Manchester based newcomers Porij have fast become a familiar name for those of us amongst the city’s current scene, and further afield courtesy of early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs and Lauren Laverne - now they for make a wider breakthrough with the seductive, confidence filled new single Dirty Love.
We fired the four-piece some questions with the aim of learning more about their youthful and experimental output and how they came to be.
Tell us a bit about Porij and how long you’ve been making music for?
We met at uni three years ago and started jamming about 6 months in. Then we got offered a last minute gig in Leeds so we had to write a set. And then we were a band.
Talk us through your new single ‘Dirty Love’, where did it come from and what does it mean to you as a band?
Eggy: I had to write a song for a deadline at uni and somehow this came out. I was pretty stressed at the time so I wanted to distract from my real life. This led to me imagining this weird toxic cult reigned by a freaky Queen. She rules over her people by weaponising her love. I wanted to write something captivating but unsettling and I think Dirty Love is the epitome of that sensation.
Band: It’s probably the fattest, filthiest version of our sound yet. We like it.
How do the majority of your songs come together? Are your influences often similar or are they constantly changing?
It’s changing all the time. We all produce, so we make beats, bring them into rehearsals and try and play them live. It’s super fun, but every single song seems to be a completely different process so we can’t really tell you.
We all listen to different stuff, but here’s what we’re collectively into at the moment: Kano (Hoodies All Summer is incredible), Disclosure (new tune with Slowthai slaps), and Little Dragon (always).
Is there anything you’ve learned about yourselves through making music?
We’re all massively insecure but sometimes when we make music we forget that we are.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
Don’t do pay to play gigs. You can record in your bedroom and get it played on the radio. Don’t master your own music.
What’s it like being involved in the Manchester scene at the moment? Any favourite upcoming artists we should be listening to?
Manchester’s sick. There’s such a huge history of dance music here, so it feels amazing to be able to be a part of it.
There are too many good upcoming bands to pick so we’re gonna take one each:
Jamo: See Thru Hands. Massive through rig.
Tom: KSR’s voice gets me every time.
Tommy: Codex. They slap, the most lush electronic music I’ve seen live!
Eggy: Paige Kennedy. If you’re looking for engaging songwriting than look no further. Can usually be found in a studio or on the hockey pitch.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Every gritty basement in the UK. We’d do a live set and then turn it into club night with DJs.
Rider is just lots of Kinder Bueno’s and Happy Hippo’s.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Kung Fu Panda - if you play 150 over the Oogway Ascends scene, it’s mega spiritual. Or a dream is the junglist scene in Human Traffic. “Got any porij in guy?”
Where are you hoping to be as Porij in a year’s time?
Playing as many shows as humanly possible as soon as it’s okay to. Keep writing enough that an album doesn’t seem so scary. And hopefully we’ll own a van by then.