2019 is shaping up to be a massive and busy year for Perth’s psychedelic, grunge rock lords with the most unforgettable name ever, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. The guys have already kicked off their current tour playing The Gum Ball Festival on April 25th alongside top shelf performers such as Tex Perkins and Magic Dirt. This week they are off to the UK and Europe then back to Australia to play Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth as well as being part of the epic line up for this years Splendour In The Grass! On top of that they have recently dropped a hot new single, Bill’s Mandolin with a new video. Their album ‘And Now For The Watchamacallit’ is due for release on May 31st. I mean, if that isn’t busy, I don’t know what is! Frontman, Jack McEwan was happy to chat about the new album, the festivals included in the tour and gave us some insight into what the new single is all about.

“When we went over to England, I think it was on our first trip, we went to my Grans house and she gave me my Grandads old mandolin, it’s like a loot thing, it’s a 100 year old guitar. It meant a lot because we used to play with it when we were kids. So, we took it on the tour with us. It didn’t have a case, so the old mandolin came everywhere with us, to every gig, all around Europe, to pubs in Amsterdam. I just had to keep it with me, I wasn’t letting it out of my sight. We took it around Australia as well. It became a crest of the tour, which was ridiculous, so I thought it needs to have a song. I thought, I can’t have a song without it actually in it, so I will write it in somewhere. Then for the video, I told Ollie Jones (who made the Kick Ons video as well) So I kind of told him about how it came about and he was like ok, I am going to do like a metal version of it and it turns into kind of something like a Maiden video, it is hell funny. It is this guy’s drunk quest with a mandolin. It is perfect.”

With the new album being set for release on the 31st of May via What Reality Records and Caroline Australia, we focused on that next. The album was recorded between McEwan’s bedroom and Tone City Studios in Perth. This will be the Porn Crumpets third album, McEwan reflected on the previous albums and how he feels about the new one in comparison to their previous releases.

“I think this one I spent… it was kind of the first time I sat down and actually knuckled out an idea for an album. The first one and two were kind of like us being, I don’t know, finding ourselves as a band I suppose. The second one was themed on the first one, hence it being ‘High Visceral’ Part One and Two. But this one was more, let’s go back to, let’s make something really fun, get rid of the eight minute long epic sort of winding-ness. From song one we wanted it to transition to the last song without even realizing you were getting there in a sense. It picks up in intensity the whole way through. I wanted it to be almost a little journey, but keep it kind of short, because no one really wants to listen to an hour long album anymore. I wanted it jam packed with all the good ideas. I trialled around a lot with guitar techniques and stuff like that as well while recording. There is some stuff that people might be like ‘What the hell!?’ But I think it’s kind of interesting. The idea of it was originally for it to be like a 1940’s fun fair and then work from there, like it travels forward in time. But now it is like a timeless fun fair, if that makes sense. Like you are kind of like at this point but then there is all these rides like some old one, then like a futuristic thing, you can walk around to each stall. It would be good if it was a virtual game. I wanted each song to be like, this is this ride and they are all from different times and backgrounds.”

The Crumpets have a long list of upcoming gigs as part of their album tour, they kicked it off at The Gum Ball Festival in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales last month. We talked about their experience at the festival and touched briefly on Splendour In The Grass.

“It was such a strange experience, the night before we had stayed up, we had to fly at 3 in the morning, so we stayed up and pushed on through. We ended up taking acid before the flight and it was pretty strange, I wouldn’t recommend it, it was weird. Once we actually got to the gig, we were like ‘Oh right, maybe we should have waited until we got here!’ So, we played our set and then hung around a bonfire until the sun came up, so it was like two massive days. Which was really nice, it was like the week ended in a dream and then fly home and back to normal.

Splendour is a big one. I suppose that’s the festival that you’re like sweet, if you get on Splendour, you feel a bit established as a band I suppose. It’s the one a lot of international touring acts would like to get on too I think, it is like the big brother of all Australian Festivals.”

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are seriously as brilliant as their name. The guys are off to the UK to play The Great Escape Festival on May 9th and will tour through the UK and Europe before heading back to Australia in June.