Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at The Regent

The Regent in downtown Los Angeles became a kaleidoscope of riffs and color last Thursday night, as they hosted Aussie rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets for a sold-out show on their second trip around the United States. With some of the best local psychedelia and garage rock billed to open the night, Meatbodies and Morgan Delt set the tone perfectly for Porn Crumpets for melting faces on a work night.


Morgan Delt was first on the bill, seeing Delt himself take center stage with prominent scene players Vinyl Williams and Ian Gibbs (of JJUUJJUU & Winter) playing drums and guitar respectively. The group performed a quick and efficient set, covering ground from Delt’s two full-length releases and a new track that has yet to be released, which sure excited fans who have been waiting three years for a follow up to the band's last record, Phase Zero.


The performance was vibrant, relaxed and real sharp when playing the more complex elements of Delt’s music; for example, the quick-paced percussion of his songs was well executed by Lionel Williams (who goes as Vinyl Williams when performing as a solo artist and filmmaker). Gibbs was also a highlight, using his guitar to play makeshift bass lines with a quickness and melodic approach, a product of what Gibbs is best at in the other projects and groups he plays with. The band rolled through their set mostly uninterrupted, closing with audience favorite “Some Sunsick Day,” a sunny and upbeat note to end the set with that sonically fit in unison amongst the psychedelic liquid light show that was projected across not only the stage but the entire front house of the venue.

Next, Meatbodies took the stage: a fierce trio lineup featuring lead guitarist/vocalist Chad Ubovich and bassist Kevin Boog and the newest addition to the group Dylan Fujioka on drums. Meatbodies has a long history here in Los Angeles and the psychedelic rock community, being signed to the garage rock master label In the Red Records and Ty Segall’s God? Records. Their relationship with Los Angeles fuzz heads were clear from the moment they opened their set, as a massive mosh pit formed just behind the front row. It was big enough to almost reach the steps all the way in the back of The Regent. “Don’t stop moshing!” yelled Ubovich, half-ironically after the first song of the set.


Dressed in a Batman hat that covered his eyes almost entirely, Ubovich played with magnetic energy, clearly, the leader of the pack. At one point, he halted Boog from beginning the bass riff to their self-titled debut record’s lead single and crowd favorite “Mountain,” a song too early in the setlist. The crowd reacted to the tease, but immediately revved their mosh engines back up as soon as the group burst into “Creature Feature” from their latest LP “Alice.” The group played a dynamic and energetic set that bridged the psychedelic bliss of dazed-out Morgan Delt and the headbanging riff-rock to come from Porn Crumpets. “Woah! So trippy! Are the walls…” Chad exclaimed before breaking into laughter, tuning his guitar, and introducing the next song “Tremmors:” “This song is about psychedelics.”

Lastly, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets arrived in mainland USA for the second time in their career. Having first played to a sold-out and enthusiastic Teragram Ballroom earlier this year, the group came back bigger and better than ever, this time selling out The Regent. Jack McEwan, the lead singer and guitarist for the group came out, and from that moment, graced the stage with his performative presence for the remainder of the night. The audience was loud, interactive and enthusiastic toward Porn Crumpets.


The line-up consisted of a five-man group, with the addition of a keyboardist to play some of the more psychedelic and spaced out cuts from the band’s latest album, And Now For The Watchamacallits… and the bands b-sides compilation released last year, which featured a lot more traditionally psychedelic/synth-heavy compositions than the band’s b-sides from the first two studio albums. That said, the band still felt like the Porn Crumpets, and they did what they do best: jam out to infectious, bluesy, riff-based psych-rock.


Rolling through hits from all three of their albums, the crowd became a manic frenzy of bodies and hair flailing and banging about. The upstairs area of the venue was closed for the night, which forced the entire venue to be concentrated on the main floor, and it honestly benefitted the gig, as the energy that permeated through the audience was contagious; a slow-building pit formed throughout the first half of the set, but by the time the band played “Cubensis Lenses,” it truly felt like the floor was bouncing. The band looked enthused as well, with all five members rocking their heads as hard as the audience was, consistently thanking the crowd for turning out on a Thursday night, which I’m sure nobody at the show hesitated about.

“It’s a beautiful night and I have never played a show where the walls are also being projected on, it’s wicked psychedelic and we are so happy to be here tonight,” a humble McEwan said into the mic halfway into the show, shouting out the analog liquid light show that was projected on the venue all night from the balcony.


It truly felt like every facet of the gig worked in symbiosis to create a wonderful, consistent ambiance for your friendly neighborhood Angelino acid-head to trip out to safely, amongst a sea of equally trippy, equally dynamic people with nothing but love for a good riff. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets is set to hit the road for the rest of the month with local psych group Levitation Room and Meatbodies on differing legs of their national tour, so if you catch them in your city, the Watchamacallits North America tour is set to melt ya face.


And Now for the Watchamacallit is out now via Marathon Artists. For more tour dates, click the link here.

Photos by Adrian Vega Albela Osorio

Adrian Vega Albela Osorio is a 23-year-old multimedia artist from Mexico based in Los Angeles. His work focuses on documenting the contemporary underground psychedelic music scene in Los Angeles. Follow Adrian on Instagram @stripedbeatle.