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It’s been a while since Tame Impala have given any shows in Europe. This summer the Australian band will perform with a brand new show including new music at Lowlands and Pukkelpop, among others. We had the chance to go to Hurricane Festival 2019, with a killer lineup, and attend the Tame Impala show. We asked other attendees what they thought of the performance. Was it worth the wait?
Alejandra (22) – “All my dreams came true tonight”
“The first time I saw Tame Impala was in 2016 in Amsterdam. Ever since then I am in love with the music they make and longing for the next show. I was afraid they couldn’t meet my expectations, but they excelled! Everything was just perfect. The setlist, lasers, visuals and little talks of Kevin Parker were amazing! The German audience was rather ‘tame’. There was hardly any participation and little atmosphere, which is a shame. I enjoyed myself very much, all my dreams came true tonight.”
Nick (28), Louisa (24), and Phillip (25) – “Tame Impala get better with every show”
Philip (on the right): “This was the third time I saw a live performance by Tame Impala. They get better with every show, unbelievable! I thought the coolest part of the show was when they played Elephant. The intro of the song now sounded like a jam session and the moment it comes off… so many lasers!”
Louisa (in the middle): “The show exceeded all my expectations, especially the lasers were so cool!”
Nick (on the left): “I held this sign ‘Sundown Syndrome’ up during the show, because it’s my favorite song ever. They haven’t played it for a long time. When Tame Impala saw the board, they replied the band couldn’t play it because they temporarily have a new drummer. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know how to play this song. That was the only thing that could have made this show even more perfect. But now I am also very satisfied!”
Marie (17) and Brenda (18) – “The combination of lasers and music is fantastic”
“This was the first time I saw Tame Impala live and I really enjoyed it! I was particularly impressed by the amount of lasers. The show was entertaining for a festival, but I don´t think I would buy a ticket for a solo gig. I don’t love them enough for that”, says Brenda.
Next to her is Marie: “I don’t have anything to compare it with, because this is the first time I have seen Tame Impala. But this was a really cool show! Although I have to say that I agree with Brenda. I would like to see them again at a festival, but not at a solo gig”.
Anna (22) – “ I still have to process what I just saw”
“Last year I went to London specifically to see Tame Impala. They had not played in Germany for so long and I wanted to see them again. I thought the show in London was better, but this wasn’t bad at all. Kevin just seemed a bit absent, I thought that was a shame. But the new show with all the visuals, with lots of lasers and lights everywhere, was very cool. I still have to process what I just saw, it was a good show!”
Saskia (28) – “The show was better than expected”
Saskia is also very satisfied: “The show was better than expected. I was afraid it would all sound different live, because of all the autotune and radio edits I heard. But this was really good! Tame Impala really knows how to put on a show. Musically they really unpack, I thought it was fantastic!”
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Tame Impala was founded by Kevin Parker in 2007 and although Parker is touring with regular band members, the studio is really a solo project. His music can best be described as psychedelic rock and in 2008 the first EP in the homeland of Australia was an immediate success.
The first full-length albums followed in 2010 and 2012: InnerSpeaker and Lonerism. The latter is even nominated for a Grammy! But it was not untill the third album Currents, Tame Impala broke through to the general public in 2015. The fourth album is on its way and will be released this summer!