Watch Tame Impala Expertly Cover OutKast’s Smoothly Spacey ‘Prototype’
Tame Impala on festivalgoers: ‘A fucking hoard of Tarzans scoping out chicks’
Kevin Parker says at some festivals, only 10 per cent of people pay attention to the music. Speaking after their set at Bonnaroo festival (June 16), Parker told Rolling Stone that crowds at festivals have changed in recent years.
“It was a bit more wholesome back then,” he said of watching Kings of Leon in 2006 at Australia’s Big Day Out. “Back then, it was more about the music. Now, not so much. Now it’s more about muscles and how little clothing you can wear. I guess it’s the cool thing now to go to a festival. I’ve played festivals in Australia. If it’s a dance music festival or mainstream festival, there’s maybe like 10 per cent who pay attention to the music. You just see guys with muscles – essentially Tarzan. A fucking hoard of Tarzans that are like, ‘I just want to scope out all the chicks!'”
Speaking recently about when the band might follow-up their second album ‘Lonerism’, which was named Album of 2012 by NME, Parker said that the prospect of making another record “doesn’t excite” him. Meanwhile, it was recently announced that bassist Nick Allbrook has left Tame Impala and has been replaced by his Pond bandmate Cam Avery.
The Pond frontman, seen recently singing feathery backing vocals on Tame Impala’s cover of OutKast’s “Prototype,” will continue with his other music projects. Cam Avery, also of Pond, will replace Allbrook on bass for his prior group, the Australian space rockers’ behind last year’s SPIN Essential album Lonerism.
Allbrook’s last show with Tame Impala came on Saturday night at Belvoir Amphiteatre in Perth, Australia, according to a post on the band’s website. The band wrote that Allbrook “is hopping off the Tame Impala band wagon so that he can try and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into society. A task the rest of us fear we will one day have to perform….”
The talented Allbrook isn’t fully rejoining civilian life, though. “All bands and projects and stuff will keep going, it’s just hard to keep them all going if you’re touring all the time,” he told NME. “The only bad part will be not seeing my mates every day. I love them more than anything.”
Tame Impala still have a number of festival and tour dates coming up, including a handful in North America. They will be performing in two shows at Terminal 5 in NYC in October.
Tame Impala tour dates
May 23 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera
May 25 – The Gorge, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
May 26 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 27 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
May 29 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
June 17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
June 18 – Richmond, VA @ The National
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
June 21 – Schessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
June 22 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival
June 25 – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo
June 26 – Paris, France @ Olympia
June 28 – Glastonbury @ Glastonbury Festival
June 30 – Luxembourg @ Rock a Field
July 3 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
July 4 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er
July 11 – Toulouse, France @ Le Bikini
July 13 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
July 14 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Optimus Alive