When Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, one of the most vital new voices in rock, began to consider the themes of her 2022 album, three vivid words began to emerge: joy, fear and endlessness. The artwork of the band’s third full-length, ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky’, is a surreal image that evokes the ducks and dives, slippery slopes and existential angst of life in recent times. ‘To me, the feelings of joy, fear and endlesses coexist together’, says Dana. ‘You’re never just happy or unhappy’. Following Every Bad’s release in 2020, Margolin was quickly becoming regarded as one of the most magnetic band leaders around. But if ‘Every Bad’ established Dana’s bravery in laying herself bare, her band’s third record takes that to anthemic new heights. While there are moments of guttural release, she also finds soft power on songs.