Tame Impala, recorded during their stand-out performance at the 2017 Panorama Music Festival in New York on July 29th.
Tame Impala started as a neo-psychedelic music project led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music. As a touring act, Parker (guitar, vocals) plays alongside Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser) and some members of Australian psychedelic rock band Pond – Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). Previously signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is now signed to Interscope Records in the US, and Fiction Records in the UK.
Parker originally conceived the project in Perth in 2007. After a series of singles and EPs, in 2010, the band released their debut studio album, Innerspeaker, which was certified gold in Australia and well received by critics. Their 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. The band’s third album, Currents, was released in July 2015, and like its predecessor, it won ARIA Awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. Parker won the APRA Award for Song of the Year 2016 for Currents’ first track, “Let It Happen”.
By the end of 2017, Tame Impala announced that they agreed to play the 2018 Mad Cool musical concert in Spain, which would be the first live music show the band agreed to play in 2018. Tame Impala also played a headline set at London’s Citadel Festival in July 2018.
In July 2018, during an interview with Beats 1 anchor host Matt Wilkinson, Parker confirmed for the first time that he had begun working on a new Tame Impala album, adding that he was “ready to play some other songs live” and expressing an interest to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2019. He also stated that he would be “very disappointed” if the new record by Tame Impala wasn’t released by summer 2019.
On 1 July 2018, The band teamed up with artist ZHU to create the single “My Life”.
In October 2018, Parker played bass for rapper Travis Scott for a performance of “Skeletons/Astrothunder” on Saturday Night Live, with singer-songwriter John Mayer also part of the backing band.
On 10 October, the band was scheduled to headline the first night of the annual Desert Daze festival in its new location in Moreno Beach, but had to cut their set short after 3 songs due to inclement weather.
On 14 October, female R&B singer SZA released the single “Together” on YouTube, which is billed as “SZA featuring Tame Impala.”Later that month, on 31 October, rapper Theophilus London released a new single in collaboration with Tame Impala under the moniker of Theo Impala.
On 2 January 2019, Tame Impala was announced as a headliner for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. They will also headline the 2019 Primavera Sound festival, making them only the second Australian act to do so. Parker had recently announced a forthcoming new album that he expects will be released during the summer.
On 21 March 2019, They released the single “Patience”, and has teased new music on Instagram for the forthcoming album. They were the musical guest for Saturday Night Live on 30 March, with host Sandra Oh. On the show, the band performed “Patience” and a new song, “Borderline”, which was released 12 April.
Promises to be a busy year and Glastonbury should be outstanding this year. In the meantime, hit the play button and crank this one up.