Of all the bands on the this year's lineup at The Great Escape, actually the Alternative Escape, I was most intrigued with Brighton's own Porridge Radio. Last year, I'd featured the band's lo-fi bedroom track, 'Barks Like a Dog', falling for its open hearted brutal charm. However, I worried something would be lost in a full band performance, but I still penciled in the band's performance at Bar Rogue (not Bar Rouge as a head full of drink so eloquently called it) on Saturday as a mustn't miss. That is if my double booked schedule opened up.
Anyway, on Friday, in between gigs, I popped into the perpetually crowded and noisy East Street Taps (formerly the Fishbowl) to check out some of the Alternative Escape acts on the bill when I saw Emmy from Don't Need No Melody walk up. She was there to meet Dana of Porridge Radio. I'd met Emmy the year before in London and at the festival, she quickly introduced everyone. During my quick chat with Dana, I spoke of a shambolic performance from a Swedish punk band the night before at the Green Door Store. With a wry smile, Dana matter of factly said she liked shambolic. It was at that moment I knew I had to see the band perform. Oh yeah, they didn't disappoint. Porridge Radio's new LP, Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers, is out today on Memorials of Distinction Records. Go listen and buy (definitely read the MoD description of the band too). Find the lead track 'Eugh' below.