Porridge Radio's Dana Margolin on how a budget offset and lashings of feedback built their mesmerizing new album

Dana Margolin
(Image credit: Lucy Munday)

When Virginia Woolf lectured about the importance of a room of one’s own, she could have easily been envisaging the art studio Dana Margolin is speaking from today. On joining our call, the guitarist and songwriter of UK indie-rockers Porridge Radio starts twisting the camera, showcasing her latest artistic feats. 

“These are some recent ones,” she begins, offering up some bright Hockney-style acrylics by a pool. “And I made that for the last album,” she says, gesturing at a pastel mood board behind her. There’s also a print of Every Bad – the band’s Mercury-Prize nominated record of 2020 – on the wall; piles of paintings are propped up against a chest of drawers with a vivid orange Octopus sitting on top.

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.