The members of Pond / Tame Impala are close friends. Currently, Jay Watson is the only full time member of both bands. Cam and Julien have contributed to Pond in the past. Kevin produces their albums and is listed as a past member. The lead singer of Pond played with Tame Impala until 2013.
Early Story from Wiki: The origins of the act 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 in 2007 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 in July 2008. 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.
Major Discography + Year + Metacritic Score + Quick Note + 2 Tracks That Have A Strong Chance to be played at Bonnaroo
Innerspeaker 2010 Not featured on Metacritic. My guess is it would be in the 82-85 range. Rolling Stone gave it album of the year in 2010. This one is a very easy and enjoyable listen. Maybe the least inventive but it also seemed to kick off a big wave of psych rock in the 2010s.
Lonerism 2012 88 The best Tame Impala album... easily in my opinion.
Currents 2015 84 Not as big on this full album, but it contains a few of the best Tame Impala bangers.
The Slow Rush 2020 81 Still processing this album but I am enjoying it quite a bit so far. I think the live show will be better for it. Even if the songs are setlist filler to you, you'll be dancing to that filler as opposed to just hearing a boring slow pop song from Currents that derails the show.
Sounds Like Genre: Psych Pop Similar Artists:Pond, Unknown Mortal Orchestra Similar Bonnaroo Artists: At this point, I'm thinking The 1975 and Glass Animals.
Suggested Listening If you haven't listened to Tame Impala, I would listen to all of Lonersim, The Slow Rush and Let It Happen, The Less I Know the Better, and Eventually in preparation for the show. To be honest, watching Tame Impala live shows on Youtube doesn't do much for me. I think they sound great when you are there but not really when watching a video of it.
Physical Reaction/Live Show I've seen Tame Impala three times now. Twice at Bonnaroo. In 2013, they put on one of my favorite shows ever in The Other Tent. I'll always remember Tame Impala and Caribou for late afternoon Sunday tent sets that left me allllll fired up about life. I legitimately thought the tent had a chance of collapsing during Half Glass Full of Wine. That thing fucking banged so hard live and it has now been totally discarded. Pre and Post Currents shows are worlds different from each other. In 2016, I saw Tame on the Which directly after LCD Soundsystem. A lot of us did. I think LCD just crushed so hard that Tame's show felt so insignificant afterwards. I was also pretty far back and it was the Which Stage, so those factors don't help. At the end of the day, Lane 8 in the Silent Disco sticks out more to me when I think about Friday 2016... that's not a great note. I was a little down on Tame after this show and Currents in general. Then I saw them again in St. Augustine in 2019. While the setlist was very similar to Bonnaroo 2016, the show was much better. Feels like the light show and energy all around was much better. The performance of Elephant was straight heat.
Also - Confetti!
I added a personal tone to all of the above. Lonerism >>>. At the end of the day, Tame Impala has like 7-8 monumental songs (ranked below) and one monumental album for me. That's the best way to personally to boil down why the band is significant to me.
1. Let It Happen 2. Elephant 3. Apocalypse Dreams 4. Why Won't They Talk To Me? 5. Eventually 6. It's Not Meant To Be 7. Mind Mischief 8. Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? 9. Solitude is Bliss 10. Endors Toi
I think One More Year and It Might Be Time have a shot to crack that list at some point.
We've seen a lot of album rankings, but how would you guys and gals rank your top 5 or 10 Tame songs? Does anything from The Slow Rush stand out yet as a song you might include now or in the future?
Post by Hector Salamanca on Feb 17, 2020 14:06:57 GMT -5
Off the top of my head:
Let It Happen Apocalypse Dreams Feels Like We Only Go Backwards Elephant Mind Mischief New Person, Same Old Mistakes Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? Love/Paranoia Why Won't They Talk To Me? Half Full Glass of Wine
I could see Posthumous Forgiveness, Borderline, and Breathe Deeper at some point making this list, but not quite yet.
Post by Crool Hand Luke on Feb 19, 2020 16:18:59 GMT -5
This would be my ideal (but never going to happen) 16 song Tame setlist. I'll try to remember to update this when I've had more time to process The Slow Rush.
1.) Be Above It 2.) Let It Happen 3.) Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? 4.) Solitude Is Bliss 5.) Mind Mischief 6.) Lucidity 7.) Eventually 8.) Why Won't They Talk To Me? 9.) Feels Like We Only Go Backwards 10.) It's Not Meant To Be 11.) Desire Be Desire Go 12.) The Less I Know The Better 13.) Elephant
Encore: 14.) Bold Arrow Of Time 15.) Apocalypse Dreams 16.) Half Full Glass Of Wine
1. Mind Mischief 2. Runway Houses City Clouds 3. It is not meant to be 4. Expectation 5. Past Life 6. Alter Ego 7. Apocalypse Dreams 8. One More Hour 9. Breathe Deeper 10. Endors Toi
I’m really liking Tomorrow’s Dust and Lost in Yesterday is growing on me. Lost in Yesterday feels like the “The Less I know the Better” of this album if that makes sense, but Lost in Yesterday has grown on me way more than TLIKTB probably ever will. I really enjoy every song on the new album though.