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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will see out 2016 headlining along with POW! Negro, Benjamin Witt, Doctopus, Hamjam and more at the Rosemount Hotel NYE Fiesta. Fancy a bit o’ Crumpet then?

By Bob Gordon

Seemingly emerging from nowhere in 2015 with a band name that immediately demanded attention, Perth psych-rock outfit, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, attracted a devoted following fairly quickly.

“I think it was just real,” says singer/guitarist, Jack McEwan of the enthusiastic response to the band that has since only grown. “We weren’t trying to be anyone else. Things started off as a means to get wrecked and, secondly, play some music to accompany the lifestyle. I don’t think any of us took it seriously until we noticed more people were coming to watch us and we were having to turn people away from shows.

“After we locked ourselves away in various domains to record the first album (this year’s High Visceral {Part 1}”) I think we all realised there was some huge potential for what we could write. It feels like we’ve only just hit second gear in a machine that is going to pump out dozens of well-thought, loved, planned and stressed-over, genre-bending, diverse albums.”

Released in March, to notable anticipation, High Visceral {Part 1}took the band to a new level of profile and appreciation both at home and abroad and set a new creative benchmark for them to build upon.

“I feel like part one was received really well,” McEwan says. “We have had a lot of international album sales and plays which is cool to see. Music is not in its healthiest stage, financially, but it definitely has the biggest reach globally it’s ever had which is perfect for smaller independent bands like us to be found.

“Recording was such a learning curve, we’re all bedroom producers and had our own styles of how we thought everything should sound, or how to record a drum kit, amp, vocals, etc. It wasn’t until mixing the album I really started to learn where we could improve, what we could do differently and how we can attain that huge sound without spending tens of thousands of dollars.”

It’s not all just talk, either. PPC are already well into work on their second album, High Visceral {Part 2}”, and one of the things they’ve done differently is record that the drum tracks with Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studio.

“The results are dinosaur level,” McEwan enthuses, “he birthed a monster. We knew if we got the drums down perfectly and followed it up with a big bass tone the bedrock of the album was complete. Mixing would be 10 times easier and the guitars could be as filthy as anything but still sound massive, layered over Parkin’s beast.

“The songs themselves on part two are impeccable. I’ve worked on about 20 tracks over nine months and cut it down to 10. I wanted to add more flavour into each structure and not have any moments that feel drawn out, or follow your cliché psych rock patterns. It’s not even psych rock anymore, It’s strangely beautiful.”

The first taste of Part 2 was released in early December in the form of a single, Buzz. “It’s our fast hitting scum-funk, Japanese-futurist overly theatrical single that has the colourful details of Wes Anderson mixed with the unnecessary gore and absurdness of a post-2010 Tarantino blood bath,” McEwan offers and indeed, it’s hard to argue the point.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will release another single in February, followed by a national tour in support of High Visceral {Part 2} when the album is released in late April. Meanwhile, the evolution continues…

“I feel like we all consider this our full-time job now,” McEwan says, “even though it’s not where our money comes in from, it’s more our collective project where we can add to the bigger picture. I personally feel my songwriting has grown exponentially since finishing Part 1. I still write a lot outside of Crumpets that will just sit on my iTunes and die with the computer but for some reason trying to convey an entire year’s worth of emotion and experience into 10 tracks for Part 2 has seemed effortless, and it’s by far the best work I’ve ever achieved.

“I’m writing with a different vision for every song and I love how it feels like there’s so much more in the tank. Once I show the others the initial ideas they go through a few changes, mostly adding guitar parts, synth parts, strings and other bits to reach that maximum intensity and to be more an attachment of ourselves that we share with a listener. The album is the overall goal.”

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