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The Australian quartet Tame Impala goes against the current of the predominantly ’80s 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 the record label Modular Records, who signed the band.
Soon after, 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 – possibly the best album 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. Self-confessed cannabis aficionados, they always play barefoot and have a reputation for unpretentious, even slightly shambolic-seeming performances.
So what to expect from their second upcoming Cine Joia show? It will probably focus more on their second album, Lonerism, and songs like ‘Apocalypse Dreams’, 'Elephant', 'Be Above It' and 'Music to Walk Home By'. But hits from their debut album Innerspeaker, like ‘Solitude is Bliss’, ‘Desire Be Desire Go’, ‘Lucidity’ and the mind-blowing ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’, will surely make the cut as well.
Get ready to take a trip with the Perth quartet.