Tame Impala – Live at Splendour In The Grass – 2010 – Recorded July 31, 2010 – Triple J Radio –
Tame Impala tonight – from their standout appearance at Splendour In The Grass Festival 2010 and preserved for posterity by Triple J Radio on July 31, 2010.
Having fond memories of Tame Impala ever since first hearing them on MySpace in 2008, I was a little apprehensive they wouldn’t get the mass appreciation they completely deserved. Fortunately, I was proven wrong and Kevin Parker’s mind-melting brain child has been embraced (and encouraged) by most of the civilized world, lo these past 15 or so years. Just goes to show you there’s hope for just about anything if more than three people believe in it and there’s a band that perseveres.
Broad stroke impressions from some people who initially heard Tame Impala claimed they were a hybrid Psychedelic Tribute band; a kind of mashup between Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Norman Smith-era Pretty Things and Dance Of The Lemmings-era Amon Duul. Although it’s fascinating to learn practically none of those bands had an influence on Kevin Parker, you can’t help but feel the spirit and the intention and the adventuresome feeling still got in there and worked wonders. Whoever Kevin Parker has sighted as an influence; it could be a phonebook and it would mean just about as much. Parker has his own vision and it is wildly appealing – and just weird enough to become a fixture in our musical lexicon for years to come. I find it rather amazing that he’s able to translate his singular vision of the studio experience and mould it into a touring vision shared by four other people on stage.
I understand Tame Impala are slated to perform at The Hollywood Bowl this upcoming November (fingers crossed the COVID fears will subside). That is a concert not to miss and it will be nice to hear where Parker and co-horts are musically landing in 2021.
Further proof music is in some good places, despite claims to the contrary. I’ve said it before and I will say it forever; innovation and ideas are not part of the mainstream world – they will always be the outliers until the urge and desperation for something new becomes too great. And then you get to say you always knew that.
Crank it up and enjoy what 2010 was sounding like.
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