Album Review: Psychadelic Porn Crumpets – And Now for the Whatchamacallit

Aussie band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets return with their third studio album And Now For The Whatchamacallit. If this band’s name alone wasn’t enough to get your attention, then the first ten seconds of the album should do the trick.

The opening track “Keen For Kick Ons” has a punchy intro for your ears, which starts with a dreamy whisper of the title followed by a singular guitar before a barrage of instruments kick in and the song really gets going. With its distorted crunchy sound and lyrics all about a mad night out it’s a riot from start to finish. The tunes don’t stop there, each song brings an element of fun and excitement. The band use many different styles throughout the album with each song having links to one another, but simultaneously not sounding like the same song over and over again. There are hints of rock, glam and alt rock, particularly in songs like “Hymn For A Droid” and “When in Rome”, as well as loads of (as the band name would suggest) psychedelia. Whilst psychedelic tones can be heard throughout the album the prime example of this would be “Native Tongue”.

If looking through a kaleidoscope had a sound, it would definitely go a little something like this song.  The album itself takes inspiration from a British 1930’s funfair but also the life of the band when touring; late nights in strange cities and meeting eccentric characters in the drunken early hours of the morning. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the entire album screams fun. It’s fast, loud and excited like running around the funfair with all the rides lit up playing carnival music.

The album itself is like a fairground ride, upbeat at first then slowing down only to take you back up again. When it reaches its first interlude “Fields, Woods, Time” a calming purely musical track, it throws a curveball at how the album has been sounding so far and leaves you wondering what will come next.

Like a rollercoaster, the album brings you up and down before it reaches its end “Dezi’s Adventure”, which sounds like riding on an old carousel when night falls on the funfair and its illuminated, calm and immensely warm feeling. This song is the perfect closer to the album, it wraps up the fun with its melodic tones and unmistakable carnival sound that is left to play out alone at the end of the song and slowly fades away marking the end of this wonderfully peppy album.