Interested in a contemporary taste of the psychedelic music wave of the 1960s? Look no further than Tame Impala, a rock band from Australia who expertly incorporate sounds of the late 60s and early 70s into their energetic music. The band is touring now having performed at The Mann Center of Philadelphia on Friday, August 23rd.
Tame Impala is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker who first recorded music under that moniker in 2008. Although Parker crafts the music of Tame Impala by himself in the studio, the band tours with a stable lineup. Parker handles lead vocals, guitar, and synthesizer while others fill in the roles of drums, bass guitar, keyboard, and background vocals.
All three of Tame Impala’s studio albums have been received with critical acclaim. Ever since their latest full length album, 2015’s Currents, came out, fans have been eagerly awaiting new material. 2019 has seen the official release of two singles from the band, titled “Patience” and “Borderline”. These songs expand on the electronic influence brought to Currents and hopefully point towards a substantial project being released in the near future. Parker has stated on multiple occasions that he expects new music to be released this year but currently there is no indication of when.
Tame Impala in Concert
Both of these new songs were played live at Mann Center along with a substantial amount of songs from Currents. Listeners were treated to hits such as “The Less I Know The Better” and “New Person, Same Old Mistakes”.
Tame Impala has played both Lollapalooza and Coachella this year and is certainly no stranger to putting on a memorable show. A colorful array of visceral light effects accompanied their music at The Mann Center providing entertaining transitions between songs.
The influence that bands from the late 60s and early 70s have on Tame Impala is no secret. Parker’s voice has repeatedly invited comparison to the legendary John Lennon. Additionally, audible hallmarks of Tame Impala’s style, such as the use of reverb and fuzz, were pioneered by bands of that era. Tame Impala managed to reciprocate this influence with surviving members of Pink Floyd stating that their most recent album was heavily influenced by Tame Impala. After a terrific show in Philadelphia, psychedelic music lovers hope to see new material from Tame Impala in 2019.