PERTH band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will play the Astor Theatre as part of their whirlwind global tour.
The tour has been a big hit with queues to seem them at the Great Escape Festival in England stretching around the corner, and their gigs in Los Angeles and New York quickly selling out.
To top things off, BBC Radio 1 has been playing the group’s latest single Bill’s Mandolin, from their new album And Now For The Whatchamacallit.
The Psychedelic Porn Crumpets were midway through a gruelling run of 14 European shows in three weeks when the Voice caught up with frontman Jack McEwan.
The band members were on a high, but the fast pace was taking its toll.
“It’s been pretty mad; we hit a wall last night in Belfast, I couldn’t remember how we got here,” he tells the Voice, adding the gig in Glasgow the previous night had been a blast.
Despite the schedule, sleep wasn’t on the agenda and McEwan was heading off to visit a castle, pumped by a great reception from the Belfast audience.
“Now I’m feeling pretty good. You get a spike of adrenalin,” he says.
The band are back in Australia for a couple of weeks to play shows in the eastern states and Perth.
“We have a day for flying and then a show in Adelaide,” McEwan says.
The unrelenting pace continues with five shows in Australia, before they head back to Europe, the UK and Japan.
The group’s fast paced music harks back to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, and Bill’s Mandolin is a Sergeant Pepper-style tribute to the mandolin McEwan’s UK grandad gave him during their tour last year.
Fremantle-based Chris Young (POW! Negro) became the fifth member of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets prior to the global tour.
The band’s name came out of a uni marketing project on branding.
McEwan wanted something with crumpet in it, and porn was added to the mix: “And psychedelic sums us up,” he says. “It’s a bit eccentric, and out there, and it stuck.”
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are playing at the Astor Theatre in Mt Lawley on June 21.
by JENNY D’ANGER