Interview: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets On ‘Mundungus’, Riffing And Snoring
But not all at the same time…
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The WA shredders are back in Oz for Spilt Milk this week.

Have you been listening to Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ latest tune ‘Mundungus’? We have. Pretty much non-stop since it dropped. The tune’s got everything we’ve come to love about PPC delivered in a tidy three minute package: savage riffery, thumping beats and out of this world lyricism. It hits you with blow after blow of energy to the point that you don’t know which way is up, or which way is down.

Fittingly the track is about the disorientation of life off the road. “Mundungus is the rare post-tour recovery period where all our surrounding friends and family assume we’re crippled with alcoholism, burdened with lives of social estrangement and are far too disillusioned to foresee our self-destructive tendencies,” says singer-guitarist Jack McEwan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdvxIJ3N9Fk

Naturally, we were keen to pin them down and get the inside word on ‘Mundungus’, touring the globe, and psychedelic shredding. Check out our interview with Jack below and don’t miss them at Spilt Milk – if their show is anything like it was at Splendour, you’ll have a proper good time.

‘Mundungus’ is about how you guys feel when you come home off the back of a tour. How do you guys relax when you’re home? Any hobbies that might surprise us?

Feels like months since we’ve actually had some time off to chill out at home. I was writing a movie but my bag got pinched in Manchester with my script in which hurt. Other than that, me and my housemates have a pretty competitive connect four championship ongoing.

You’ve gone for the collage art again for the ‘Mundungus’ single cover. What is it about collages that you guys are so into?

I like how they utilise a variety of different elements, it’s a good mix of old style and flavours that create something new, similar to music and in particular the lo-fi psych rock production.

The track has a bit of a polka vibe going on in the verse which is something we haven’t heard from PPC previously. Can you tell us where that came from? What was the writing process like there?

I’ve had the riff floating around for a while but never had the energy to write it into a full track. Then when we got back from our last Europe tour I was still buzzing so could mould that adrenaline into a heavy rock / Skiffle vibe.

As usual there’s no shortage of PPC shredding. What’s the one piece of advice you hand down to aspiring shredlords?

I don’t really know, just play music you’re comfortable with playing live. I feel much more myself hammering a guitar rather than stuck behind a launch pad but other folks enjoy that stuff. Just listen to strange music even if you like it or not, there’s gems in everything and you’ll evolve as a musician because if it.

The PPC fanbase is growing all around the world. Is there anywhere you’ve played where you’ve been surprised that your music has been so well received?

Yeah Netherlands has been unreal, it’s always the first place in Europe to sell out which is cool, wouldn’t mind going to Amsterdam every year. Japan was amazing, we played to about 8,000 people at Summersonic this year. We thought we’d be playing in some cupboard then we’re launched into a gigantic arena, was mental.

You recently did a KEXP live session, how does it feel to be among those epic bands that have performed on it. Any favourites?

Ahhh man I’m so nervous for that to come out. It was such a great time but the room was boiling, an Olympic pool came out of my head in sweat. Then the great Cheryl Waters was interviewing us while I was part cartoon looking for a towel. Good day though, lovely crew. Hopefully it’s ok.

You’ve spent so much time on the road over the past few years. That’s a lot of time in each others personal space. Which band member has the worst habit and what is it?

I’ll get a smack for saying names but the snoring is hectic, like a few nights is fine but after a couple of years sharing rooms it’s sometimes impossible to sleep. I usually finish off the rider to get a wink in. Everyone’s had a run in with each other at some point, you’re in each other’s space 24 hours a day for months on end. We had a wrestling match with Royal Blood in Scotland and I broke my rib, was farked trying to sing for a while but it got rid of all the tension.

Your back in Aus for Spilt Milk and Falls Festivals, what’s the one thing you can get in Australia that’s not the same overseas, and why do you crave it?

Gary misses his Swanny D. The free artist bars at Australian festivals are the best thing. Also it’s nice just being home.

Is ‘Mundungus’ the first single from an upcoming record? Any juicy deets you can tell us?

We’re still deciding whether or not to put it in the record but yes, there’s an album coming soon.

Words by Harry Webber November 18, 2019
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