Tame Impala performing in New York City in 2012
|Origin||Perth, Western Australia|
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, neo-psychedelia, dream pop, space rock, psychedelic pop|
Melody's Echo Chamber
Mink Mussel Creek
The Dee Dee Dums
Space Lime Peacock
Relation Longue Distance
|Past members||Nick Allbrook|
Tame Impala (pronounced / /) is a psychedelic rock project of Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia and signed to Modular Recordings. The band came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album Innerspeaker, and received critical acclaim for their 2012 album Lonerism. Their name refers to the impala, a medium sized antelope. They describe themselves as "a steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody."
- 1 Biography
- 2 Band members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The origins of the band can be found in the Perth music scene. Parker played in a number of bands, one being the Dee Dee Dums, a rock duo that consisted of Parker (guitar) and Luke Epstein (drums). Tame Impala emerged as a Kevin Parker home-recording project in this period and he posted a number of tracks on Myspace. This brought interest from a number of labels and eventually, he signed a worldwide deal with the independent Modular Recordings. To transfer these recordings to a live-stage, Parker enlisted the help of Dominic Simper (bass) and Jay Watson (drums) and began playing at some local gigs.
Tame Impala EP
The signing was soon followed by the release on their self-titled debut EP in September 2008. Due to Parker's original artwork there was some confusion with the EP title and many believed it to be called "Antares Mira Sun". The artwork is an interpretation of a slide he saw in an astronomy lecture, which demonstrated the difference in size between the stars Antares, Mira and the Sun.
The cover art is meant to be a painting; an interpretation of a diagram, so those labels are just there to make the diagram make sense. But lo and behold, there were reviews coming out saying "And Tame Impala's new EP 'Antares, Mira, Sun".—Kevin Parker
Tame Impala attained the number 1 position on the Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR) Chart and number 10 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart, with three songs, "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Half Full Glass of Wine" and "Skeleton Tiger" receiving national radio airplay on the Triple J radio station.
Tours in 2008 included supports for You Am I, The Black Keys, Yeasayer and MGMT, as well as performances at Southbound Festival, Meredith Music Festival and Falls Festival, as well as national headline tours in support of their EP. Tours in 2009 included a sold-out six-date 'Skeleton Tiger' national headline tour and a five-date UK tour (including Nevereverland UK), as well as performances at V Festivaland Groovin The Moo, and a stadium tour with The Living End and Gyroscope.
Tame Impala appeared on Triple J's Hottest 100 list in 2008—their first appearance on the list— with "Half Full Glass of Wine" at number 75. The song is also on the Hottest 100 compilation album.
Tame Impala's first single, "Sundown Syndrome", was recorded at Toerag Studios in London, UK with recording engineer Liam Watson, while the band was in the UK in March 2009. "Sundown Syndrome" was premiered by Richard Kingsmill on his "2009" show on Triple J on Sunday 10 May 2009. The song was released in July 2009 on vinyl, and digitally with a cover of "Remember Me" by DJ Blue Boy.
The band then headlined the inaugural "Rottofest" in August 2009, an annual comedy, film and music festival held on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. Following Rottofest, they embarked on a national tour through September and October 2009 in support of the single. "Remember Me" appeared at number 78 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2009.
"Sundown Syndrome" was included on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All Right. "Half Full Glass of Wine" was used in HBO's popular television series Entourage as the closing song for an episode.
Tame Impala's debut album, Innerspeaker, was released on 21 May 2010. In the U.K. its official release date was 28 June, however iTunes accidentally made it available to buy immediately (not pre-order) on 12 May. The album was released in the United States on 8 June to general and critical acclaim. Pitchfork named it Best New Music.
In an interview with Triple J talking about the album's recent nomination for the J Award, Parker stated that they have secretly been recording a new album. "Jay and I have been recording pretty compulsively and album number two is nearing potential completion already and I'm so excited about it that I'm having trouble keeping myself from telling you all about it." This came as a big surprise as this statement was released only months after their debut album, Innerspeaker, was released.
The band was busy touring during mid-2010, with their 'Innerspeaker album tour' commencing on 13 May 2010, as the opening band for MGMT's 2010 American tour. The band returned to Australia to play at Splendour in the Grass festival, which was followed by a European Tour in July (including an appearance at the Reading Festival) and a national Australian tour in October. In November they returned to the UK and Europe for a fifteen date tour, including their largest London headline show to date which was attended by Noel Gallagher, Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Noel Fielding, Alexa Chung and Alison Mosshart, the band then went on to the United States and Canada for twenty headline dates including sold out shows in Toronto, New York, LA and San Francisco. They also received four 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which include, 'Album of the Year' and 'Best Rock Album' for Innerspeaker, 'Best Group' and also 'Breakthrough Artist'.
On 7 December 2011, Parker began mixing the second Tame Impala album, Lonerism, with producer Dave Fridmann. On 2 March 2012, Tame Impala posted via Facebook that the new album was "finished, mixed, mastered, mooged, broinged, and beeped". Jay Watson expected it to be released in mid-2012, but it was later released in October 2012.
Parker said that Lonerism "represents a departure from his previous work by incorporating an expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective." It was created in a similar set up as Innerspeaker, whereby Parker wrote and recorded the majority of the album by himself at his home in Perth, Australia. Parts of the recording also occurred in Parker's home studio in France.
While in France, Parker produced and played on the self-titled dream pop album by Melody's Echo Chamber, the project of French singer Melody Prochet. As a result, one of the tracks on Lonerism is titled "Endors Toi", which roughly translates from French to English as "fall asleep". The album cover is a photo taken by Parker of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France, with additional editing by Leif Podhajsky, a graphic designer who created the album art for Innerspeaker. The image ties into the themes of isolation of Lonerism, with a metal gate separating the viewer from the people in the Gardens.
On 27 June 2012, the band released an album teaser on their Facebook page. The band released the song "Apocalypse Dreams" for free download on 7 July 2012. The first single "Elephant" was released in July 2012. The album was released on 5 October in Australia, 8 October in the United Kingdom and 9 October in the United States. StillinRock described it as the best album of the year. The album features the songs "Apocalypse Dreams" and "Elephant", which are some of the first songs that Parker has co-written with Watson. "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was released as the second single.
In November 2012, Lonerism won the 2012 J Award for Australian Album of the Year for the second time, after also winning it for their debut album Innerspeaker in 2010. They are the first band to win the J Award more than once. In January 2013, Lonerism was selected by Rolling Stone for the 2012 Album of the Year award after the band also won the award in 2011 for Innerspeaker. It was also announced as album of the year by UK magazine NME. Additionally, Lonerism was voted number 1 overall in Rolling Stone, Triple J, NME, Filter, Urban Outfitters, FasterLouder and Obscure Sound's 2012 Album of the Year polls. "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" appeared at number 7 and 9 respectively in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2012.
The band began an international tour in 2012 through 2013, supported by The Growl. During this tour, they played major festivals, such as Coachella, Sasquatch Festival, and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In September 2012, Tame Impala's first US feature appeared on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 82nd issue. "Elephant" was used in advertisements for the Blackberry Z10, in the second season finale of the HBO show Girls, and in the film The Fifth Estate.
On 18 May 2013, it was announced via Facebook that Allbrook would leave the band to focus on other musical endeavors, and that Cam Avery of Pond and The Growl would take his place. Allbrook played his final gig with the band on their last Australian tour date of 2013 at Perth's Belvoir Amphitheatre, the same venue that Allbrook played his first gig with the band at in 2008. As a farewell gesture, the band played a cover of Outkast's "Prototype".
- Kevin Parker – vocals, guitar and kazoo (2007–present)
- Jay Watson – drums and backing vocals (2007–2011), synth, backing vocals and occasional additional guitar (2012–present)
- Dominic Simper – bass (2007–2010), guitar and synth (2010–present)
- Cam Avery – bass and backing vocals (2013–present)
- Julien Barbagallo – drums and backing vocals (2012–present)
- Kevin Parker – vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys (plays all instruments on almost all recordings)
- Jay Watson – drums, keys, guitar
- Dominic Simper – percussion, bass, guitar, effects
- Nick Allbrook – guitar and keys (2009–2010), bass (2010–2013)
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
- Tame Impala [H.I.T.S. 003] - Hole in the Sky (August 2008) (12" vinyl) (limited re-issue April 2009)
- Tame Impala EP - Modular Recordings (September 2008) AUS No. 82
- Peace and Paranoia EP - The Flaming Lips (November 2013) AUS No. 82
- "Sundown Syndrome" (Modular Recordings, June 2009)
- "Solitude Is Bliss" (Modular Recordings, April 2010)
- "Lucidity" (Modular Recordings, July 2010)
- "Expectation" (Modular Recordings, December 2010)
- "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?" (Modular Recordings, January 2011)
- "Elephant" (Modular Recordings, July 2012) #77 AUS, #8 US Alt., #40 US Main. Rock, #131 UK
- "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" (Modular Recordings, October 2012) #74 AUS
- "Mind Mischief" (Modular Recordings, January 2013)
- "Mammalian Locomotion" - Abbe May (October 2010) [Track 2 of "Mammalian Locomotion" single]
- "End of Line" - Daft Punk - Walt Disney Records (August 2011) [Track 11 of Australian version of Tron: Legacy Reconfigured CD]
- "Big City Lights" - Canyons - Hole in the Sky (May 2008) [Track 3 of "The Lovemore EP"]
- "Tonight" - Canyons - Modular Recordings (November 2011) [Track 8 of "Keep Your Dreams"]
- "When I See You Again" - Canyons - Modular Recordings (November 2011) [Track 9 of "Keep Your Dreams"]
- "Children of the Moon" - The Flaming Lips - Warner Bros. Records (April 2012) [Track 5 of "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends"]
- "That's All for Everyone" - Fleetwood Mac Tribute - (August 2012) [Track 11 of "Just Tell Me That You Want Me"]
- "Aydin" - Discodeine - (April 2013) [Track 1 of "Aydin EP"]
Awards and nominations
|2009||Tame Impala||Most Popular Act||Nominated|
|Most Popular Live Act||Nominated|
|Most Promising New Act||Won|
|Best Rock Act||Nominated|
|Tame Impala EP||Most Popular Single/EP||Won|
|"Half Full Glass of Wine"||Most Popular Music Video||Nominated|
|Kevin Parker||Best Male Vocalist||Nominated|
|Dominic Simper||Best Bassist||Nominated|
|Jay Watson||Best Drummer||Nominated|
|2010||Tame Impala||Best Rock Act||Nominated|
|2011||Tame Impala||Most Popular Act||Won|
|Most Popular Live Act||Won|
|Best Rock Act||Won|
|Innerspeaker||Most Popular Album||Nominated|
|Kevin Parker||Best Guitarist||Won|
|2010||Tame Impala||Best Group||Nominated|
|Innerspeaker||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|Best Cover Art||Nominated|
|2013||Tame Impala||Best Group||Won|
|Best Australian Live Act||Nominated|
|Lonerism||Album of the Year||Won|
|Best Rock Album||Won|
|Engineer of the Year||Nominated|
|Producer of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Cover Art||Nominated|
|2010||Innerspeaker||Australian Album of the Year||Won|
|2012||Lonerism||Australian Album of the Year||Won|
|2014||Lonerism||Best Alternative Music Album||Pending|
Rolling Stone Awards
Rolling Stone Australia Awards recognise contributions to popular culture in Australia and New Zealand.
|2011||Innerspeaker||Album of the Year||Won|
|2012||Lonerism||Album of the Year||Won|
|2011||Kevin Parker||Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"||APRA Song of the Year||Won|
|2013||"Elephant"||APRA Song of the Year||Nominated|
EG Music Awards
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