Review: A Blizzard Will Not Stop Tame Impala

Posted by The G on November 8, 2012 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

Not even a blizzard could stop me (and the rest of Williamsburg) from seeing the always amazing Tame Impala.  The Australian (now) 5 piece, played a sold out show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7, 2012.  For Manhattanites such as myself, the commute into Brooklyn was extra nasty.  With the main source of public transportation (the L train) not running, I took an alternate route that gave me a nice 30 minute walk in blizzard conditions.  But if you read this site daily (aka my heroes), you know I am a hardcore dude who will stop at nothing to have fun.  The venue was not very crowded for quite a while and I thought most people would have decided to pass on going to the show because of the weather. I was wrong.  By the time Tame Impala hit the stage around 10 pm, the place was packed!

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Playing in front of a screen showing trippy visuals, Tame Impala played for nearly 2 hours and as they always do, they rocked our socks off!  Lead singer Kevin Parker took to the stage barefoot and expressed his gratitude to the crowd many times for showing up under such horrible conditions.  The setlist was comprised of a nice mixture of both of their albums “Innerspeaker” and the recently released “Lonerism” and the encore “Half Full Glass of Wine” was taken from the band’s self-titled EP.  If you don’t know Tame Impala’s music, I think you are doing your ears a huge disservice.  Their songs are psychedelic rock odysseys featuring heavenly vocals by Kevin Parker.  I liken his voice to “A Day in the Life” John Lennon meets George Harrison.  I’ve been listening to “Lonerism” non-stop since its release and I hate to spill the beans so soon, but it will definitely be my #1 album of the year.  So did you really think a blizzard was going to stop me from seeing these great songs performed live?  A video of my favorite song of the year, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.  You can see a video of another great track off “Lonerism,” the ultra rockin’ “Elephant” at this link because I have double-dipped and seen them live twice this year.  I spotted MGMT’s lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden in the crowd (and in fact, I’ve seen him before at Tame Impala shows).   After the show, I was able to tell lead singer Kevin Parker that when I hear “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” I actually feel like I am floating.  He laughed and thanked me for my continued support of the band.  Tame Impala is playing Webster Hall in Manhattan on November 10, 2012 and even though the show is sold out – find a way to make it happen.  It’s so worth it!

Tame Impala

Tame Impala setlist at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7, 2012.

PS.  I have no idea what “Terriyaki Chicken” is on the setlist because they came out and launched into “Solitude is Bliss” pretty quickly after they took the stage.  Also, the encore (not listed) was “Half Full Glass of Wine” which featured a very long jamming section and “Jeremy’s Storm” (from”Innerspeaker”) made its live debut as Kevin Parker said that even though the band had not rehearsed it, they thought it was appropriate to play.  Ironically, they had a technical glitch and the keyboards didn’t work during the instrumental, but it still rocked.  Once the show ended, a taxi ride, 3 subway transfers and a few blocks of walking later, I made it home safe and sound, with these psychedelic anthems still filling my head.  Thanks again Tame Impala!

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