New Video: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Releases an Explosive and Trippy Visual Romp for “Hymn For A Droid”

Comprised of Jack McEwan, Luke Parish, Danny Caddy and Luke Reynolds, the Perth, Australia-based quartet Psychedelic Porn Crumpets quickly developed a reputation in their native Australia for crafting enormous riff-based psych rock. Earlier this year, the members of the Perth-based psych rock outfit made their Stateside debut — and they managed to kick ass and take names with a series of acclaimed SXSW sets.

Building upon a rapidly growing international profile, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ latest album And Now For The Whatchamacalit was released earlier this year, and the album which was recorded between Jack McEwan’s bedroom and Perth, Australia-based Tone City Studios finds the band with a huge, arena rock-like sound, which also manages to represent their loftier ambitions.  “The original concept was to take a 1930’s carnival that had been re-imagined for future generations, a collage of Punch and Judy, carousels and coconut shy’s that progresses in musical concepts and travels with the listener,” the band says of the album’s concept. “Then as we started traveling I was swept off into my own kind of circus, the odyssey of touring life. Large nights out, larger characters, drunken recollections of foreign cities and rabbit hole-ing into insanity.” 

The album’s latest single “Hymn For A Droid” will further cement the band’s growing reputation for crafting riff-based psych rock, as the song is centered around enormous, arena rock friendly, power chord riffs and a motorik groove within an expansive song structure. Play this one as loud as possible and rock the fuck out, y’all.

“This track reminds me of a Rhino at full charge,” the band’s Jack McEwan explains in press notes. “I was absolutely cranking it while recording. Pretty sure my housemates didn’t get a lot of sleep the week this was being crafted. The lyrics were based on the end of a relationship, those months you’re questioning where your life will end up and if you’re making the right decisions. You’re almost robotic, ticking along like a drone that repeats the same lines over and over in your head, and then you go out with your mates for the first time in ages, take a bunch of thought juice and everything makes more sense. . I wanted the chorus to come out of nowhere like an instant realisation, confusing at first and then the next time you hear it all becomes way clearer.”

Directed by Ashley Rommelrath and Oliver Jones and filmed by Rommelrath and Gareth Goodlad, the recently released video for “Hymn For A Droid” was filmed during the band’s recent UK and European tour and features live footage from sets in Glasgow, Liverpool and All Points East Festival. And while being a display of a band that has become a force of nature that destroys stages and enraptures fans, it’s a lysergic romp, thanks to animation from Oliver Jones that turns guitars into beasts, moshing fans into skeletons and so on. Live shows can be a furious, sweaty and joyous endeavor and this video accurately captures that.

The band will be embarking on an extensive tour that includes a run across the UK and European festival circuit, and dates opening for Royal Blood. After a brief few weeks off, the band will embark on a month-long North American tour that includes an October 4, 2019 stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg and an appearance at this year’s Desert Daze. They end the year returning back to the UK and EU with a month-long tour that ends in Paris. Check out the tour dates below.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets UK / EU summer festival dates:
Jul 26 – Leopallooza, Bude
Jul 26 – 28 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
Jul 26 – 28 – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
Jul 30 – Rotondes, Luxembourg
Aug 1 – Poolbar Festival, Feldkirch
Aug 2 – Krach Am Bach Festival, Beelen
Aug 3 – Absolutely Free Festival, Genk
Aug 7 – Oya Nights @ John Dee, Oslo
Aug 9 – Smukfest, Skanderborg
Aug 12 – Caird Hall, Dundee (supporting Royal Blood)
Aug 13 – Rock City, Nottingham (supporting Royal Blood)
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets North American tour dates: 
Sept 5 – The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 6 – Slims – San Francisco, CA*
Sept 7 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA*
Sept 9 – The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA*
Sept 10 – Fox Cabaret – Vancouver, BC*
Sept 11 – Garfinkels – Whistler, BC*
Sept 13 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA*
Sept 14 – Lose Yr Mind – Portland, OR
Sept 15 – Neurolux – Boise, ID*
Sept 16 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT#
Sept 18 – Aggie Theater – Fort Collins, CO#
Sept 19 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO#
Sept 20 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO#
Sept 21 – Lincoln Calling – Lincoln, NE
Sept 22 – Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN#
Sept 25 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL#
Sept 26 – The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI#
Sept 27 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON#
Sept 28 – L’esco – Montreal, QC (Pop Montreal)#
Sept 29 – Great Scott – Boston, MA#
Oct 1 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC#
Oct 2 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA#
Oct 4 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#
Oct 5 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT#
Oct 7 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH#
Oct 8 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN#
Oct 10 – Sister The Bar – Albuquerque, NM#
Oct 11-13 – Desert Daze – Moreno Beach, CA
* w/ Levitation Room
# w/ Meatbodies
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets UK / EU autumn tour dates: 
Oct 18 – Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Oct 21 – Portland Arms, Cambridge
Oct 22 – Electric Ballroom, London
Oct 24 – The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Oct 25 – Band On The Wall, Manchester
Oct 26 – The Mash House, Edinburgh
Oct 28 – Plug, Sheffield
Oct 29 – The Haunt, Brighton
Oct 31 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
Nov 1 – Kavka, Antwerp
Nov 2 – Tower Musikclub, Bremen
Nov 5 – Hafenklang, Hamburg
Nov 6 – Cassiopeia, Berlin
Nov 8 – MeetFactory, Prague
Nov 9 – Exit, Zurich
Nov 12 – Sala Razzmatazz 3, Barcelona
Nov 13 – Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid
Nov 15 – Le Pingouin Alternatif, Arthez de Bearn
Nov 16 – Le Point Ephemere, Paris

 

 

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