After years of the Australian music scene being represented in America by only Jet and Wolfmother, a fresh crop of promising bands has arrived: Angus & Julia Stone, The Middle East, Crayon Fields, Twerps, Oh Mercy, and Tame Impala.
What began as a bedroom project for Kevin Parker, lead singer and guitarist of Tame Impala, has become an international success, including opening slots for The Black Keys, Yeasayer, and current tourmates MGMT. What’s even more impressive is that Parker wrote, recorded, and played every note on Impala’s spectacular debut album, InnerSpeaker, which is currently one of Rollo & Grady’s favorite albums of the year.
Tame Impala’s brand of music can be best described as psychedelic-rock, heavily influenced by Cream, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Shadows, and The Flaming Lips. Though the band’s influences are obvious, its music is surprisingly fresh and not just a carbon copy of the aforementioned bands.
I recently caught up with Kevin by phone, as the band prepared for its gig at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.