kind of music is full of joy and is genuinely great.

Is this music to dance to… ?

When we created Becky Becky, we wanted to make danceable music with lyrics tackling serious themes. We hope you can sit and listen to it, to the stories. But we also want you to just switch off and dance. If you come to see us play live, you should definitely be dancing.

Do you have live… ?

We are not really a gigging band. We do not just play. We try and make every show unique. This requires a lot more effort these days as our ideas become increasingly more elaborate. So we do not play very often. We do not just turn up and plug in and play. We make shows.

Do you… ?

For the autumn, we are lining up some shows in Europe and we have one in New York City on the 26th September in the Pyramid Club. Our next show is our album launch in Brighton on Friday 23rd May. It will be an audio-visual show and probably the most elaborate we´ve ever attempted.

What comes next ?

Becky Becky is in a constant fragile state. Gemma is recovering from the unexpected death of her Woodpecker alter ego; and Peter is working on other projects.

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Who knows what comes next ?

The album Good Morning, Midnightis out on May 1st 2014 and available from the Becky Becky website at www.beckybecky.com