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      September 20, 2019

      Friday   9:00 PM

      1135 13th Street
      Boulder, Colorado 80302

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      Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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      When you think of a typical English fete, you think of coconut shies and Punch & Judy puppet shows, children tearing around laughing and little old ladies selling homemade hams with smudged labels. The idyllic picture hardly seems like something that would inspire the concept of an album by an Australian psych rock band, but then Perths Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have always been hard ones to pin down. On their third album, And Now For The Whatchamacallit, the four-piece take that very British image and reimagine a 1930s small town fair for the future, twisting the wholesome giddiness and mirth of such events into a madcap adventure that feels like a ride you dont want to end. It was inspired by a documentary about Woburn Sands, the English town frontman Jack McEwan grew up in. It felt like a homage back to home, explains Jack. That idea felt like I could write about these old times but give it a twist of the future, like what people back then would think it would be like. With the theme emerging a few songs into the writing of the record, the band decided to embrace the nostalgic happiness associated with it and write the most fun things we could think of. Fun is perhaps an understatement when it comes to describing And Now For The Whatchamacallit, which sprints through thunderous, wailing fuzzy rock (When In Rome), sitar-led lysergic voyages (Native Tongue), and stomping psych-pop (Bills Mandolin). The latter was written in honour of a mandolin Jack was given on the bands last UK tour, which became an inanimate observer of all sorts of capers, the likes of which informed the records songwriting. Tour lends itself to creating the kind of experiences you can fill an albums worth of stories with, according to Jack. With nights not able to get properly started until after the shows finished, youre more likely to meet the quirkiest people or the ones who are still awake or buzzing, or on magic potions of sorts.Recorded largely in Jacks bedroom (with some parts recorded at Perths Tone City Studios), And Now For The Whatchamacallit arrives as a more concise, thought out missive than its predecessors, 2016s High Visceral Pt 1 and 2017s Pt 2. I wanted to stray away from the 10-minute jams when writing the songs on Whatchamacallit, says Jack, explaining that this record taught him he likes writing shimmery songs.The album starts with a call to keep the party going on the infectious Keen For Kick Ons. If you kick on in Australia, thats when you go out after and carry on drinking, Jack explains of the slang title, adding that it could be written about every time we go to the pub. Social Candy, meanwhile, builds into howling psych as the frontman narrates the experience of when youve taken too many fun tablets, youre absolutely fried, your brain cant handle it, and youre like, Why is that rabbit talking to me? And then theres album closer Dezis Adventure with its plinky-plonky organ sounds, thats meant to feel like the closing of the circus curtains. While And Now For The Whatchamacallit largely takes you on a trip through nights out, its final song is more like a tour through Jacks own life - or at least his most recent years. I transitioned from working on a building site to going three years down the track and travelling around the UK as a band, he explains. Its a completely different world so Dezis is almost that adventure and carrying on with tour. It sounds like me peering out of a window from a 20-year-olds perspective but seeing everything happening right now. Rather than a memory, its a forward memory. As well as tons of punchy songs that make you want to get on their level, the album is also home to some experimental instrumentals, like the heavenly Fields, Woods, Time and the warped noodling of Digital Hunger. Intended as transitionary tracks, theyre placed at points of the record you wouldnt necessarily expect an interlude. I wanted that element of wonder and whats gonna happen afterwards, Jack says. Youre intrigued to listen a bit more to see where it goes next. After starting out as a project for Jacks uni course, the last four years have taken the band - completed by guitarist Luke Parish, drummer Danny Caddy, and bassist Luke Reynolds - on an unexpected but brilliant journey, winning over fans across the globe with their exuberant live show and inventive, unpredictable songwriting. Where Psychedelic Porn Crumpets themselves go next from here is anyones guess.

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