An epic detour of neon flavoured noise grows to entangle your dissolving brain. Savagely mutant energies bubble through the air. Your body is out of reach, turning itself into a sponge as your mind floats towards another dimension.

A few minutes ago, you decided to throw on High Visceral {part 1}, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets full length debut. It got some crazy review warning you it was a high-powered substance not to mess with, but you thought you would just give it a whirl as you whip together a quick meal after work. Who listens to warnings anyway? Maybe it was the venomous acid-washed hooks or the vivid electric spaghetti staccato that first took hold and began to strangle your boredom but it has now completely taken you over. You can’t bring yourself to turn it off, you have to hear it over again. Lustful syrup fills your mouth, watering for the next track.

Cornflake was the first song off the rank, swooping in filled with an atmospheric fuzz groove as you cranked the stove. You were thinking, perhaps it’s NeoSeventies Revival, or Punk Garage Surf Pop, Tripped Eighties Hard Folk, Drug Soaked Classical? Perhaps just Spaced-out Rock and Roll, but from the time it kicked you realised it doesn’t matter. You were instantly melting; becoming one with the insanity, a combination of wild colours transposed into sound and a firm execution of precision.

You know how bad this is for you but you refuse to turn it off as track two, Cubensis Lenses, bounces from the speakers. Your body is writhing with pleasure as it completes the aeration into full sponge, your mind catatonic, filing with each flicker of stereophonic vibration. It is just too catchy, too new and exciting to stop. Your soul is rupturing into multiple souls, all with their own personalities, all duplicating as they jump around with the song. Driving Persian rock riffs almost have you trapped in the song before it flings you into the next.

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Marmalade March is the soundtrack to a montage of debauchery. Your thousands of souls are now out on main street attracting the attention of every law enforcement agent in town. The strange sponge that your body has become is getting doughy. Guitars are peaking at the end of March, squealing out a raw emotion that you connect with. Everything is going well. You are in the middle of your metamorphosis when things start to slow down. …And The Addled Abstraction Of Being, merges the mood as you lay back, taking it all in.

Title track, High Visceral, erases all discomfort with the world, as the repetitive roadhouse flamenco intricacies give way to a singular jungle blues beat and Surfs Up whams you right in the gizzards before creating a laid-back Latin tinge throughout the verse and rocketing back and forth to jazzy rock as it builds.

All of your millions of souls are bursting back into the kitchen with all of their adventures in tow. Gallop To Southport is the party song they wouldn’t miss for all the world. This is the kind of song that you wish was playing every time your Friday night kicks off. Your weekend starts here!

Your body is now a golden-yellow. Six seconds short of Nine minutes, Found God In A Tomato has you letting go of everything that ever troubled you. And then two minutes in you can smell something baking as the song picks up pace. Who cares, Tomato has your billions of souls floating in an ether of relaxation. Your mind follows the fluorescent darkness into space through a wormhole of carefully laid euphony. Once inside the tunnel of space, second last track, Entropy (which literally means return to chaos; the unsustainability of order) is an experimental fill of soft noise.

Your trillions of souls swarm. They capture your mind, merging into a singular, then plummet back to earth. Your warm spongy golden-yellow aerated dough body is reuniting with this thing that is now mind and soul together. Denmark/Van Gogh And Gone is the final phase, the perfect ending to the transformation. Steady and stoned and spaced and slowly becoming of your new form. You now feel like a Crumpet. You identify with Crumpet. You are a Crumpet. Denmark and Van Gogh is the melancholy that was human and you look back longing to shift through these phases at every available opportunity.

Interview – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Listening to High Visceral {part 1}, from beginning to end, the guitars alone swoop through a constantly shifting assortment of style; jazz, early metal, blues, swing, punk, folk… to name a few. All of which you have blended to create a seamless singular sound that is hard to pinpoint at times. Tell us a little about the furthest reaches of the soundtrack to your lives, the more obscure music that inspired you. Where and how did you become so immersed in such an expansive array of sound?
Thank you. I remember my style of listening changed a lot from when I was studying design, mostly due to the fact I couldn’t focus if lyrics were playing as it would throw off my pattern of thought. So I got into a lot of ambient music, then into Four Tet, Bonobo, onto some jazz hop stuff like Flying Lotus and Free The Robots.

Foreign bands I could listen to as I had absolutely no idea what they were saying so the music and vocals could flow without distraction. Bands like Dungen, Sigur Ros, Sonson were some I played for certain projects but then each design I was handed needed a new band as the style of music was influencing my creativity, so I started categorizing art into musical genre’s and from there forming ideas through multiple mediums.

Then when I’d go record myself I’d reverse that process and try imagine music as building something physical, I would sit for hours constructing guitars, piling on effects until it wasn’t clear what the initial concept was, but over the years I’ve kind of tweaked at it a bit and tried to find gaps where I can layer, sit vocals on, shape if needed.

I think having the freedom to record at home and having access to every instrument online you just get carried away, and also there’s no end to how many tracks you can add, at a rehearsal there’s four guys jamming so we can only play 4 instruments at a certain time, but after a 6 hour melting on Ableton I would have built a Z-Grade orchestra, played bongo’s on the launch pad and then most of the time scraped it all cause the idea is flowing better with a weird riff that was heard in layer 7 at 2:34, then repeat.

It seems the entire Perth rock scene emerging over the last few years owes a lot of inspiration to the sixties and seventies, either directly or indirectly. Music aside, how have the arts of that era shaped or influenced Psychedelic Porn Crumpets?
Well for me it’s all Stanley Kubrick, the man is an absolute genius and an inspiration to any mars-man who’s got a creative passion. He teaches you dedication to an art without boundaries. 2001: A Space Odyssey still holds up even though it’s like 900 years old, he makes art timeless through the arduous persistence of perfection, for the viewer and unaware spectator like myself it’s all gold, but to him because he’s surpassed everyone else he’s thinking so differently about his methods of detail.

Another is Dali, I’ve always been a big lover of surrealist art in the 20’s and how it’s evolution has progressed over the decades, the man is a lord of all things unimaginable and it’s that after thought of madness that lingers for a few days after you’ve witnessed something great that I’m enticed by.

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Your friends in Red Engine Caves had their gig crashed in Sydney by Green Day. I’ve read some wild reports from bands you’ve played with. Mugwump are possibly aliens from the Interzone, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard come across as an intense live act. What is it like being in that kind of environment, surrounded by all kinds of crazy wild creativity? Is there any one gig you have played that has just blown your mind?
It’s great, I love the conversations. Most nights don’t really end they just run out of things to consume and it’s just lucky that the weird ones are good at music, also they’re some of the best people to think with. It seems at first like you’re meeting strange folk from distant lands with eye patches and sparkley capes but it turns out they’re from the same cosmic neighborhood and have been writing, recording, producing there own music since they were 12, it’s great.

The whole scene right now is filled with exceptionally talented DIY gurus who have watched the 200 billion free You Tube videos and taught themselves how to play, record, manage a band. The key these days seems to be not being tailored to one genre, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are the best in the world at this right now, they’ve aloud themselves freedom to grow and have also gained unlimited respect from musicians and music lovers for being crazy good at what they do, I’ve watched them 3 times now and each one has left me shaking.

It just reiterates that people like real shit these days and music creatively is in a boom with bands like Hiatus Kaiyote, Mangelwurzel & Koi Child popping up, real musicians, real players making incredible music.

Photos Taken By – J’aime Fazackerley.

 

You have been described as fiercely independent. What are your thought on what it means to be an independent band in an age where the internet reigns?
Well every band round the world now is in a position where if they have the Internet they can publish themselves, brand themselves, allow their music to be online for however many millions of people and if you’re clever with it you can build a healthy platform which will allow you a lot of success. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard I refer to a lot but apart from creating amazing music, they’ve built themselves a mini empire with flightless and have helped other bands up along the way because of it.

If you’re good people will find you and word of mouth is far more effective than make up and publicity. It’s a new world for music and obviously people can still have careers and such, it’s just the millions of dollars that was being thrown around on albums in the late 80’s 90’s 00’s era is just ridiculous to think now, and good that’s the greed taking over, the ones who are in the game now are musicians and it should be that way, we’re starting to see the rise of the post-modern bands, people are bored of the same soft, no heart albums certain mainstream radios are playing, we want to hear something new, something that makes you want to change your life around cause it’s that inspiring you want to learn how to do it. Labels are great and clearly work but if it’s now possible for independent artists to emerge and still get there music into everyone’s hands one way or another then why not stick with all the control?

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians that are just starting out?
Buy a 4 track recorder or get some recording software and start making music from your home. Jam with as many people as possible and never stick to one style, everyone’s still learning.

Your video for Marmalade March is a brilliant trippy adventure, a paranoid freak-out and exciting explosion of joy bouncing off each other. How did this come about? Was it always planned to be animated?
Yeah we had all spoke about getting an animator for our first video, something a little different that we could stylise and exaggerate further, J’aime found Sam Shields who was fit for the bill and he delivered with an amazing piece. He needs all the credit for that cause I think we just gave him a loose story board and he produced the visual adventure.

We are seeing more and more psychedelic cartoons enter popular culture. Salad Fingers went viral years back. Adventure Time, Regular Show and Superjail! are all now huge, within niche audiences of all ages. What are your thoughts on this trend towards mainstream mind bending?
Yeah it’s a weird one, Luke (guitar player) loves adventure time, I haven’t watched enough to make my mind up but it seems they’re taking over the good old David Attenborough paz sessions. I suppose you can exaggerate a lot more with animation and would cost a lot less to produce an episode, also building a team of talented animators with colourful imaginations seems easier than forking out on a film crew to follow leopards in Mali.

With ever increasing recognition of equality and so many men and women identify with feminism, how does a pop culture word like ‘Porn’ represent your music?
We were actually laughing abut this the other day, our shirts have just arrived and Tim who designed them made the tags read ‘porn’, we were saying that the band is probably desensitising the porn industry if anything, we’ve just got so used to it now.

But I think originally it was in there to stir a few heads, ruffle the establishment the same way our music is a bit in your face at times, nothing offensive obviously, more an intangible digression leading people to suffer in thought from a meaningless conclusion.

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A live presence, a wild performance, is an integral part of rock. Your live shows are filled with energy and the crowds really dig your sets. When you write songs, how much does the idea of playing them live affect the process and structure?
100% of the writing process is imagining the live sound. Now when I write I’ll decide before hand whether or not a song will be a band one or an album track. A band track to play live basically means I’ll come up with a few ideas or a riff to throw around a jam with the boys and we piece the song together that way.

If it’s too mellow but I still like it then I wont show anyone until it’s finished, or at least structured the way I intended. It’s more personal I think, It’s hard trying to strum your heart out without the context of strings or any ambient extras, and most of the time if I have everything recorded then it’s easier to get the idea across before they crucify my sproutlings.

What are the best condiments to smother a beautiful Golden Crumpet in?
HP Sauce all day long.

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10: With the album now out, are there plans to hit the road? Where and when?

Yeah we’re supporting Goons of Doom on thier first tour of WA which we’re all stoked on.
FRI APRIL 8 at Soggybones Perth Store W/Wash + More
SAT APRIL 9 at Margaret River Footy Club W/Wash + More
SUN APRIL 10 at Clancy’s Dunsborough W/Wash + More,

Then jetting off on our first Australian National Tour.
FRI 13 MAY at The Metro, Adelaide
SAT 14 at Bar 303, Melbourne
SUN 15 at Brunswick Hotel, Melbourne
WED 18 MAY at Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
THURS 19 MAY ‘No Refunds’ at Bald Faced Stag, Sydney
FRI 20 MAY at Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast
SAT 21 MAY at Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
SAT 28 MAY at Mojos Bar, Fremantle, Perth
A Dream.

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