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Tame Impala lead singer Kevin Parker is en-route to a show in Melbourne when I speak to him. Later in the night he’ll be drumming for Perth compatriots Pond. This time he’s chatting to me about Tame Impala, not the band they all thought would necessarily “make it”.

Winning gongs like the 2010 J Award, topping FL’s album of the year list and being nominated for industry bigwig awards like the Australia Music Prize ( which was awarded to Cloud Control last night ), the boys from Tame Impala are happy to take a pat on the back if it means more people are listening to their music. One thing is for sure, this kind of attention isn’t going to change the way they do things. “If the national loser kids association voted our album the best album of the year that would mean as much to us as an industry award,” Parker claims, “but it is good to know that radio stations like triple j and industry people like what we’re doing. We still feel kind of weird whenever we hear one of our songs on the radio, we haven’t graduated from the frame of mind that they’re doing it just to help us out.”

Not only have the band been making waves at home, those as far away as the UK have felt the swell building. A tour towards the end of 2010 saw the Perth band play to some big UK crowds, where not only did they get to show people what they were made of, they were also introduced to some rather important individuals, as Parker explains: “We met with a couple of people from some publishing companies, who seemed very excited, but I think that was just their personalities”.

You may think a band of Tame Impala’s impressive breakthrough status might collect the odd press clipping or two but no that’s all up to their manager. “We don’t scour the internet searching for where we’ve been mentioned, our manager just tells us how many emails she gets, our whole success has amounted to – our manager getting more emails.” Kevin tells me his efforts only take him as far as the band’s official Facebook page, “We go on the Tame Impala Facebook page because our fans really like talking to us but that’s as crazy as it gets.”

A Tame Impala record is most certainly in the works almost 12 songs have been “penned” with Kevin admitting something that might get a lot of fans excited. “With the last record we tried to keep it to 40 minutes which obviously didn’t happen so this time we were aiming to keep it shorter but as it stands we’re already looking like getting to the 50 minute mark”, Parker chuckles.

“There’s Tame Impala stuff being put together all the time, I’d actually have to stop myself from making new songs,” Parker reveals. The main song writing duties are Parker’s responsibility but he explains how the band pushes for an organic way to create their music. “I tend not to call it ‘writing songs’ because the term to write a song reminds me of sitting down with a pen and paper and writing a song, like it’s no thing. If I happen to remember something that I thought of by the time I get to a recording device I might have lost that idea, so it’s all about ideas taking shape at the right time. Whether it’s a song idea that’s come to you when you’ve broken up with your girlfriend or while you’re packing shelves at the supermarket, the one you’re most attracted to might not be the one that turns into a song.”

Catch Tame Impala at Future Music Festival:

Saturday 5th March – Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane
Sunday 6th March – Arena Joondalup, Perth
Saturday 12th March – Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Sunday 13th March – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Monday 14th March – Rundle and Rymill Park, Adelaide

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bunnyman said on the 4th Mar, 2011

this counts as a feature story?


sarahanne said on the 4th Mar, 2011

There's a second page dude


SlowerQuieter said on the 4th Mar, 2011

'Get blazed, press record' should be the band's motto. I actually really enjoyed 'Innerspeaker', there are a lot of detractors but I'm not one.


Braveheart81 said on the 4th Mar, 2011

Mooney once said that if Tame Impala were from New York, everyone would be fapping over them.

I think it's pretty true.

It's probably the smartest thing Mooney has ever come up with.

Balthazar B

Balthazar B said on the 4th Mar, 2011

I dig this band...

and NYC is over-rated.