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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are a four-piece force to be reckoned with. Hailing from Perth, Australia (a place that also birthed the likes of Tame Impala, The Sleepy Jackson and Pond), it’s clear there’s something in the water there that makes for experimental sounds.

Bizarre moniker aside, the band’s output is just as bewildering; quoting their main inspirations as a melting pot of Wes Anderson movies, Monty Python, Tarantino dialogue and strange nights out, PPC’s fuzzy, kaleidoscopic offerings are nothing short of a colourful listen. Alongside their fellow Aussie outfits, it seems they’re at the forefront of an exciting shift in modern music. “It’s cool how it’s almost a genre by itself and there was a big burst of creativity and we all just clicked with that sound.” Says frontman Jack McEwan. “We started off writing songs that would fit in that ‘psych’ realm but then ended up including strings, flutes and ambient drone stuff. Now we’re two albums in, we kinda want to change it up again and emulate a wonky-circus, upbeat energy.”

With a name that was conjured from a mix of a university branding project and a hefty sitting of The Mighty Boosh (“it’s a band Noel Fielding would be in” Jack says assuredly), PPC weren’t content to grab the world’s attention through their peculiar christening and seamless enthralling releases. They also crafted What Reality? Records, an independent label which protects them from the often straining demands of a non-DIY pathway. “Loads of our friends have been shafted by labels so it seemed like a step forward for us to keep control of our assets. To be 100% in control of that helps us create better music; we don’t have funding so all of us still work day jobs, but that’s the music industry – we’re used to noodles.”

musicians are some kind of sonic engineers shaping energy waves and changing the resonance of rooms around the world

Discovered through the magic of online streaming sites such as Soundcloud, Jack’s pragmatic about the music industry’s digital turn. “We owe a lot to Spotify. We’ve only got picked up on radio late this year so a lot of what we were being noticed for was our live show. I think it’s good though, people have dropped charts or magazines, controlled media sources and are finding music themselves. We have access to every piece of recorded music throughout history in our pockets so if you’re creating good music, it will find people. Shit artists will be called out and the million dollar PR campaigns are useless, good music’s the only winner.

“I like the fact that you’re creating something completely brand new, in the 13.8 billion years the universe has been swirling your little song is only hitting ears now. It’s a nice feeling, like musicians are some kind of sonic engineers shaping energy waves and changing the resonance of rooms around the world.”

About to embark on a UK tour, PPC pay their first visit to Newcastle’s Cluny on Friday 22nd February. “My Dad’s a Geordie so it’s a bit of a dream to play in Newcastle. I’ve been a Toon fan since I could walk so I’m really looking forward to this one!” Jack enthuses. And finally, if you’re wondering what a Psychedelic Porn Crumpet looks like? “Old Greg.” We wouldn’t have expected anything less.

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