Newcomers Porij – neither lumpy or lukewarm – have a Really Very Good debut EP. We asked them to give us the inside track, in their own words.
Eggy: I wrote the lyrics for ‘Nobody Scared’ after watching a documentary on Netflix about the Yorkshire Ripper. It focused on the Reclaim the Night marches, and it made them remember the feeling of fear of walking home alone at night. The song is about recognising those feelings but addressing the fact that women and girls shouldn’t have to live their lives afraid. The original Reclaim the Night march first happened in 1977, but the fact that we’re still having to protest over the same issues of femicide is shocking, especially as the advice is still the same. We shouldn’t have to take preventative measures in order to be safe; why is no one tackling the issue instead of blaming the victims?
Tom: I demoed ‘Ego’ several times over two years before bringing it to Porij; it’s an attempt to capture the nostalgia in videogame music, particularly Pokemon. As I converted it into a beat, it evolved into a blend of breakbeats, a hardcore inspired synth riff and indie guitar. We then took that two-section sketch in as a band and, through a slog of rehearsals, refined it into a full song.
Eggy: ‘Ego’ is about the moment after a complicated relationship has ended and one person has moved on more than the other. I didn’t want it to feel one-sided, and it was interesting trying to give a voice to both parties.
Eggy: I wrote ‘Divine’ at quite a weird moment in my life. It was in the middle of the first wave of the pandemic when the weather was glorious, but I was trapped inside for most of the day. I was listening to a lot of feel-good indie, like Winston Surfshirt and Cassia, and I tried to make a beat that had that kind of summer energy that people could dance to. It’s funny cos I was trying to write quite a “normie” song, and then I showed it to the rest of the band and said it was very on brand and peculiar, to which I was completely oblivious. It’s got big queer influences with the Grace Jones-esque spoken word sections and bold instrumental. ‘Divine’ came about after a rocky patch in my relationship, and it kind of preaches self-empowerment in a playful way.
Tom: I wrote ‘Can’t Stop’ one night almost two years ago as a way of stopping myself from overthinking. Also, just before I made the beat, I heard this Jax Jones song on the radio (I can’t remember what it was) that was so annoyingly catchy, and I just wanted to make my own version of it so that would leave my head too! So yeah, ‘Can’t Stop’ is a super intense, pretty relentless dance tune, about uncertainty, changing your mind and being completely consumed by your thoughts – but all while having a pretty sick time.
Tommy: ‘Heaven Knows’ is about the start of a relationship, when it’s being kept a secret. I tried to capture the excitement of how sometimes something feels even better when nobody else knows and the intimacy that can bring. It’s got a fun juxtaposition between cheeky instrumentals and lyrics in the verses and then the big, heavy, layered outro. This was an interesting song because I didn’t want it to have an obvious chorus. It was both a liberating song to write, and to perform live.