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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | March 13, 2018

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets End Their Year With A B-Sides Tour

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets End Their Year With A B-Sides Tour

| On 29, Dec 2017

We spoke to Jack McEwan about their B-Sides album and upcoming tour.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have had a seriously busy year. Hailing from Perth and having only been together for two years, the Porn Crumpets have already churned out albums, tours and a festival in Perth last weekend. Dr. Floggin Noggin & The Cosmic Toothbrush is exactly the kind of festival you’d expect them to make. They’ve just released their High Visceral (B-Sides) EP and are playing at the Foundry on December 30th. We spoke to Jack about their show and their accomplishments this year.

The Creative Issue: I’m sure you get asked this all the time but where did the name come from?

Jack McEwan: I was doing a uni project and I did graphic design. One of the projects was to brand a band and I thought I’d come up with something that was kind of out there. The lecturer I had at the time was a bit of a snobby kind of guy. I chose Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and did all the branding for it and he thought it was a good idea. I thought he’d hate it and he said that if I had any music for it, I should put it to it. I did and went home and recorded ‘Marmalade March’ and ‘Cornflake’ and ‘Cubensis Lenses’ and he hell dug it. I showed it to Danny, the drummer, and we just kept it. It sounds ridiculous but our music is ridiculous so it kind of fits. It’s all a bit ironic, kind of like a don’t judge a book by its cover kind of thing.

TCI: There’s a lot of psych rock bands coming out of Perth, why do you think that is?

JM: Maybe the drugs are really good here. I don’t know we’ve got free space to think, we’re not really surrounded by any other cities or any clash of culture. It’s very much like Perth is Perth, it’s this one little dot down the south of Western Australia. You drive 40 minutes about you’re in the middle of nowhere. You’ve got loads of time to think and be by yourself. You can find a better sense of yourself, I think, there’s no cities around you and you can get really carried away in it. A lot of the songs were conceived in a little property in Denmark, the band wasn’t even around at the time maybe just starting. But all the tracks derived from past experiences of just being outside and being away from the city culture. Like if you are stuck in New York, I’d imagine you’d feel pretty claustrophobic being surrounded by people and concrete and buildings. You can’t really escape that but in Perth you’ve got a lot of opportunity to get away. You’ve got more freedom to create.

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TCI: I was reading about what you’ve been doing for the last two years and it’s a crazy long list, were you expecting things to move so quickly?

JM: It was a hobby at the start and then we started to get a bit more traction and we realised that there were people listening and liking what we were doing. We’re all mad perfectionists like we wouldn’t release anything for the sake of it but we have been recording in bands and doing solo stuff. I’ve been doing it since I was nine years old. Just recording and writing. Danny went to WAAPA and so did our bass player. We’re all musically inclined it’s not like we do anything else to sidetrack our minds. Pretty much what all of us do is music. I feel like it’s been slow compared to what we had planned because we have to wait for people to catch up and can’t release this until then and obviously you’ve got to get music videos. I wish we had an unlimited budget that’s another thing. With unlimited money we’d just send people into space to listen to our album or something.

TCI: To top it off, you signed with 13 Artists which is surely going to open more doors, how did that come about?

JM: I really don’t know how it actually came out. We started working with 123 Artists, who are Australian based, and Josh just called me up one day and said this guy Charlie sent him an email and was keen to sign us. I looked at the roster and thought what the hell. It’s incredible. They have pretty much all my favourite bands booked to them and they called us up and said they wanted to get us on the roster and book some shows in England. That was a dream, it really hasn’t sunk in at all because it’s one of those things where it’s happened but it’s still probably a long way off of going to England. It’s not actually a long way off but it just feels like that. It’s one of those waiting things again. Like I’m ready now to do an album and then do a tour. I don’t feel like I’m always busy which is nice. It’s quite relaxing. It’s heading in a nice direction.

TCI: You’ve also started your own label and festival, how have you had time for that?

JM: It’s pretty much what I want to do. It’s my hobby that other people enjoy. People are really keen on things we’re doing and what we’re bringing out, I think that gives you a massive drive to keep doing it. The festival thing was like picking the funniest name and getting all our friends in bands in Perth that we’d played with. It came together really quickly, there’s obviously a lot of work to put it on but I suppose the bigger you get or the more people you know it’s not so much on your shoulders. There’s a team working on it which is easier.

TCI: The new single, ‘Little Moon’, ahead of your next album, are you happy with the response to the single?

JM: Yeah Triple J picked it up and it’s getting a lot of plays around the world. It’s off the B-Sides album. We were saying it’s funny that the two albums we released didn’t get half as much traction and this is the B-Sides which is just getting hammered. Maybe we shouldn’t pick our own songs and get someone else to pick them. We obviously don’t know which ones are the good ones.

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TCI: You’re playing the Foundry this month, how have you been preparing for the shows?

JM: We’ve just been getting the album finished. It’s literally just been finished. The deadlines are ridiculous, that’s probably the most stressful thing, getting it all together. We’ve been jamming and getting a few more ideas of how to connect the set so everything is seamless and the transitions better. Just getting tighter. The rooms are getting bigger so the sound kind of changes and we need to involve a bit more depth into each set. If you’re playing 200 capacity rooms, you can just play one guitar and it’ll sound massive but now the rooms are bigger and the sounds going to evolve and we need to evolve with that.

TCI: Is there any chance of slowing down or is 2018 going to be another big one?

JM: Next year’s huge. We’ll be off to Europe with 13 Artists. We’ve got a big line of festivals for us. I think every other weekend we’re away doing something. We’ve just finished building our own recording studio so when we’re in Perth, we’ll just be there recording which will be amazing.

Tickets are still available for their show at the Foundry next week, you can get some here. Also follow them on Facebook here to get more updates and they, no doubt, keep growing.

THE DETAILS:
What: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets B-Sides Tour
Where: The Foundry, 228 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
When: Saturday December 30th @ 8pm
How Much: $12.75 for GA, $24 for GA + CD Bundle
Website: link to website
More Info: 18+

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