With just one album released so far and a second, Lonerism, in the making, set for release on 5 October, the Australian quartet Tame Impala is at odds with the ’80s-influenced style of today’s indie-rock scene, with a sound that seems to have been beamed straight from the late-1960s.
We’re talking psychedelic sounds à la Cream, or Pink Floyd’s short-lived era with Syd Barrett, or the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all fronted by a singer with a voice uncannily similar to John Lennon’s.
The band was formed in Perth in 2007 by Kevin Parker, Dominic Simper, Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson. And in what has become a familiar story in the post-internet world, they first caught fire on MySpace (myspace.com/tameimpala), getting the attention of hip Aussie record label Modular Records, who soon signed them up.
In 2008, they released the EP Tame Impala, going on to build up ever-growing fame on the internet in the run-up to their first studio album, the excellent Innerspeaker – one of the best albums of 2010.
The groovy spirit of the 1960s seems to live on not only in the group’s music, but also in the band members’ appearances and laid back, hippy attitudes. The self-confessed stoners always play barefoot and have a reputation for unpretentious, almost shambolic performances.
So what to expect from the upcoming show? The Queremos crew have moved digs from their usual home of Circo Voador to the recently re-opened Imperator out in Meier. A good trek out of town compared to Lapa, the hall has the pedigree of hosting classic shows by the likes of Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan and Tom Jobim and looks set to return to those glory days. The set itself will be mostly drawn from Innerspeaker. Listen out for the hits ‘Solitude is Bliss’, ‘Desire Be Desire Go’ and ‘Lucidity’, as well as the mind-blowing ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’, from the EP of the same name.
The show should also include some tracks from the new album, such as ‘Lonerism’ and ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ – the tracks can already be heard online, picking up where their debut left off. Get ready to take a trip with the Perth quartet.