Photos by G.
I have a serious band crush on Australian rockers Tame Impala. If you’ve never heard their music, you must do so immediately. Their music has qualities of Pink Floyd meets the psychedelic Beatles era and every song is spacey and rockin’. Lead singer Kevin Parker’s voice has a fantastic blend of George Harrison and John Lennon’s voice, without being derivative. Their debut album “Innerspeaker” is an hour long sonic journey and when I saw Tame Impala perform it live last year, I made a promise to myself to go see them every time they come around. On April 25, 2011 Tame Impala played a sold out show at New York’s Webster Hall. After opening sets by great bands with bad names Yawn and Yuck (repsecitvely) – and more on each band coming soon, Tame Impala hit the stage at 10:30 PM.
The band had 9 flat screen monitors behind them that featured a light show that responded to the music. As you can imagine, it was a pychedelic delight. (Wait until you see the video of “Alter Ego” – which will be coming soon!) Aside from “I Don’t Really Mind,” Tame Impala played the entire “Innerspeaker” album as well as a cover of Massive Attack’s “Angel.” They even dug deep and played “Skeleton Tiger” and “Half Full Glass of Wine” off their debut EP (which is quite hard to find in the United States). The set was just about 70 minutes long and it was awesome. The album flows together so perfectly, it seems weird to break the songs up, but the live renditions of the tracks in a different order made everyone in the crowd very happy. They are definitely a band to put on your must see list and if you don’t already have “Innerspeaker” – get it NOW!
See the set list after the jump.