At the risk of sounding shamelessly self-indulgent this weekend; it’s my Birthday. And so, to give myself permission to run anything I want to, I’ve decided to run some of my favorite concerts this weekend – bands I have been completely knocked-out by these past few decades – Music I have enjoyed and still enjoy on a daily basis. Bands which have meant something to me, or are meaning new things to me today.
Starting out with a relatively recent (2007) favorite, Tame Impala have been one of those bands who have always held a lot of interest for me. Part of that explosion of bands coming out of Australia in recent years, the reservoir of musical ideas in the person of Kevin Parker (who, in reality is Tame Impala in toto) keeps hitting new ground.
I remember first hearing Tame Impala via MySpace in 2008. A new band with lots of experimenting and demos. By the time this concert, part of the legendary Splendour In The Grass festival in Australia, happened in 2010, the demos and singles gave way to a debut album (Innerspeak). One which was eagerly anticipated and one which didn’t disappoint and one which grabbed worldwide attention and fans.
It’s been 5 years since that debut, and Parker (and cohorts) have done a lot. And offshoot bands have sprung up as the result. But Tame Impala was the catalyst that got everything started.
In case you missed them early on, and wanted to catch a reminder of what they were on the threshold of, here is that concert from the 2010 Spledour In The Grass Festival, as faithfully captured for posterity by Triple J radio in Australia.
Play Loud and stay tuned.