Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Jack McEwan performing live at Music Hall of Williamsburg in October 2019
Jack McEwan performing live at Music Hall of Williamsburg in October 2019
Background information
OriginPerth, Western Australia
Years active2014 (2014)–present
LabelsWhat Reality? Records, Rhubarb Records, Marathon Artists
Associated actsMeatbodies, Acid Dad, Levitation Room, Nothing But Thieves
MembersJack McEwan
Luke Parish
Danny Caddy
Chris Young
Peter Coyne
Past membersLuke Reynolds[1]

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets is an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in 2014 in Perth. Members include Jack McEwan (guitar and vocals), Luke Parish (guitar), Danny Caddy (drums), Luke Reynolds (bass), and Chris Young (keyboard), who began playing together in "an old horse barn in rural Leederville".[2] Their genre and sound has been compared to that of other popular psychedelic rock bands in Australia, such as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Tame Impala. They have self-described their sound as "an energetic mess of colour and tone".[3] Concerning the reasoning behind the name of the band, its members have given little explanation. The band claims it was chosen at random because they thought it was amusing.[4] The word crumpet may be unusual to some, as it is a traditional English food described in the Cambridge Dictionary as "a small, round type of bread with holes in one side that is eaten hot with butter".[5]

Band history[edit]

The bandmates were friends prior to the creation of the band. It has been suggested that they became acquainted through their mutual drug dealer.[6] The band began initially as a university project for a unit that Jack McEwan was taking at the time.[7] They then continued to make music for their own enjoyment, as well as for that of their young local community in what has been described as “garage rave” type settings.[8] They have made a point of retaining a ‘DIY’ band mantra, recording most of their own songs, as well as aiming to be very hands-on in their own advertisement.[9]

The band went on in 2017 to create their own record label, What Reality? Records. They have made clear that they chose to do this for reasons of "getting stuck into existence, taking a risk, pursuing ideas, setting goals and trying to dream big."[10] The first release on this new label was a twin reissue of both parts of their High Visceral albums.[10] One year after the release of their label, though, the band still had not signed any other musicians due to financial reasons, despite the fact that they still held an ideal vision for What Reality? Records as "a support structure for upcoming bands".[11]

In 2018 came the release of their single, "Social Candy", which was overall well received and led to a brief national tour through October of the same year, passing through Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth.[12] This tour was when the band first introduced the back-up drummer Peter Coyne.[13]

In May 2019, the band played in the UK at the All Points East music festival, at the Victoria Park event.[14] In July 2019, following the release of their album, And Now for the Whatchamacallit, they embarked on a national tour passing through Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, as their hometown of Perth.[15]

In October 2019, the band released "Mundungus", which was described by Music Fest News as "beautifully chaotic and explosive".[16]

On 5 August 2020, the band released the single "Mr Prism".[17]

Musical influences[edit]

The band has been cited saying that some of the inspiration for their music comes in part from classic rock of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and the Beatles.[18] However, they have been influenced by more than just the rock genre, getting inspiration also from experimental electronic jazz.[7] Jack McEwan, the band's vocalist, has also mentioned that their style "is pretty much identical" to that of Pond and Tame Impala, bands that are often viewed to be in the same sphere.[19] McEwan has also stated that he believes Australia, and his hometown of Perth in specific to be a hotspot for rock music, and attributes the growth of the band partially to the live music scene in the city.[20] Besides the Porn Crumpets, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Tame Impala, two of the band's influences, also hail from Australia.[21] Some have give credit to King Gizzard and Tame Impala for creating the current Australian psychedelic rock scene.[22] Many consider psychedelic rock to be Australia's main musical export in modern times, also citing the bands such as Pond, Orb, Gum and more as evidence for this claim.[23][24]

The band is also commended on their music videos, which follow the same trance-like genre as their music, and have quoted a myriad of influences in this sphere such as Monty Python, TED Talks, and Woody Allen.[9] As for the inspiration for the name of the band, Jack McEwan has quoted Mighty Boosh as a partial influence.[25]


  • Jack McEwan

Jack McEwan is the band's vocalist, main songwriter[22] and the member credited with being the main pioneer behind the band. Born in the 1990s,[22] he and the other band members are of the millennial generation. After the release of the band's record label, Jack is the member of the band who told the press that the idea for a record label had been around since the conception of the band, and that its creation was "only a matter of time".[26]

Jack grew up in England, where his passion for music was kindled both by his father and through playing in bands from the age of nine onwards, before the family migrated to Australia at the age of thirteen.[22] He also has a degree in graphic design, which he uses in creating the band’s artwork.[22]

  • Luke Parish

Luke Parish is the lead guitarist for the band. He is also a semi-professional skater, sponsored by Soggy Bones, having transitioned into the sport from surfing.[27] He has been quoted stating that his biggest influence on the guitar is David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.[4]

  • Danny Caddy

Danny Caddy is the band’s drummer. He played with Jack McEwan in a band prior to the formation of the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.[citation needed]

  • Luke Reynolds

Luke Reynolds was the band's bass player.

  • Chris Young

Chris Young plays the guitar/keyboard for the band in the songs that require the instrument.

  • Peter Coyne

Peter Coyne is the band's back-up drummer. He used to be lead but after a wrist injury during his NRL season with the St. George Illawarra Dragons, he was placed into back-up.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details
High Visceral {Part One}
High Visceral {Part Two}
  • Released: 14 April 2017[30]
  • Label: Rhubarb (RHUPPC003)
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
And Now for the Whatchamacallit
  • Released: 31 May 2019[31]
  • Label: What Reality? (WRRPPC008)
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
Shyga! The Sunlight Mound
  • Scheduled: 5 February 2021[32]
  • Label: What Reality?
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected details
Title Album details
High Visceral {B Sides}
  • Released: 15 December 2017[33]
  • Label: What Reality? Records (WR?RPPC003)
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Live Music Awards[edit]

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2019[34][35] Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Live Act of the Year Nominated


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