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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | November 25, 2020

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Chat 'Tally-Ho'

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Chat ‘Tally-Ho’
Victoria Jenkins

Perth legends Psychedelic Porn Crumpets just dropped new single ‘Tally-Ho’ and announced a February 2021 release date for their fourth studio album, SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound. We sat down with Jack McEwan for a chat about all of that and plenty more!

New release ‘Tally-Ho’ is the second taste of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets SHYGA! era, following on from ‘Mr. Prism’ and 2019’s ‘Mundungus’ which both garnered widespread acclaim. Having established themselves as a genuine presence within the Australian music scene, the four piece have spent the past year notching up national and international radio airplay, 7.5 million Spotify plays and a steady stream of praise from industry tastemakers.

The Creative Issue: Congratulations on the release of ‘Tally-Ho’! Can you tell us a little about the inspiration for the track?

Jack McEwan: It’s about late night fatigued yarns, good old rambling about something we’re clearly not educated on but dominant in verse. Seems to happen a lot lately, everyone’s an expert at 1am.

TCI: Where did you record ‘Tally-Ho’ and who did you work with?

JM: We recorded the drums with Sam Ford at Tone City. I did the vocals and guitars at home and I think Rish played a solo from his house.

TCI: What’s your favourite thing about recording?

JM: I really like the freedom of writing absolutely anything, not knowing where a song will lead and getting lost for a few days working out riffs, melodies, structures. It’s become my form of escapism which is now a bit ironic as it’s engulfed my life quite quickly. Wouldn’t swap it for anything though, I’m really grateful I can create music while I’m enjoying it.

TCI: Do you have any essential bits of gear you couldn’t live without?

JM: Guitar Rig has become a bit of a go-to piece of software for me, I still don’t know if it’s a good thing as I’ve canned recording amps all together and DI everything now. Wouldn’t mind writing an album with all live instrumentation one day. Again, I’ve got an awful 80’s Japanese mic which I use for all my vocals, I think I’ve got used to a dirty style of production which I’m always being told to change, but I enjoy it. Obviously my Jazzmaster and a Fender P Bass, then mash everything together in Ableton.

TCI: You’ve announced that your fourth studio album, SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound, will drop on 5 February next year. Can you tell us about your process for writing the album?

JM: This record I felt a lot more relaxed writing, COVID has crippled our touring schedule but the silver lining was we got to spend more time recording from home. I’m really happy with the sound we’ve achieved, it’s a glitchy, 70’s inspired rock album that feels like a good day drinking record. I spent the majority of this year walking to the bottle shop at 11am, cracking a beer and writing all day. I’ve always liked trialing with substances to see how they affect what I can create, a bit like a method actor to get into a role, so this album is very much alcohol based. I stuck with the positives and addressed the excitement, that blurry euphoria of a tipsy come up while keeping the energy levels as high as possible, hopefully it comes across well for the listener. Could just be a drunk mess.

 

 

TCI: Your songwriting and instrumentation is always captivating. How do you feel your songwriting has evolved since your first full length release back in 2016?

JM: I don’t even know if it has gotten any better haha, I feel like I’m more comfortable at structuring a song now, shaving off the unnecessary extended jams but some people really enjoy them. So I’m kind of in two minds about where my writing should head. I feel like I’m starting to define my style a bit clearer, but then that’s never a good thing as you’ll get stuck in a loop of repetition, I think I just need to keep continually evolving and making new music, whatever genre, whatever instruments, as long as it’s fun and uplifting.

TCI: We understand that the new release ‘Tally-Ho’ and last year’s ‘Mundungus’ are two of the tracks that have made it onto your forthcoming album. How do you decide what tracks make the grade and which get left aside?

JM: That’s the hard part. I always have a notebook in front of me where I’ll write down the track listing over and over, trying to piece the album together as I want it all to sound like one cohesive journey rather than a group of songs. There’s so much music that gets left out which I would have loved at one point, but the sad part is that most songs will live for about a week and then I’ll never play them again. I never like recycling old tracks as if it’s not good enough for one album, it’s probably not going to work on the next one. Could put out a gigantic B-sides album one day but that seems like a backwards step.

TCI: You’re widely known as an incredible live band and you spent a lot of 2019 touring the world and playing incredible festivals. Unfortunately 2020 has not been a great year for making touring and festival plans. How excited are you to get back on stage, especially with new tracks like ‘Tally-Ho’ to show off?

JM: Yeah that’s going to be a glorious day when we can announce a tour again, getting back on the road and meeting strange people. There’s nothing we want more!

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