Psychedelic Porn Crumpets // Live Review & Photoset

20th February | Thekla

Photos: Callum O’Keefe

They arrive suddenly, sublimely, on an unsuspecting Wednesday night in February to a sold-out audience filling the hold of the boat. The first night of their biggest UK tour to date kicking off, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets take no prisoners, ensuring the conversion of every last member of the herd in attendance to their mass – if you weren’t already converted by what you’d heard or simply because they have a fantastically ridiculous-sounding name.

Riding the Australian psych-rock wave explosion out of Perth, this four-piece are relative newcomers on the scene, at least this side of the pond, but their penchant for crafting big fuzzy riff-laden psych bangers looks to be pushing them swiftly to the foreground of this revivial.

The band open the set with a couple of heavy, high-octane tunes from the last album High Visceral, Pt.2 as well as last year’s single, ‘Social Candy’, a song which sees a natural progression by the band into a full-frontal sensory mind-bender, laden with melodic guitar illustrations and driven by stomping bass riffs, allowing for the sound to sprawl wherever it goddamn pleases. Like a gleeful succession of happy accidents.

You can tell there’s something special here. It’s not just in the music but in the way the fans return the sincerity of the energy they’re being given. Frontman Jack and co. draw the crowd closer in with their laid-back, friendly exchanges between songs, as if we’re present at their infamous night-long jam sessions back home.

Numbers like ‘Surf’s Up’ and ‘Marmalade March’ further whip up a melodic frenzy with frantic guitars, crashing cymbals and and playful basslines lurching all over the shop. Another crowd favourite is the beautifully dreamy ‘Found God In A Tomato’ which, well, as you can imagine from the trippy title, takes you on a technicolour journey through fuzzed-out muted guitar harmonics, then speeding into a frenetic instrumental rollercoaster before blooming into soaring distorted slides which dissipate for the vocals to melt through. It’s these kind of intuitive jams which really allow a deeper insight into what fuses Psychedelic Porn Crumpets as a band to be reckoned with in their vein of music.

The recipient of numerous knowingly-excited whoops from the crowd as Jack announces it onstage, ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ is the new single, out last month, and it’s proving itself to be a solid anthem for warped youth. Super-strong hooky riffs explode with powerfully scuzzy basslines to keep you coming back with a ridiculous grin on your face and wanting more.

After we unite in song to wish happy birthday to the sound guy, ‘Cornflake’ closes the set and turns up the mosh level in front of the stage to one hundred. It’s everything you could have wanted from a midweek sweat pit and more. Amazingly, Bristol’s own Big Jeff manages to finish off a new sketch he is drawing of the band whilst headbanging throughout. It’s pretty awesome to see; the music we listen to directly stirring and cultivating the spontaneous creative energy within, each feeding the other. Such is and will be the persisting charm of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Not just a memorable name.

See the video for ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ here: