LIVE REVIEW - Psychedelic Porn Crumpets @ The Triffid

Updated: Jun 18, 2019


Leave your acid at home, the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will give you psychedelic trip of their own. On a cold Brisbane weeknight in Newstead, The Triffid was blazing up with an ocean of riffs and the waves were big. I perched up on a chair and grabbed a rum to pass the time before the opening act.


Kicking off procedures were Newcastle up and comers Raave Tapes. The trio introducing The Triffid to a set list full of energy and proving that Newcastle didn’t die with the death of Silverchair. Taking out the gong for lyric of the evening on their song ‘k bye’ the crowd was getting sweaty to an opening riff which sounded similar to something taken from a DZ Deathrays cheat sheet before bursting into ‘I don’t know what you said to me/but it sounded like ketamine’. Genius. Don’t we all have Ketamine on our minds?


Prior to that they belted out crowd favourite ‘Stabs’, transitioning from lead male vocalist and female vocalist with ease before moving into a cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s 'Heads Will rRoll’. The female lead took the reins and did a perfect rendition of the song flaunting her insanely talented vocals that even Marcia Hines would approve of. I can’t go on about them enough. Expect big things from these 3 in the years to come.


With the set coming to an end after about 40 minutes of heavy, sweaty music, the originally small and flavourless crowd had a certain buzzing about it. More people began streaming in as the time grew closer to the main act. The bar was busier than ever prompting me to ramp up my drinking to two rums at a time instead of one. As I was ordering I turned my head to the ‘yews’ of the crowd and the beautiful site of 5 long haired musicians. The greatest part of live music. The main act hitting the stage and breaking into a crowd favourite. This moment consumes you. It is like no other and if you haven’t experienced it, I suggest you do. It’s like an addiction you never want to shake. After I found myself staring at the band for a moment too long I had turned back to notice the bar staff had already taken my card I was holding in front of them, paid for the drinks and placed it perfectly back in my hand. An art they must have mastered from years of experience. Who knows what they charged me. I took both rums by the hand and joined the thick of the pit up front.


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Setting the tone of the night early with their latest single ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ the Crumpets had the crowd in full throttle. By this stage the rum had bounced out of my hands, into the thick of people’s feet flying around the floor. My eyes fixated on the screen behind the band which was showcasing an array of bright colours and eventually a video of a skeletons slowly floating through space – setting the mood perfectly. No one had a care in the world. The energy was irreplaceable halfway through and the speed and tempo hadn’t even slightly dropped throughout. Playing bangers such as ‘Surf’s Up’ and ‘Marmalade March’ really showcased the pure talent these men possess. I honestly don’t know how the guitarists still have their fingers attached.


As the set drew closer to finishing up, the crowd was as vibrant as they were from the beginning and when the opening riff for ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ rung threw our ears, it only got crazier. Of course, we are keen for kick ons. Who isn’t? No one wants to stop after the adrenalin rush from an act as energetic as this. Even on a school night and especially after they broke into the famous Lenny Kravitz riff for ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ mid song.


Closing out the evening with arguably their most popular song ‘Cornflake’, the Crumpets remained flawless throughout. Engaging the crowd with pure psychedelic, old school rock n roll. Kudos to them, The Raave Tapes and especially The Triffid for gifting us with two amazing, extremely loud sets.


I’ll send you the medical bill next week.


Psychedelic Porn Crumpets 2019 Tour Dates

Wednesday, 12th June Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 13th June The Triffid, Brisbane Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 14th June The Croxton, Melbourne Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 15th June Factory Theatre, Sydney Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 21st June Astor, Perth Tickets: Official Website