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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral {Part 2} (Album Review)

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets released their debut album, High Visceral {Part 1} in only March of 2016. It’s fuzzy, heavy and echoes in your cranium with every beat. The album gained attention from psych rock fans all around Perth and received airplay on the radio waves transmitted by the likes of Triple J and Triple J Unearthed.

Now a year later, via Rhubarb Records, they’re releasing the follow up as their sophomore release, High Visceral {Part 2}.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral {Part 2}

The album is blistering fast, taking the metronome beyond those tracks in the predecessor. Going from 0 to 100 in just 4 seconds flat, the opening track, Nek, almost broke my actual neck from whiplash. I’m pretty sure it also caused me to cop a speeding fine on West Coast Highway.

Gurzle drops the tone and makes PPC go heavier than ever before. Out of the intense tracks found on the record, Ergophobia stands above the rest. It’s a punk attitude song about being pushed to the point of being done with your job and will have you reminisce about those times you wanted to walk out of that crappy job with a raised middle finger.

High Visceral {Part 2} also contains some interesting new ventures in rhythm and melody. The rhythm interaction between the percussion and guitars in Move are pleasant to the ears. Move also contains a riff-reference to previous track Gurzle, a nice touch for the progressiveness of the album that makes it all feel a little more intertwined.

There are also some really interesting influences apparent on the album that come as a pleasant surprise. Coffee, a smooth relaxing track that goes down well with your morning cuppa, oozes with influence from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The last half of the track also contains some incredibly colourful synthesizers that reminded me of those found on Tame Impala’s Lonerism. The closing track, November, also warmly reminded me of riffs played by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

Dependant on Mary has a poppy riff that will be getting plays at house parties across Australia. The second act of the track breaks down into a slower descent into the cosmos, but before you doze off into space the track crawls back up to pace with your head banging again.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets describe themselves on their Unearthed page as “Space Fuzz”. That description applies more than ever to High Visceral {Part 2}. Some tracks will have you feeling as if you are indeed floating through space. Coffee, as I mentioned before, and more-so in It’s Not Safe to Leave this House.

Last year I reviewed their single launch for Buzz at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. Back then I said that “all the yet-to-be released Psychedelic Porn Crumpets songs played on the night are filled with long, hypnotising riffs that lock you in with your jaw drooling as if something just hit your serotonin receptors”. I still strongly stand by that statement, and having those tunes refined in the studio with extra polish is an excellent final touch.

The production is impressively tight and loud yet clear and crisp. Fast, slow, poppy, heavy and spacey, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have once again served up a psych-rock treat that will have you hungry for more.

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