GIG REVIEW: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets stake their claim on the UK and with the experience they bring they will not be going away! With support from The Mysterines at The Green Door Store, Brighton 26.02.2019.


Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

With two faultless albums, live shows that come with unanimous approval and adding new BBC faves The Mysterines in support, it is with little surprise that Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ first gig in The People’s Republic of Brighton is sold out; The Porn Crumpets are a band made for this city.

The Mysterines

Earlier in the day The Mysterines were announced as part of the BBC 6 Music’s Introducing Fringe Festival, building on the already well-deserved hype about the trio. News had spread and by the time they took to the stage the crowd was an extremely healthy size for a support act with only 2 singles.

‘The Mysterines’ take… [on] big riff rock ‘n’ roll is to a level unheard of from most acts throughout the world’

The Mysterines’ take on guitar/bass/drums 3-piece big riff rock ‘n’ roll is to a level unheard of from most acts throughout the world let alone a bunch who are basically still kids. In every way our team in attendance (and probably the crowd) thought The Porn Crumpets were going to have a hard job to follow The Mysterines (The Crumpets aced it, more on that later).

All three members of The Mysterines have the quality to be a frontman in their own right with  magnetism that literally draws you into the stage. At the back of the stage thrashes Chrissy, a teenage Ginger Baker-esque drummer blasting his drums with the ability to be the powerhouse but also the precision to stand him apart from just being another drummer like Animal from The Muppets. During one particular ferocious point Chrissy chose to flip his drumstick using the large end to assault his rhythm on our ear drums. Continuing this unmistakable rhythm section was Rickenbacker wielding George, who tragically through age may well end up resembling Lemmy if he gains a few inches of height and facial warts. With his legs astride and his hair draping his face, he relished in his audience at all times and at one point leant back one arm away from the bass aware of the power his sound brings. Lia, heading the band on guitar and vocals, commands the stage with self-assuredness and ability whilst sprinkling (or maybe glistening with her glitter platform shoes) femininity with her bold makeup look and tiara. Lia is a frontwoman that men will admire but fancy and women will desire to be like. Lia has the potential to become a strong woman to front our changing gender roles in society. Get your tickets now to their April/May tour, if you miss them on this tour you will not see them in a small venue again.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

‘[Psychedelic Porn Crumpets] were note perfect [live, but] we need to talk about the unreplicable experience Psychedelic Porn Crumpets bring on tour.’

By the time Psychedelic Porn Crumpets arrived on stage the venue was literally bursting with all manner of characters ready to not just listen to the band but join in their experience, and join they did. The band were note perfect. If you want to know what it sounded like check out the record and even better get to a gig… now we’ve got that out of the way we need to talk about the unreplicable non-drug induced (I think) experience Psychedelic Porn Crumpets bring on tour. Whether it’s calling out the audience names of Aussies The Crumpets know live in Brighton to find out if the audience know them as well (like a tannoy call for a lost child in a supermarket), the band letting arms/bodies bow over onto the stage perfectly replicating the Waynes World ‘We’re not worthy scene’, stepping aside when a fan got on stage to take photos (surely it’d be rude if The Crumpets didn’t move aside on their own stage for random photos) or encouraging writer James Wadsworth to partake in his first ever stage dive; pick your reason – just one of them is reason enough to go see Psychedelic Porn Crumpets every time they’re in the UK!

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Words James Wadsworth,
Photos Simon Clay

Interview coming soon.