ALBUM REVIEW: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – And Now For The Whatchamacallit

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Words by Shannon-Lee Sloane – The Colourful Writer.

Australia is full of hidden musical gems. Brisbane and Melbourne hold a lot of that talent and Sydney too. However, in the last few months, I keep finding Perth bands and musicians that blow me away. It seems Perth is being put on the musical talent map with bands like Psychedelic Porn Crumpets doing their thing. Their perfected blend of psychedelic/grunge/rock is something to be really excited about. The guys have just released their third album ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ which, with a title like that, already grabbed my attention before even listening to it. But the Crumpets are kings of naming things well, am I right? After all, they are the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, I mean if that band name doesn’t immediately grab your attention, I don’t know what will!

The Crumpets are Jack McEwan, Luke Parish, Danny Caddy and Luke Reynolds. Four guys who despite their actual age, seem like very old souls when it comes to their music. Their sound is reminiscent of a mix of bands from the 60’s and 70’s such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd but then blended in with some more recent bands like The Music, Supergrass and any 90’s softer grunge bands you can think of. Whilst their sound clearly takes influence from bands of the past and the present, they really do have a sound that is just theirs and it’s most definitely a wonderful thing to behold.

The album kicks of with Keen For Kick Ons? which was released as a single about 3 months ago with a seriously cool film clip directed by Oliver Jones. The clip is full of brilliant animations and puppets and sees the main actor, Billy Smallman-Köpf playing an old school video game machine and controlling the band members as characters in the game. The concept is cool as hell and their clever film clips are just another reason to love the band. The song is gold, I mean, who isn’t ‘Keen For Kick Ons’!? It’s one of the more catchy, hooky tunes from the album, most definitely one that gets stuck in your head for days after listening to it. A nice light start to the album if you will.

Track two, Bills Mandolin was released last month and is the most recent single from the album. The song was written around the story of a mandolin gifted to McEwan by his Gran that once belonged to his Grandfather. The mandolin became almost a fifth member of the band during their last tour of Europe and Australia, travelling to pubs and gigs and everywhere with them on their journey. The mandolin is featured in the song too. Bill’s Mandolin is one of the most upbeat songs on the album, it’s got a feel-good vibe going on. The clip that goes along with the single sees a drunken quest of actor, Smallman-Köpf after he finds a sword in the footpath while stumbling home, battling beasts and mythological creatures until he finds the mandolin. It’s been well put together and a perfect clip to accompany the track.

Hymn For A Droid kicks off with a hard and fast paced riff that keeps up through the track. There is something about McEwan’s vocal that almost echoes and reverberates through you in most tracks and this one especially. It creates a kind of alchemy and kind of sucks you into a force field or a feeling of being on a journey with the band.

Fields, Woods, Time has a much softer start, almost taking you away on a tropical holiday of sorts. It’s got a certain blissfulness happening. The delicate guitar strumming and softness of this track is really something lovely, it’s only very short, going for 54 seconds and feels almost like an interval in the album. It flows straight into Native Tongue which is also a softer flowing track. In recent chats with McEwan he mentioned he was quite experimental with his guitar sounds for this album and I can hear it from track to track which I love. The echoing vocals add to that dreamy feeling of this particular track.

Social Candy takes the pace up a bit again, super catchy. Then one of my favourite tracks from the album is up next, My Friends A Liquid, the name of this track alone makes me smile. This is the song that seems to get stuck in my head the most from the album. The catchy guitar riffs and light-hearted-ness is delivered perfectly.

When In Rome gets things rocking a bit harder. In a recent interview I did with McEwan, he mentioned the original concept for the album was for it to be like a “1940’s Fun Fair and then work from there, like it travels forward in time…” I feel like if this was one of the rides at the fun fair, it would be one of the darker ones, perhaps the ghost ride or something. Digital Hunger has a bop along feel happening and makes me want to dance around the kitchen while cooking dinner (that’s what I was doing the first time I listened to this track) This one is an instrumental and is full of funk with an effect that sounds a bit like something of digital nature, hence the name I am guessing. The ending sounds like fire crackling as it flows into the final track on the album Dezi’s Adventure. Super 70’s psychedelic rock here. This one is like a pleasant cacophony of sounds all put together to create the final instalment in an album that was a true journey from start to finish and makes you want to take the ride again as soon as it ends.

‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ was released today on What Reality? Records via Caroline Australia. On top of the excitement of the albums release, the Crumpets are also touring globally, through Australia, Europe, the UK and through North America.

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The album is out on vinyl, CD & digital at the usual places – http://psychedelic-porn-crumpets.lnk.to/ANFTW

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Wednesday 12th June Lion Arts Factory Adelaide Tickets
Thursday 13th June The Triffid Brisbane Tickets
Friday 14th June The Croxton Bandroom Melbourne Tickets
Saturday 15th June The Factory Theatre Sydney Tickets
Friday 21st June Astor Theatre Perth Tickets
Sunday 21st July Splendour In The Grass Byron Bay Tickets

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