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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

LIVE: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets @ YES

WORDS BY EMMA DAVIDSON

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets aren’t the usual sunny side of Warburtons or in-fact, the first thing you’d want to hear in the morning. The Perth quartet brought their melodic, intricate music to YES’ sold out Pink Room for an evening of hairy fun with their very hairy following. Lit by the neon hue’s of the peony walls, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets tore through the venue, transporting us to the cosmic realms of outer space psychedelia.

The Mysterines were first up, bringing their messy L7 inspired punk rock to an audience already fully immersed in the energetic elegance of frontwoman Lia Medcalf. The Wirral trio’s pissed off psych-rock rattles the chests of onlookers and Lia’s growling vocals are somewhere between Courtney Love and Bonnie Tyler, contrasting the dainty tiara she has placed upon her head. They manage to effortlessly disperse the crowd into a flurry of 1970’s punk pogoing through their song Hormone that emits a natural anarchy and is the perfect pre psychedelia stretch. 

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have managed to stuff the sold-out crowd in like a removal van transporting the old to the brand spanking new. Their trippy, Dragonforce-esque riffs paint the room in kaleidoscopic colours that disperse the crowd into full head-bang mode sending arms flying and bodies hurling into each other. The sound tonight isn’t the most dazzling but distorted guitars can get lost in a such a small space. Their intricate melodies may be missing in the waves but the audience are now starting to surf each other so I guess no one else has noticed.

 

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The band glide through trippy tacks such as Cornflake, a song that almost diverts into the speed metal genre lead by the likes of Judas Priest and would be a certain expert challenge for any guitar hero fanatic. They’re a band of very few words but Psychedelic Porn Crumpets manage to keep the room in the palm of their hand for the entire evening like a weird exorcism overseen by the true priests of Aussie psych-rock. The band’s newest single Keen for Kick Ons is met with the response it deserves and rounds of the evening, as calm is restored across the venue everyone is left feeling like they’ve possibly had the best acid trip of their life.

Their mind-altering music has been the perfect match for Manchester tonight. Even though their sound seemed to be a little drowned at times, the energy of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets is no force to be reckoned with. Just sit back and absorb the out of this world sensation that requires nothing more than a sterling head of hair and a back catalogue of trip inducing tunes. 

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