Meet the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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What’s in a name?

Picture the scene:

A candlelit dinner, soft lighting, an amusing joke about the state of the nation. This date is going swimmingly and all that is needed now are some tunes just to send it over the edge.

“What are you putting on?” he/she/small amorphous blob enquires.

“Psychedelic Porn Crumpets!” you reply.

And they all lived happily ever after.

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Whatever you think of the music, you have to agree that this band is worth checking out on the name alone! A name that conjures up such exciting possibilities (not in that way!), that the collective sound made could surely only lead to disappointment. A name that sounds like the more adult brother of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now that would be an interesting cartoon superhero movie. However, as much as I would like to wax lyrical and discuss whether crumpets could wear capes and what exactly crumpet porn would entail, let us sit down to some bread and butter.

The Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are baked in Perth, Australia. A psych-grunge rock band who have their debut album, High Visceral Part 1 due out on March 19.  The ingredients of these baked goods are equal parts Jack McEwan, Luke Reynolds, Luke Parish and Danny Caddy. Add some musical instruments and let them settle in a studio until done.

The album consists of ten tracks, clocking in at around 47 minutes. If you feel put off by the psychedelic moniker don’t be. Yes, these tracks have all the psych tropes but are honed in from exuberant excesses. There are no instrumental wig outs flowing over the horizon and into the next universe. It is melodies that are at the fore here, never once is experimentation allowed to smother the tune in any way. That is not to say that the resulting tunes are boring, more that there has been the honing and tightening of a very skilful editor at work. We have an experimental sound with a pop album sensibility.

As the album title implies the tunes have an instinctive quality. There is a high energy feel, certainly not an album you can sit still to. The kind of noise that would have you moving around like a loon as the musical wave carries you along. It is a hair wrecker should you be lucky enough to still be in possession of your own. An upbeat journey of musical exploration. The album contains the two singles “Cubensis Lenses” and “Marmalade March”.  If you need a comparison they sound to me like a mix between the Mars Volta and White Denim, with added echo and that has to be intriguing, right?

So what is in a name? Well Psychedelic Porn Crumpets certainly caught my attention and made me smile and as it happens, the music did too. They are currently on tour in Australia throughout March and May.

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Mark Simpson hails from a small bluey green planet from the Milky Way galaxy. The fourth failed attempt at a daughter by a loving couple that took doctors and nurses so seriously as to actually be them. Brought up on his elder brothers' musical influences of 70s metal and prog rock, he discovered he was a completely different blood group from his siblings, which allowed his ears to wander off in many and varied directions. This did nothing for his looks, but it provided some wonderful sonic sustenance that has soundtracked his life ever since. Although having an ongoing battle with Fate in keeping loved ones on a corporeal plane, he continues to throw words and tunes together in the hope that the mixture should be heavy enough to bruise Fate's foot if they land in the right place.

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