Tame Impala

Wed May 29, 2013
Fox Theater - Oakland


Tame Impala is the movement in Orionís nebula and the slime from a snail journeying across a footpath. To humans however, Tame Impala is more of a Ďmusic ensembleí, but its various other forms should not be disregarded (colour that humans can see is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, the rest is just as important to other things.)

Tame Impala make psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music. Itís intended for moving oneís body to, and itís intended for keeping still and observing other forms of movement. Itís bombastic but itís swirling, think of the shoulder bones of a giant striding feline creature through some kind of tunnel. If Tame Impalaís music reminds you of what youíd want to put on when you next visit your mindís engine room then theyíre happy. If not, whatever, itís just music. Put it on when the sun next shines. Basically itís all about the feeling

Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson. Kevin and Dom have been musical companions for a good 9 years, having met at music class in high school at age 13, sometime after Kevin had began honing his primitive self recording skills as a way of putting tune to his newly learned drum beats. They found Jay sometime last year in rural Western Australia and admired his groovebrain and corresponding wrist movement. By stroke of luck he was moving to Perth with another band and this allowed them to jam.

The Tame Impala sound is one equally informed by The Beatles as it is beat poetry, by Turkish prog as it is by Turkish delight, and by English folk as much as homeless folk, and itís a breathe of fresh air that reeks of all of these at times and none at others.

Anyway, the band still enjoy recording music at home and getting up on the roof when weather permits. With the songs-vat (the apparatus used for storing songs) showing weakness and beginning to split at the seams, itís lucky they have secured a recording deal.

The Tame Impala EP is 5 tracks of untamed enthusiasm and unexpected delight. Beginning with Desire Be, Desire Goís endlessly looping, loose groove verses, to Slide Through My Fingers rollicking desert trip of a journey, Half Full Glass Of Wineís half-speed double-awesome riffing, 41 Mosquitoes Flying In Formationís unstoppable shake and Skeleton Tigerís marching band drums and haunting lead guitar, the Tame Impala EP is a beautiful snapshot into what lies within this beast.



  1. Fox Theater - Oakland
    1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA