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PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS' DO'S & DON'TS FOR DIY RECORDING

Night Gnomes is out now!

Image: Tristan McKenzie


Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have dropped their fifth studio album, Night Gnomes. To celebrate the release, the band have shared with MILKY their do's and don'ts when it comes to DIY recording.


“Night Gnomes is a bit darker than the other four releases. I don’t know if that’s the bi-product of being locked inside Western Australia for the past two years but it’s definitely given us a lot of time to think. I reckon this record has a bit more of a KID A/Amnesiac vibe to it, it’s a bit weirder, a little left of the ‘psych/pop’ world we’ve been tagged under. I kinda like that though, forever expanding, variety is the spice of life! It starts moody, talks of break ups and new relationships; gets kinda chirpy in the middle and then ends really beautifully, a bit like Jurassic Park 3. I reckon Spielberg might actually rate it, he’s a mixture of a bag, ain’t he." vocalist Jack McEwan shares.


"All in all I’m very proud of everyone’s efforts, it’s a step up which is a good direction to be stepping and it's a good body of work that I’m happy to share with the world, our little patch of darkness. And if deeper isn’t your cup of moonshine, then at least you know the sixth album will be upbeat as F@!#.”


The band have also announced a world tour, visiting Australia, the UK, Europe and North America. Kicking off their Australian run in Sydney on June 30, the tour will visit Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. Tickets are on sale now!


ALWAYS PAY THE POWER BILL

During the recording of High Visceral (Part 1) wayyyy back in 2015, my housemate at the time hadn't paid our power bill for a few months so as you can guess, we had the old lemon juice turned off to the house. Me and Rish, we're halfway through tracking guitars during the blackout and all our valiant work was lost. The title could also read don't live with stingy breadcrumbs.

MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE NEIGHBOURS

Over the many years of living in shared houses, myself and the rest of the gang have accumulated a fair bit of street smarts. Making friends with the neighbours is not only beneficial for the community, it also helps prevent any future conflict such as phoning the police every time they hear a crash cymbal after 7pm. If you wanna record late into the wee hours then you better be smiling at 8am while Jeff walks his dog.

TRY TO BE AS POOR AS POSSIBLE WHEN STARTING OFF

This one truly is a must. Most musicians already have the mental capacity to enjoy the luxury of being able to live off of the dirt under their fingernails, but if you were raised fairly affluent and consider idealising a day where you can afford to be living by yourself not a fabled stretch of the imagination, then music might be a dark path for you my ambitious friend.

LISTEN TO AS LITTLE MUSIC AS POSSIBLE

Obviously this one only works if you're fully locked into an extensive album recording cycle. BUT! The last thing you wanna do is spend months down the rabbit hole working away on your magnum opus only to start listening to 'the latest cool band' that's fresh out of LA and all there songs rhyme and the world's raving about how good simplicity is again and you scrap everything cause you're too tainted by the pollutant of genres, Simon and Garfunkel should not be mixed with System of a Down and there's no answers on the internet that could ever sway you back to your Nu-metal revivalist notions, the brains too fragile for true self expression.

ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU'RE IN A BEDROOM, AND NOT WITH RICK RUBEN AT ABBEY ROAD

I cannot stress this enough, there's a massive difference between amateur music creators who enjoy the therapeutic natures of recording from home, as opposed to the multi-million dollar studios who wank off to the sound of a snare drum after it's been EQ'd and polished through a chain of hardware that's so unaffordable to the average bear that even the software is also illegal to own. There's no comparison. Sometimes those bedroom folk go on to be Kevin Parker, but 99% of the time they don't, and that's fine, remember what you're creating is for your enjoyment, and when you start involving other people's opinions then the fun is gone. mUsiC's SubJectIVe mAN. Unless you want to make better music, then read someone else's tips who actually knows what they're doing, nonce.



Night Gnomes is out now! World tour details below.


AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Tickets


Thursday 30 June Crowbar Sydney

Friday 1 July Republic Bar Hobart

Saturday 2 July Lion Arts Factory Adelaide

Saturday 9 July The Rechabite Perth

Friday 15 July The Corner Melbourne

Saturday 16 July The Triffid Brisbane



UK / EUROPE TOUR

Tickets


Thursday, August 11th Hole44 Berlin

Friday, August 12th Molotow Hamburg

Sunday, August 13th Tivoli Utrecht

Monday, August 15th The Forum Tunbridge Wells

Wednesday, August 17th Brudenell Social Club Leeds SOLD OUT

Thursday, August 18th Rescue Rooms Nottingham

Sunday, August 21st Junction Cambridge

Monday, August 22nd Think Tank Newcastle SOLD OUT

Tuesday, August 23rd Saint Luke’s Glasgow SOLD OUT

Thursday, August 25th Band On The Wall Manchester SOLD OUT

Friday, August 26th O2 Institute Birmingham

Saturday, August 27th Thekla Bristol SOLD OUT

Monday, August 29th The 1865 Southampton

Tuesday, August 30th Concorde 2 Brighton

Thursday, September 1st Electric Brixton London

Friday, September 2nd Norwich Arts Centre Norwich SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 3rd Manchester Psych Fest Manchester

Tuesday, September 6th La Maroquinerie Paris

Wednesday, September 7th Trix Club Antwerp

Thursday, September 8th Vera Groningen

Friday, September 9th Doornroosje Nijmegen

Sunday, September 11th De Muziekgieterij Maastricht



US TOUR

With support from Acid Dad (excluding Atlanta)

Tickets


1st October Independent San Francisco, CA

3rd October Star Theater Portland, OR

4th October Biltmore Vancouver, BC

5th October Crocodile Seattle WA

7th October The Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT

8th Orange The Globe Denver, CO SOLD OUT

9th October The Globe Denver, CO SOLD OUT

11th October 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN

12th October Empty Bottle Chicago, IL

13th October Empty Bottle Chicago, IL SOLD OUT

14th October El Club Detroit, MI

15th October The Axis Club Toronto, ON

17th October Bar Le Ritz Montreal, QC

18th October The Sinclair Boston, MA

20th October Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY

21st October Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA

22nd October Union Stage Washington, DC

24th October Exit/In Nashville, TN

25th October Terminal West Atlanta, GA

27th October Satellite Bar Houston, TX

28th October The Parish Austin, TX

29th October Deep Ellum Art Co Dallas, TX

1st November Casbah San Diego, CA SOLD OUT

2nd November El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA