Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

comments . . 08/01/2018
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I often have the thought in reminiscence of 2017, that with the benefit of hindsight, this year and likely the wider decade, will be remembered as a return to the psychedelia of the late 60s early 70s. It will be similar to people of our generation making comments like, “I wish I was around for the 70s”. Psych rock, thanks to the likes of Tame Impala, has escaped from the underground bars and second rate tents of festivals to the world stage, recognised and revered.

A level back from here, you have the whirlwind force of King Gizzard releasing 5 albums in a single year, touring the world over, its members playing in side bands, running their own label Flightless and curating/touring their own DIY festival, Gizzfest. HOW THE FUCK.

I honestly think what they have achieved in 2017 will be looked back upon in utter awe.

Another Australian band blazing the path of psychedelia and DIY is the outlandishly named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, a 4 piece hailing from Perth. They’ve only been playing together since 2015/2016, having released a few LPs and a recent b-sides album, to which they also toured. Kayla and I made the drive down to see their show over the XMAS-NY period and it was fucking dope. I was honestly expecting a little more mellow, but right from the get go, it was a riff filled pit of energy. Think the pace, tone and vibrancy of King Gizzard mixed with the soundscape, obscurity and dazzle of POND, although a bit more raw, a bit more VB, a bit more local pub vibe.

It certainly took me by surprise. The dudes have also set up their own label and recording studio, as well as organising and playing at their own mini-festival, ‘Dr Noggin-Floggin & The Cosmic Toothbrush’.

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From the sounds of it, the dudes all seem well grounded and super genuine. This is frontman Jack talking about their recent touring, “We went to Tasmania. We went everywhere around Australia. We started off in Adelaide, that was nuts. We didn’t realise but it was Four-Twenty and apparently Adelaide just hell get into the spirit of the ganja. So everybody was just literally throwing joints around and it was just this mad party. That was a great way to kick it off, it was packed out. We play Sydney next. Melbourne. In Wollongong, we played Rad-Bar. That was insane. It was an eighty-capacity room and everyone was just nuts. Then, Byron, that was hell cool. But you don’t feel cool enough to be in Byron.”

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My prediction is that these guys will steadily rise to the same level as King Gizzard, with festival shows, international interest and maybe a bit more solid and consistent airplay on the Js and other community stations, all the while fuelled by their live shows.

If they play near you in the future, don’t be a chump, go along and support local, live music.

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