Mercury Prize shortlisted Porridge Radio packed-out Trinity Community
Centre in Bristol
I was walking to the venue when I dropped my camera in the street. It
shattered into pieces, and I thought “ah fuck.” My mate told me I had better
start praying quick, since we were headed to a church.
Following a very busy year jet-setting around Europe and America – playing
at Primavera, their first American tour, and embarking in a chart battle with
Harry Styles – Porridge Radio are mid-way through their home-coming
2022 UK tour. Flanked by AlaksaAlaksa and Memory of Speke, the Brightonian
band are going from strength to strength.
Trinity Community Centre is a strange venue, in that it’s a church. The
high-vaulted ceilings give space to breathe and radiate the raw sound
around, from pillar to pillar. There’s space to stretch and to think.
A tired crowd packed out the church. Although the crowd was receptive and
positive, it was also clear that there was a sense of lethargy afflicting the
throng. Vocalist Dana Margolin coaxed the crowd into giving way to a mosh
pit, but tired feet seemed to remain static. A Tuesday night in the midst of
the cost-of-living crisis, the crowd had very little more to give, it seems.
Mosh pit aside, bassist Maddy Ryall managed a solid surf across the crowd
mid-way through the set. Later joined by Dana.
Porridge Radio have set aside 30+ tickets for each gig of this tour to help
combat the cost-of-living crisis. In conjunction with this, they’ve partnered
with the Trussell Trust to help families dependent on food banks. The band
seem genuinely kindhearted and politically attuned. As well as this, they
showed their sense of humour, keyboardist Georgie Stott cracking a well-
rehearsed joke “I recently fed my cat… get meowt of here” .. or something
in that vein….
Alaskaalaksa provided a well-deserved introduction, along with fellow
south London outfit Memory of Speke. The whole evening was enveloped
with a slow burning angst, sedated only by how tired everyone seemed. The
haggard state of the economy is being felt in every crack of society; pubs,
clubs and shubz are all threatened.
You can find out more about the Trussell Trust here:
Or take a look at their updates on twitter here:
Words: Skint Larry