REVIEW: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – And Now for the Whatchhamacallit

What did I expect from a band called Psychedelic Porn Crumpets? I thought I’d get a bit of Bis-style pissing about, amateur hour punk rock, maybe, with a schmidge of Ween-y tongue in cheek and at a push some Butthole Surfer-ish noise. But no. Sit up. Pay attention. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are worth your time. Don’t get hung up on the one of the best recent contenders for worst band name (or take it as: here is a band having fun and if fun sounds like something you enjoy, then you might get a kick out of what they do).

 You want reference points? I’ll give you two: Ty Segall and The Black Angels. If you like either or both of those you will get an almighty kick out of this. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets combine the guitar heft you get from Ty Segall when he and his boys are wigging out with The Black Angels ability to fashion sounds that feel like a payment for being a devout worshipper. Then throw in some Tame Impala, throw in some Unknown Mortal Orchestra, throw in King Gizzard and his (also ridiculously named) Lizard Wizard and you’re all set for And Now for the Whatchhamacallit.

 So. Yes. There is heads down rock here. The kind of thing Stephen Wells used to call RAWK. But there are also little transfixing moments (like the blissed out ‘Fields, Woods, Time’) and sweetly dissonant guitar shapes and mathematical drum patterns and vocals that seem to dance around you like a vacant hippy in a field. ‘Social Candy’ could be vintage Sonic Youth. Single ‘My Friends a Liquid’ opens with what sounds like a hand cranked fanfare before unveiling the kind of sunshine-y riffage you’d hear from Cage the Elephant at their best. I’m not kidding – these guys fucking rock.

A surprise then, is what we’re saying. An unexpected and very welcome bolt from the blue. New to us (apologies if you’re a hard core Psychedelic Porn Crumpets fan). But now firmly a family favourite. We guarantee you’ll love it. Go treat yourself. You’ll find you divide your life into time before you were aware of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and time since Psychedelic Porn Crumpets improved things forever. Thank you, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

Words by Pete Wild

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