And now for the long-awaited third album from Psychedelic Porn Crumpets… ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’.
After selling out their last Australian and UK tours and receiving global recognition for previous releases, the Perth band and their undeniably epic psych sound have taken the music scene by storm.
Their new LP takes the listener on a psychedelic journey, chopping and changing between sky-high riffs and elaborate vocal layers. The album is a culmination of experiences from the last few chaotic years for the band - a testament to the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ unrelenting, vivacious attitude and hungry approach to music. The energy captured on the album undoubtedly mirrors that of the band’s live presence.
Song five ‘Native Tongue’ includes an enticing and engaging blend of guitars, fuzzed out melodies, and swirling vocals, while ‘Social Candy’ features an urgency in lead vocalist Jack McEwan’s lyrics and maintains a constantly switching pace for its four-minutes-and-20-seconds duration. The line “Commence ignition for face control” around the 3:54 mark hits hard.
The wailing guitars, heavy rhythms, and off-the-wall lyricism of ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ also demonstrates the dynamic band’s ability to diversify sonically.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets say it best themselves:
“The original concept was to take a 1930’s carnival that had been re-imagined for future generations, a collage of Punch and Judy, Carousels and coconut shy’s that progresses in musical concepts and travels with the listener.
“Then as we started traveling, I was swept off into my own kind of circus, the odyssey of touring life. Large nights out, larger characters, drunken recollections of foreign cities and rabbit hole-ing into insanity”.
The first track of the album, January’s ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ was met with an overwhelmingly positive response for its catchy rhythm and general fun nature.
The kings of blistering psych rock continued to assert their dominance with ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ in April, featuring manic guitar riffs and a trippy interlude. The track was a fitting continuation of pace from previous singles ‘Keen For Kick Ons’, ‘Social Candy’ and ‘My Friend’s A Liquid’. Self-described by the Crumpets as “a sprawling slap of psychedelia, trudging guitars, and screeching vocals,” ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ is an undeniable banger for any rock lover.
‘Hymn For A Droid’, the third song of the LP, similarly slaps you in the face with an insane guitar riff before launching straight into heavy percussion. I can only imagine the state of the mosh when that chorus is played live. One of my favourites on the record.
The lads exhibit their instrumental range in ‘Fields, Woods, Time’. Although slightly more lowkey than the other tunes on the album, the fourth track of the LP isn’t any less of a banger.
Released earlier in the year, the head-banging groove of single ‘My Friend’s A Liquid’ recalls some seriously chilled vibes that are sure to get you in a good mood.
The Porn Crumpets’ signature soaring sound is on full display during ‘When In Rome’, which also incorporates a steady and memorable melody.
‘Digital Hunger’ is the undeniable outlier within the LP, and it could not be more perfect. A much calmer, hazed-out end caps off this masterful blend of sounds and rich psych textures.
The final song of the record, ‘Dezi’s Adventure’, begins with a pleasant bopping noise that recalls an old-fashioned carnival. The uniquely curated musical atmosphere makes the song stand out from any other you’ve heard within the genre.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have an extremely exciting set of Australian tour dates commencing in June, including the incomparable Splendour In The Grass. See all dates below. The band has undoubtably brought their A-game on their third album and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
JUNE 12 | Lion Arts Factory | Adelaide
JUNE 13 | The Triffid | Brisbane
JUNE 14 | The Croxton Bandroom | Melbourne
JUNE 15 | The Factory Theatre | Sydney
JUNE 21 | Astor Theatre | Perth