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Porridge Radio announce new album ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’

The band's third album is being previewed by first single and opening track 'Back To The Radio'

By Will Richards

Porridge Radio pose for a press picture
Porridge Radio from left to right: Maddie Ryall, Sam Yardley, Dana Margolin and Georgie Stott (Picture: Matilda Hill-Jenkins)

Porridge Radio have announced details of their third studio album – listen to first single ‘Back To The Radio’ below.

‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ is the band’s second album for Secretly Canadian and follows 2020’s ‘Every Bad’. It’s set for release on May 20.

Discussing the new song, Porridge Radio vocalist Dana Margolin said: ‘“Back To The Radio’ feels like a huge introductory hello or a big ceremonial goodbye.

“I wrote it at the end of 2019 when we were gearing up for the release of ‘Every Bad’ and I felt like a lot of things were coming that I wasn’t sure I knew how to handle. The song grew out of a feeling of intense loneliness and being unprepared for what everybody was promising me was about to happen – and a strong desire to escape without knowing what I wanted to escape to.

“To me there’s a huge feeling of catharsis in this song, of letting go and letting it sweep you away.”

Watch the first track’s video, directed by Dana’s sister Ella, below, alongside the artwork and tracklist for ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’.

1. ‘Back To The Radio’
2. ‘Trying’
3. ‘Birthday Party’
4. ‘End Of Last Year’
5. ‘Rotten’
6. ‘U Can Be Happy If U Want To’
7. ‘Flowers’
8. ‘Jealousy’
9. ‘I Hope She’s OK 2’
10. ‘Splintered’
11. ‘The Rip’
12. ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’

Porridge Radio – 'Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky' artwork

Following the release of the new album, the band are set to head out on their biggest UK tour to date, which features a London show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Before that, they’ll head out on a short instore tour on the album’s week of release.

See the full list of dates below, and pick up tickets from 10am GMT tomorrow (February 23) here.

MAY 2022
20 – Manchester, Piccadilly Records
22 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (Crash Records)

24 – London, Rough Trade East
25 – Brighton, Resident
26 – Bristol, Rough Trade

20 – Sheffield, Foundry
21 – Southampton, The 1865
22 – Exeter, Phoenix
24 – Nottingham, Metronome
25 – Bristol, Trinity Centre
26 – Cambridge, Junction
28 – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
29 – Manchester, Academy 2
30 – Leeds, Irish Centre

1 – Brighton, Old Market
2 – Brighton, Old Market
3 – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire