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Perth psych-rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets take us inside the creation of their ‘Acid Dent’ video with director and artist Ollie Jones

We pick the hottest new acts so you can tell your friends you heard them first. Meet Perth psych-rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets as they take us inside the making of their video for 'Acid Dent'.

Every new Psychedelic Porn Crumpets album is a journey through the unexpected – on their fifth album Night Gnomes, the Perth psychedelic-rockers deliver another bold, endlessly creative collection of music, but still they manage to push their core sound even further.

Released just over a year after their fourth album, ARIA-nominated Shyga! The Sunlight Mound, Night Gnomes throws the listener into a range of different sonic territories and emotional fields – there is the dreamy, fuzzy psych and classic rock goodness fans have come to expect, but then there are also moments of addictive melancholic-pop hooks or even darker, harder rock, making this their most diverse collection of music yet.

Written in the band’s home of Western Australia during yet another year of lockdowns, vocalist and songwriter Jack McEwan’s sense of isolation and the mania that accompanied being off-road and out of sync with the normalcy he and the band had been used to, forms the foundations of this record.

Released right before the album dropped, single ‘Acid Dent’ is the perfect place to start if you’re new to Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. It showcases the way that the band can have a kaleidoscope of influences and ideas, yet never lose sight of their core sound and identity. Plus the video – more on that in a minute with creator and director Ollie Jones – perfectly captures, not only the energy of the song but, the overall energy of the band.

Releasing five albums in six years, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have proved there isn’t anything the universe can serve up that is going to slow them down.

Now, the release of Night Gnomes sees the band return to the live stage. First heading across the country with a six-6 date Australian tour, then to North America and Canada for a 22-date headline tour. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will also be performing at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival alongside the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, and Death Cab For Cutie, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard before making a return to Europe and the UK in August, for another 22-date headline run.

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.

PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER JACK EWAN ON NEW ALBUM NIGHT GNOMES

I’ve always been a fan of the the horror sub genre ‘MELT MOVIES’ films like Street Trash, The Blob and Body Melt. So when I was given the title of the track, I knew what I wanted to do right away. A simple story of a guy who, after a freak accident, is granted the powers to melt everything he touches and how it escalates in a comedy of errors throughout the video. Think the Skittles advert, only more gruesome.”

DIRECTOR AND ARTIST OLLIE JONES ON THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE ‘ACID DENT’ VIDEO

To dive into one of the album’s singles a little deeper, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and director & artist Ollie Jones are taking us inside the making of the ‘Acid Dent’ video.

Check out ‘Acid Dent’ by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets:

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Acid Dent (Official Video)

Ollie Jones takes us inside the making of the ‘Acid Dent’ video by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets:

psychedelic porn crumpets acid dent storyboard

Ollie Jones: “In previous videos I didn’t build many full sets or locations, just bits and pieces that were expanded upon in post production. Even though this is technically a smaller scale video than my previous videos for PPC (no alien bounty hunters or giant kaiju fights in this one) I really wanted to push myself and build  everything from scratch – from the locations, the sets, the props, and even the vehicles, and cover them completely in plasticine so the entire video feels like it was sculpted in clay.”

psychedelic porn crumpets acid dent set layout

“I needed a large interior for the factory and to build something in the same scale as my claymation characters – around 12 inches (1/6 scale) – would be incredibly difficult and take up a LOT of space. So, I decided to scale it back and make some miniature sets and miniature characters that would work well enough for some of the more wider shots to help show the scale.”

psychedelic porn crumpets acid dent green slime vats

“The giant vats of glowing green acid were achieved by using three litre plastic bottles, cutting the tops off, filling them with water. I then placed green lights below them making it look as if the water was glowing green. I thought it worked out pretty well.”

psychedelic porn crumpets acid dent set close up

“The hospital was fun to make and helps break up the video so that it’s not entirely all at the same location. I love adding all the detail (the bed, tables, bowls, EKG machine, etc) so the world feels rich and lived in. I was also able to make a brand new character (the nurse) so you’re always looking at something new.

“I used green screen in the windows to help expand the set by adding backgrounds, mainly claymation skies and trees. I could have just used an image or a print out, but I also wanted to the background to be made/animated in plasticine to enhance the overall claymation aesthetic.”

psychedelic porn crumpets acid dent animation still

“I went to town on the kitchen. The whole set was built so that every single wall could come out so I could film the scene from various different angles. Again, I had so much fun adding all the details, from the kettle, fruit bowl, toaster and the fridge. It really helps bring the world you are creating alive.”

*The letters on the fridge were edible cake decorations from my wife’s baking cupboard.
*The sink was filled with hair gel, to give it a realistic water look (not that you could really see it in the video)”

psychedelic porn crumpets acid dent animation characters

“It was fun building up to the final moments in the video. Up until that point, the video had mainly been pastel colours , but as our ‘hero’ melts more and more things, and it starts to get more hectic, I started to make the colours more and more intense . As the song is called ‘Acid Dent’, my mind instantly went to properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Toxic Crusaders, both properties that were covered in toxic acid and slime – what can I say I was a kid in the ’90s?!  So I knew when the time came, I wanted to destroy all the props that I spent hours making and cut them up and cover them in bright green acidic ooze.”

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