Interview and Photos: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at Desert Daze

Perth based Australian Psych-Rock band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets sat down with me for an interview and photos on day one of Desert Daze music festival in Perris,CA.


Check out photos and the interview below:



How are you guys handling the heat today at Desert Daze?


Jack: We're hanging in there! We came from Australia where its 40-42 degrees sometimes, so this is alright. We just wear shorts religiously.


Luke: There's a lake to swim in too which helps.


Jack: Yeah, it's actually perfect.


How do you guys feel about playing the tenth edition of Desert Daze?


Jack: Unreal festival. We were saying before - this is our favourite festival like- ever. If we could come back every year, we would.


What makes it stand out to you?


Jack: The bands and the lineup have just been completely tailored to - I don't know, it's like someone has been through my iPod for the last five to ten years- even thirty years.


Luke: If that lineup was in Australia, it would be the biggest festival in Australia.


Jack: One hundred percent, you would get like 500,000 people. I think it's wild they keep it such a boutique thing with a smaller cap. That sort of makes it so that you can go around and see a bunch of bands and feel like that you are fully part of it. I remember watching Flying Lotus last time with the drop of water over there, it was next level.


Luke: I wouldn't mind camping it next time. Tent. Swim. Bands. Booze. Tent. Swim. Bands. Booze.


Congratulations on Night Gnomes - really, really cool album and I love all of the soundscapes vibe of it. What is something you want people to know about it that they may not already know?


Jack: We approached it a bit differently not trying to convolute all of the songs, and there was space to poke at. You could actually hear it a bit better. I think it's actually our best headphone listening record.


How did you guys go about naming these tracks? I see a theme of different objects.


Jack: There are some that are definitely meaningful. Mango Terrarium was named after that because there's a Mango beer in Australia and my desk just became filled with Mango beers. A lot of it is just working titles. Night Gnomes was sort of your curation of your weird alter ego at 2 in the morning and that's the night gnome that comes out.


I think apart from that it needed to sound interesting enough that someone might listen to it as well.


Luke: The band name is so normal that you need something weird.


All of your song names are definitely interesting but I found with this record in particular they are more condensed.



Jack: Yeah they didn't have a sentence theme this time. But Sufjan Stevens does that too doesn't he?


Luke: Yeah he's got a forward slash in there as well. That's when you know someone is getting edgy.


Jack: It would be nice to make a song title longer than the song length itself. It's a whole book. Imagine if you released a book for song titles that you would have to read.....


Lastly - do you guys have any local musicians from Perth that you would want to shout out?


Romeo Walker, Ben Whitt, Greatest Bodily Harm, and The Love Junkies.