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INTERVEW: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets; We Chatted With The Lads On Their Recent Sold Out Tour

Jack of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets live in Brighton’s The Green Door Store.

For the second time in 6 months Psychedelic Porn Crumpets came to the UK for a sold out set of live dates in late March; with their gigs becoming highly anticipated on everyone’s psych gig calendars we were lucky to not only head down to see what it’s all about but Jack shared a chat with Underscore Part 3’s James Wadsworth.

How are you? Hows the tour going so far?

Hi, I’m Jack and I play guitar and sing. It’s been going brilliant, very, very swell!

It seems for the past few UK tours a high proportion of your dates sell out in advance which is something we feel happens because you don’t just play the songs you put on an experience; can you tell us about your live shows?

Lots of energy, that’s what we try and bring and if we’re hitting our notes it usually goes to plan and that kind of builds and we like to build our sets. So, from start it we bring in a heavy song to get it all going but end with all the bigger bits so that way it can just take off, you end up with hats and shoes flying.

What differences can you tell us between touring the UK/Europe and Australia?

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I suppose in Australia everythings spread out so you have to fly everywhere and there’s only 4 real major cities you can play whereas in Europe and England you get in a van and it’s city, city, city.

We need what on talk about what on earth is going on in Australia; first tame impala, then king gizzard and now you guys, Australia is a massive country so what is bringing out the psychedelia in you all?

I think once people get a good idea it trickles down and people just want to build on that idea and once there’s a window for it, it just clicks in that [Australian] culture. We were talking about how psychedelic music is really expansive because it’s really experimental so you can progress further; you can push it anywhere.

Whilst we’re on the Australia topic do all Aussie psych musicians have like band banter to come up with so outrageous band names, king gizzard and now you guys, what on earth is next? Can you think of any other rad bands that you’ve heard a long the way?

Crywank, umm Fat Man Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt was a good one, it’s a kind of absolute nail on the head band name. We need a list.

Your last album was named High Visceral. Pt 2. Which opened with the track Nek featuring the lyric ‘It’s no good saving whales anymore, they packed up and flew out their bowls’, this suggests a sort of whale/bird hybrid creature; if you mutated 2 animals together what animals would they be and why?

If you’re trying to think of purpose of what you could do with it if you could have an elephant with an eagle that could fly you could ride it anywhere and you could bring your whole family along.

We have the new single Keen For Kick Ons? and you’ve previously released High Visceral Pt1 and Pt2. Which leads us to assume Pt3 will be coming soon? Unless told otherwise by you, we’re going to assume its going to called High Visceral Pt3.? Tell us all the details you can about it?

We listened to the final mixes yesterday and we’re going to get it mastered next week [by the end of February] and that will be ready for release by late May.

When will we next catch you in the UK?

We’re coming back definitely in May for The Great Escape [Festival} and a couple more shows. We’ll be going to Scotland on the next tour because there was big backlash, or at least one angry Scottish man.

In the press release for Keen For Kick Ons? You explained that the song is about Keen For Kick Ons? is about those fruitful days working at a pub. I got fired for getting trollied at an open mic night trying to sing Queen. That seems a pretty harsh reason to fire someone, what were you like as a barman? And if I was to buy you a drink right now what would I buy you?

It was a live music venue in Scarborough but after a while you just join in the night or I thought it was one of those bars but they didn’t think it was.

We’ve started asking bands for their life hack or top tip on anything they want, but after lots of crowd surfing on your tour we’re asking what is your top tip for crowd surfing?

Watch your teeth! Bring a gumshield! Or bring inflatables, we’ve always wanted to throw out inflatables, so you could surf and lay back and watch.

If someone turned up with an inflatable would you let them in?

Yeah of course!

Bands on tour meet other great bands on the touring circuit, who’s your current up and coming faves?

Mysterines [our tour support] had one single out before we heard them and seeing them live they’re amazing, I think they’re pushing that Kings Of Leon sound again coming straight back to rock n roll and it works. Sometimes you hear a really good rock band and you’re like ‘damnit why don’t we just do that’.

Nala from Australia are brilliant, we did a couple of shows with them. Perth have got a great band coming up called Spacey Jane, they’re sort of folk rock but heavier but a bit Courtney Barnett.

Questions: James Wadsworth

Photo: Simon Clay



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