After touring America with fellow headband advocates MGMT, Perth Psych-lords Tame Impala took to New York City where the majority of America’s online music media are based. So yeah, media shit storm anyone? Aside from being taken aback by the band’s youth (Says ‘SUP: “nothing could have prepared me for Tame Impala’s barely legal status” and Spin: “They’d have been hard-pressed to get into most bars in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn last night“) the general reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
The footwear adverse four piece started with an invites only Monster Children launch party at Club Coco 66 in Brooklyn (with an assist from MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden on bass guitar). The following night they played their first official NYC show at Pianos in the Lower East Side (pictures via Pitchfork here), then it was back to Brooklyn for a sold out show at Glasslands which Stereogum described thus: “the crowd goes apeshit. Sweat, psych, monster jams jammed monstrously. What do you want from a summer show?“.
Between all that the Perth lads also DJ’d at Vice’s (by all accounts ridiculous) Creators Project launch and found the time to record a live cut of “Alter Ego” at Viva Radio, American Apparel’s Brooklyn based radio station.
If that’s not enough world domination, you can also find their music on Danger Mouse’s iPod and in Julianne Moore films about lesbian parents and sperm donors.
But be careful Tame Impala. The last time an Australian band used 60’s revivalism to blow up in America this happened.
Check out live version of Tame Impala’s “Alter Ego” and “Lucidity” below…
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