Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tame Impala

Tame Impala

The Amazing

Wed, November 7, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$20 advance / $23 day of show

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This event is 18 and over

Tame Impala
Tame Impala
Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Cam Avery, Julien Barbagello, Dominic Simper, and Jay Watson. Loosely formed in 2007 from a collection of Perth bands, with some changes in members and configurations along the way, one thing remains consistent -- a shared love for rock, blues, jazz, psychedelic -- pretty much, music. Tame Impala's first release, a self-titled EP, debuted in 2008, followed by their first album "Innerspeaker" in 2010. The second, often feared but sublimely successful long-player "Lonerism " was released in 2012. They've been touring to support ever since.

Wow. Who are we kidding? You know this story. You also know that whether you're listening to an album, or watching a live show, Tame Impala is an experience that is actually mind-blowing, saturated with simplistic beauty and boundless creativity.

It was the release of "Innerspeaker" (2010) that made the world stand up and take notice of these boys from Perth. It was thanks, in part, to its irreverent, contemporary spin on assumedly dead and forgotten sounds, as well as its unique, infinitely surprising way around a melody. "Innerspeaker" was recorded and produced entirely by Kevin in a treehouse with 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean. With Flaming Lips' Dave Fridmann on mixing duties and Death in Vegas' Tim Holmes at the engineering wheel, "Innerspeaker" achieved the "absolutely explosive" sound that Parker was stretching to reach.

As each single rolled out from "Solitude is Bliss" to "Lucidity" to "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind," the world had gone from taking notice to ecstatically jumping up and down with madly flailing arms. Tours were organized, festival offers came through thick and fast, Jimmy Fallon called, and the world got to see, instead of just hear, what it was all about.

After the "Innerspeaker" chapter came to a close, the boys enjoyed a momentary respite. It wasn't long until Kevin dove back into the creative wormhole with the ideas for album number two, this time extracting the sounds from his brain by way of his trusty home recording studio. Thankfully, a portable set-up, this album was recorded around the globe, most prominently in Perth and Paris. Again, mixed by Dave Fridmann, the end result was "Lonerism," gifted to the incredibly eager world in October 2012.

In Kevin's own words, "Lonerism" incorporates "an expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective." The song writing is as joyously screwy as ever. Songs swerve when you expect them to duck, and turn in on themselves when you expect them to straighten out, there's so many melodic curveballs, it's marvellously dizzying.

With singles like "Elephant," "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" and "Keep On Lying," "Lonerism" is lyrically sweet and casual, relaxed but at times deadly serious, and remarkably, deeply amorous.

"Lonerism" received worldwide praise and endorsements from fellow artists and A-listers, garnered all-star ratings from industry and tastemakers, including perhaps the most heart-melting accolade of them all, the adorable kids of PS22 covering "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards".

Record Store Day 2014 saw a very limited and subsequent sell-out release, simply titled "Live Versions," featuring nine handpicked recordings from a Chicago show in 2013. Parker chose these songs because of how different they sound live compared to their studio counterparts.

Tame Impala were recently announced as playing headline support at 2015's Coachella and Governors Ball. An album is sure to be released by mid-2015, and subsequently, international headlining tours and music festival main stages are guaranteed to be mesmerized. The plot-thickens for Kevin Parker and his band of music-makers, as this story is proving to be an addictive page-turner.
The Amazing
The Amazing
The Amazing fell far from the tree. A natural process: slowly crystallizing into a collective – pushing, bending, then playing with any preconceived notions of pop.

When a band takes a name like The Amazing, they’d better have the chops to back it up. Happily, this Swedish outfit – a collective headed by Reine Fiske and singer-songwriter Christoffer Gunrup – are masterful enough to take that mantle on.

As friends first and foremost, it’s the band’s kindred spirit that imbues the album with a feeling unlike that of most releases – one of natural harmony, persistent progression, and with a panoramic gaze fixed on distant settings.

Gentle Stream is widescreen, panoramic, horizon-reaching stuff. An elegantly constructed record of moody psychedelic majesty; it comes with a great dose of CSNY-style Laurel Canyon bliss. Its nine songs clock in at a luxurious 50 minutes, during which astral guitars intertwine in serpentine solos, horns blast rainbow melodies, and Gunrup’s flute-like voice floats elegantly over the sunset sounds.

Nothing is introverted or overworked – between the natural melodies and soulful vocals, everything is kept in perfect balance. Gentle Stream is a feeling, an organic consequence of something that effortlessly came together.

Completing the line-up with Fredrik Swahn, Alexis Benson, Johan Holmegard, and highly rated jazz drummer Moussa Fadera, The Amazing recorded their LP in Stockholm, Sweden, and plotted their path in this incredible unison. There are countless stories to be told, including playing a show for the Swedish Royal Family and Pink Floyd, where audience member Roger Waters appreciatively caught a bouquet thrown by the band during a standing ovation. This mysterious band holds one principle dear to their hearts: “The music speaks for itself”.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211