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INTERVIEW: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Interviewed by: Jasmine Uitermark

Image Credit: J’amie Fazackerley


What’s the most important aspect of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Do you guys have mad jam sessions, unique skills?) Tell me what means the most when it comes to being in your group.

Clarity of vision definitely. Having everyone on the same wave and placing perfection in a category we’ll never reach makes us all strive past our expectations individually and reach a new level collectively. We’re really a five piece, the music is obviously the finished project but truthfully all of us just want to be creative, a band is an interesting platform but it’s only one area of creative expression, eventually we want to extend that boundary and see how far we can push our music. Right now in this present frame of mind, sound is the focus and we’re trying to have as much fun with it as possible. We recently started to rehearse at the Little Wing Corner Gallery, so jamming in a space covered in artwork by some of Perth’s greatest paint crafters is nek. If you spend too long in there you’ll probably cut your ear off.

Sum up each of your band members in one sentence, including what they bring to the table.

Ray ray: The offspring of a metronome with an acacia plant, wizard rhythms.

Danny: Was hit by buddy rich’s drumstick shrapnel moments after birth, the vic firth shard had been lost in orbit for forty years before descending to the caddy residence.

Rish: Holds the world record for furthest panned sound when he wired up one speaker in Ottawa and the other in Auckland. He mixed the recording in a tinnie boat off the coast of Fiji.

Jack: Makes a decent pot of earl grey.

What drink describes your sound and why?

Water, because there’s nothing purer [laughs]. No, I’ve always thought our fuzz tones taste like strawberry clouds so a drink that might reflect that could be some fizzy fruit space cocktail that you sip and go “shiiiiit that’s strong” but simultaneously enticed by the flavour.

Favourite track you’ve recorded? Why was it the favourite?

Denmark/Van Gogh and gone. The song emerged from a messy holiday down south and has been in the works for a couple of months. It’s now finished and we’re looking for an attractive, unhinged, yet tendrilled girl to feature in the music video. If this sounds like you hit us up.

What kind of process are you going through at the moment preparing for your debut album? Is there a spectrum of material or is it centred around one theme?

It’s all based around entropy and unrehearsed quantum states of thought. The theme is to keep things energetic but flow back and forth between emotion fed transitions that balance out the heavier vibes. We want the album to travel with the listener without losing its grip, keep minds floating along with varying timings, rhythms, vocal and instrumental patterns and try to throw a new flavour onto your palette. The main focus is ‘what is everything’?

You know like how we are here at one point and will only experience life at this moment but it’s infinite so we’ll never truly understand what’s going on. That sporadic freedom is what we’re really trying to push across, something that can be listened to from start to finish and even after the fifth/sixth time of listening hopefully pick out something new and interesting that might have been missed previously.

What’s your most memorable fist pump moment whilst in the creative music zone?

Making Luke Reynolds wear a dress at the King Gizzard gig. I would.

Favourite gigging experience so far?

Playing with King Gizzard because we’ve all been teen girlesque fans since they emerged. Meeting them was like shaking hands with Vishnu. We all sat and watched them rehearse before the show as we were going to have a soundcheck, it ended up us sitting in absolute awe with this insane visualiser starting up behind, piece by piece the sound coming together, lights being tested, vocal effects tampered and slowly the bass volume rising to a head nodding swirl that eventually had all of us hammering our knees and jiving along. It was amazing, one of those life inspiring moments.

What is the band most looking forward to at the Big Splash Heat #3 on the 18th at The Odd Fellow?

Setting a new benchmark for ourselves hopefully, being able to say that was the best show we’ve played and regardless of the result know we sonically packed that room with what we love to do. Exchanging conversation with new faces and of course hammering back the ale.

If you could go back in time which artist would you most like to collaborate with?

Salvador Dali just to see if he digs the crumpets. He’s an insane surrealist savant so to bring something fifty years from the future to an already innovative and radical mind, play him a snippet of 2015 while sharing a slab of Emu and fire ideas at each other until someone’s clock melts would make us all cry. Also to exchange knowledge with a character of such brilliance and tell him time travel is possible should make any man’s cortex bend.

Shout out to your favourite Perth bands at the moment!

Ahhh way too many but Mugwump and Red Engine Caves foooo shoooo. Both bands are of outlandishly lucid body and mind and project greatness that is undoubtedly otherworldly, one that Perth will struggle to contain.

Have a listen to their track ‘Cubenis Lenses’