Tame Impala (Formed 1999) Tame Impala is a group formed through Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia. Other members are Dominic Simper, and Jay Watson. They are better known for their singles, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" and "Elephant".
Formation: Tame Impala formed after 13 year old Kevin Parker and Dominic Simper from Perth, got together as a band. They stuck to bedroom recordings until 2007, when Jay Watson joined them. Music Career Kevin Parkers constant uploads to Myspace eventually caused a number or labels to become interested in his work. He signed with independent Modular Recordings. In order to get the home recordings onto the stage, he got his friends Dominic Simper and Jay Watson to help him.
In September 2008, the band released their self-titled album. Australian Independent Record label saw Tame Impala gain the number one position. They also gained the number 10 position on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart, with the sings "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Half Full Glass Of Wine", and "Skeleton Tiger". In 2008, they supported bands such as The Black Keys, MGMT, and You Am I. They also performed at Festivals such as Southbound, Meredith Music and Falls. They went on tour in 2009, and performed at such places as V Festival. The group's first single was released in July 2009, on vinyl.
Following their performance at Rottofest in 2009, they embarked on their national tour, which was to last from September till October. "Sundown Syndrome" was included in the soundtrack for "The Kids Are All Right". On 21st of May 2010, the group's debut album "Innerspeaker" was released. 'Pitchfork' named it best new music. After returning to the UK and Europe in 2010, the group played one of their biggest headline shows. Noel Gallagher, Noel Fielding, Alexa Chung, and Tom Meighan attended this show. After headlining all over the USA, the band received 4 2010 ARIA Music Award nominations, including 'Album Of The Year' and 'Best Rock Album'. In November 2010, they won the J-award for album of the year.
In October 2012, Tame Impala's second album "Lonerism" was released. The band released an album teaser in June 2012, "Apocalypse Dreams" which was free on their Facebook page. The first single, "Elephant" was released in June 2012. "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was released as their second single. For the second time, "Lonerism" won the J-award for album of the year in 2012. They also won this for their "Innerspeaker" album.
In 2013, Rolling Stone picked "Lonerism" for the 2012 album of the year award. Their "Innerspeaker" album was also picked for this. In 2013, received a 2014 Grammy award nomination in the best alternative music category.
These are the albums we've been loving this month.
The second month of the year has gone by so quickly, and with, unfortunately, only a handful of good albums. No matter; February has been about experimentation, raw emotion and pure fun and these six records demonstrate those qualities wonderfully.
HMLTD - West of Eden
These kooky Londoners are one of our favourite new bands at the moment thanks to their addictive debut experimental rock album West of Eden. There's something different in every track and it's so strongly millenial that it's almost a caricature of itself - but that's by no means a bad thing. This is a band who admittedly haven't yet found their sound, but we're happy to listen to them trying to find it.
Add these albums to your waiting list now.
This month looks to be all about long-awaited returns from established artists. These are are seven most eagerly anticipated albums coming up in February 2020 - though we have a feeling these are just the tip of the icerberg...
La Roux - Supervision
It feels like a lifetime since her last album Trouble In Paradise was released, but six years on La Roux is finally here with album three Supervision. Now the solo project of Elly Jackson, we don't know entirely what to expect, though her latest single Automatic Driver gives us positive vibes.
Continue reading: Upcoming Releases: What Albums Are We Waiting For This Month?
What's coming in 2020?
It's a new year and a new decade, so we're hoping it gets off to a good start in the world of music. There are some pretty exciting upcoming releases for 2020, from some of music's biggest legends, so we're confident we won't be left disappointed.
Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
It's been the longest they've ever gone without releasing an album, but six years after UK number one 'So Long, See You Tomorrow', Bombay Bicycle Club return with 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong'. They also have a new label, Mmm... Records, and if the title single and lead single 'Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)' are anything to go by, it will be another stellar hit.
Continue reading: Eight Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2020
Sometimes you can see one but not the other.
We can't be the only ones to get stressed when asked "What kind of music do you like?". Literally everything. That's the answer. We have what is known as eclectic taste, which means that organising an itinerary for something like Glastonbury leaves us with some very difficult decicions. Here are the most painful clashes we've seen on this year's bill.
1. Stormzy and Tame Impala (22:15 - 23:45)
Continue reading: Glastonbury's Most Heartbreaking Schedule Clashes For Music Eclectics
The full 2019 line-up for Coachella Festival was revealed this week.
Famed for its glitz, glamour, sunshine and A-list celebrity attendees, Coachella is held annually in the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on consecutive weekends in mid-April. In 2019, it’s set to take place on the weekends of April 12th-14th and April 19th-21st, with the three days of acts identical over each weekend.
On the two Friday nights, joining Childish Gambino – the stage name of actor and musician Donald Glover – will be big-name producer Diplo, rapper Anderson .Paak and English indie-pop act The 1975.
Thursday: As you walk the steady incline up to the festival site, chatter sparks from all directions from your fellow festival-goers as you reach the first gate to pass through. Swallowed by the atmosphere, you briefly snap out of your daze and remind yourself that you're surrounded by your friends equally happy to be reunited together.
Todd Terje is on in 20 minutes at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage. Inhaling from my cigarette I look up and see a small stage to my left but more impressively, the Parc Del Forum at large. It's a beautiful structure which dominates the immediate skyline, towering over the site and its weekend habitants with the Mediterranean ocean stretching out behind it. You're at Primavera Sound - and trust me when I say that it's one of the best festivals you can experience on this side of the Atlantic.
We enter the Sound System Stage and I immediately notice that the speakers are ridiculously crisp. With Terje about to start, we queue up for some incredibly boozy mojitos and caipirinhas and head over to the tent which is already packed at 4pm. He is warmly welcomed onto the stage by a happy-go-lucky crowd as he punches into his much loved disco-revivalism, fiddles with classics and modern tracks alike as well as throwing in a couple of his much beloved hits.
Continue reading: Primavera Sound Festival - Live Review
If ever an album epitomised the change of direction in someone's life, Tame Impala's new album 'Currents' more than fits the bill, as the new record will surely have some fans wondering where the original sound has gone.
If you are searching for the psychedelic-indie-rock of their first two albums you may be disappointed, however those willing to embrace someone's new journey, walk of life and sound, you will be pleased.
Kevin Parker, aka Mr Tame Impala himself, has composed a new album that touches on all the new things in his life, and they are fairly evident throughout; a recent friendship with Mark Ronson, who brought out the Aussie for some big hits at Glastonbury, does seemed to have rubbed off on him, and, most notably, the break-up with his girlfriend as this unconventionally tells the story of him terminating the relationship.
Continue reading: Tame Impala - Currents Album Review
The good news is the quality of the latest acts announced.
The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.
Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.
Continue reading: Lowlands 2015! We Have Good News And Bad News...
Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.
Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.
Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.