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OriginTame Impala_header_cell_0_2_0 Perth, Western Australia, AustraliaTame Impala_cell_0_2_1
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MembersTame Impala_header_cell_0_9_0 Kevin ParkerTame Impala_cell_0_9_1

Tame Impala is the psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker. Tame Impala_sentence_0

In the recording studio, Parker writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project's music. Tame Impala_sentence_1

As a touring act, Tame Impala consists of Parker (guitar, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). Tame Impala_sentence_2

The group has a close affiliation with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, sharing members and collaborators, including Nick Allbrook, formerly a live member of Tame Impala. Tame Impala_sentence_3

Originally signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is now signed to Interscope Records in the US, and Fiction Records in the UK. Tame Impala_sentence_4

Parker originally conceived the project in Perth in 2007. Tame Impala_sentence_5

After a series of singles and EPs, Tame Impala's debut studio album, Innerspeaker, was released in 2010; it was certified gold in Australia and well received by critics. Tame Impala_sentence_6

Parker's 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Tame Impala_sentence_7

Tame Impala's third album, Currents, was released in July 2015, and like its predecessor, it won ARIA Awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. Tame Impala_sentence_8

Parker won the APRA Award for Song of the Year 2016 for Currents' first track, "Let It Happen". Tame Impala_sentence_9

The fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, was released 14 February 2020. Tame Impala_sentence_10

At the 2020 ARIA Music Awards the group won five trophies. Tame Impala_sentence_11

History Tame Impala_section_0

2007–2008: Early career Tame Impala_section_1

The origins of the act can be found in the Perth music scene. Tame Impala_sentence_12

Parker played in a number of bands, one being the Dee Dee Dums, a rock duo that consisted of Parker (guitar) and Luke Epstein (drums). Tame Impala_sentence_13

Tame Impala emerged in 2007 as a Kevin Parker home-recording project in this period and he posted a number of tracks on Myspace. Tame Impala_sentence_14

This brought interest from a number of labels and eventually, he signed a worldwide deal with the independent Modular Recordings in July 2008. Tame Impala_sentence_15

To transfer these recordings to a live-stage, Parker enlisted the help of Dominic Simper (bass) and Jay Watson (drums) and began playing at some local gigs. Tame Impala_sentence_16

2008–2009: Tame Impala EP Tame Impala_section_2

The signing was soon followed by the release of their self-titled EP in September 2008. Tame Impala_sentence_17

It reached the number 1 position on the Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR) Chart and number 10 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart, with three songs, "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Half Full Glass of Wine" and "Skeleton Tiger" receiving national radio airplay on the Triple J radio station. Tame Impala_sentence_18

Tours in 2008 included supports for You Am I, The Black Keys, Yeasayer and MGMT, as well as performances at Southbound Festival, Meredith Music Festival and Falls Festival, and national headline tours in support of their EP. Tame Impala_sentence_19

Tours in 2009 included a sold-out six-date "Skeleton Tiger" national headline tour and a five-date UK tour (including Nevereverland UK), as well as performances at V Festival and Groovin The Moo, and a stadium tour with The Living End and Gyroscope. Tame Impala_sentence_20

Tame Impala appeared on Triple J's Hottest 100 list in 2008—their first appearance on the list—with "Half Full Glass of Wine" at number 75. Tame Impala_sentence_21

The song is also on the Hottest 100 compilation album. Tame Impala_sentence_22

2009–2010: "Sundown Syndrome" Tame Impala_section_3

Tame Impala's first single, "Sundown Syndrome", was recorded at Toerag Studios in London, UK, with recording engineer Liam Watson, while the band was in the UK in March 2009. Tame Impala_sentence_23

"Sundown Syndrome" was premiered by Richard Kingsmill on his "2009" show on Triple J on Sunday 10 May 2009. Tame Impala_sentence_24

The song was released in July 2009 on vinyl, and digitally with a cover of "Remember Me" by DJ Blue Boy. Tame Impala_sentence_25

The band then headlined the inaugural "Rottofest" in August 2009, an annual comedy, film and music festival held on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. Tame Impala_sentence_26

Following Rottofest, they embarked on a national tour through September and October 2009 in support of the single. Tame Impala_sentence_27

"Remember Me" appeared at number 78 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2009. Tame Impala_sentence_28

"Sundown Syndrome" was included on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All Right. Tame Impala_sentence_29

"Half Full Glass of Wine" was used in HBO's popular television series Entourage as the closing song for an episode. Tame Impala_sentence_30

Tame Impala appeared at the Australian/New Zealand Big Day Out festival in early 2010, performing alongside bands such as Muse, The Mars Volta, Kasabian and Rise Against. Tame Impala_sentence_31

2010: Innerspeaker Tame Impala_section_4

Main article: Innerspeaker Tame Impala_sentence_32

Tame Impala's debut album Innerspeaker was released on 21 May 2010. Tame Impala_sentence_33

In the UK the official release date was 28 June, but iTunes accidentally made it available for purchase on 12 May. Tame Impala_sentence_34

The album was released in the United States on 8 June to general and critical acclaim. Tame Impala_sentence_35

Pitchfork named it Best New Music. Tame Impala_sentence_36

In an interview with Triple J talking about the album's nomination for the J Award, Parker stated that they had secretly been recording a new album. Tame Impala_sentence_37

"Jay and I have been recording pretty compulsively and album number two is nearing potential completion already and I'm so excited about it that I'm having trouble keeping myself from telling you all about it". Tame Impala_sentence_38

This came only months after Innerspeaker was released. Tame Impala_sentence_39

The group toured in mid-2010, commencing the Innerspeaker album tour on 13 May 2010 as the opening act for MGMT's 2010 American tour. Tame Impala_sentence_40

The band returned to Australia to play at Splendour in the Grass festival, which was followed by a European Tour in July (including an appearance at the Reading Festival) and a national Australian tour in October. Tame Impala_sentence_41

In November they returned to the UK and Europe for a fifteen date tour, including their largest London headline show to date which was attended by Noel Gallagher, Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Noel Fielding, Alexa Chung and Alison Mosshart, the band then went on to the United States and Canada for twenty headline dates including sold-out shows in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Tame Impala_sentence_42

They also received four 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which include, "Album of the Year" and "Best Rock Album" for Innerspeaker, "Best Group" and also "Breakthrough Artist". Tame Impala_sentence_43

On 29 November 2010, Innerspeaker won Australian youth-oriented radio network Triple J's highest honour, winning the J Award for Album of the Year. Tame Impala_sentence_44

2011–2014: Lonerism Tame Impala_section_5

Main article: Lonerism Tame Impala_sentence_45

Tame Impala's second album, Lonerism was released in 2012 and was mixed by Dave Fridmann. Tame Impala_sentence_46

Parker said that Lonerism "represents a departure from his previous work by incorporating an expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective". Tame Impala_sentence_47

It was created in a similar set up as Innerspeaker, whereby Parker wrote and recorded the majority of the album by himself at his home in Perth, Western Australia. Tame Impala_sentence_48

Parts of the recording also occurred in Parker's home studio in France. Tame Impala_sentence_49

While in France, Parker produced and played on the self-titled dream pop album by Melody's Echo Chamber, the project of French singer Melody Prochet. Tame Impala_sentence_50

As a result, one of the tracks on Lonerism is titled "Endors Toi", which roughly translates from French to English as "fall asleep". Tame Impala_sentence_51

The album cover is a photo taken by Parker of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France, with additional editing by Leif Podhajsky, a graphic designer who created the album art for Innerspeaker. Tame Impala_sentence_52

The image ties into the themes of isolation of Lonerism, with a metal gate separating the viewer from the people in the Gardens. Tame Impala_sentence_53

The band released the song "Apocalypse Dreams" for free download on 7 July 2012. Tame Impala_sentence_54

The first single "Elephant" was released in July 2012. Tame Impala_sentence_55

The album was released on 5 October in Australia, 8 October in the United Kingdom and 9 October in the United States. Tame Impala_sentence_56

StillinRock described it as the best album of the year. Tame Impala_sentence_57

The album features the songs "Apocalypse Dreams" and "Elephant", which are some of the first songs that Parker has co-written with Watson. Tame Impala_sentence_58

"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was released as the second single. Tame Impala_sentence_59

In November 2012, Lonerism won the 2012 J Award for Australian Album of the Year. Tame Impala_sentence_60

It was the second time Tame Impala had won the award, after also winning it for their debut album Innerspeaker in 2010. Tame Impala_sentence_61

They are the first band to win the J Award more than once. Tame Impala_sentence_62

In January 2013, Lonerism was selected by Rolling Stone for the 2012 Album of the Year award after the band also won the award in 2011 for Innerspeaker. Tame Impala_sentence_63

It was also announced as album of the year by UK magazine NME. Tame Impala_sentence_64

Additionally, Lonerism was voted number one overall in Rolling Stone, Triple J, NME, Filter, Urban Outfitters, FasterLouder and Obscure Sound's 2012 Album of the Year polls. Tame Impala_sentence_65

Lonerism became the first Australian album to win NME's album of the year. Tame Impala_sentence_66

"Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" appeared at number 7 and 9 respectively in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2012. Tame Impala_sentence_67

The band began an international tour in 2012 through 2013, supported by The Growl. Tame Impala_sentence_68

During this tour, they played major festivals, such as Coachella, Sasquatch Festival, and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Tame Impala_sentence_69

For this tour Watson switched from drums to keyboards and Parker recruited Julien Barbagallo on drums. Tame Impala_sentence_70

In September 2012, Tame Impala's first U.S. feature appeared on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 82nd issue. Tame Impala_sentence_71

On 18 May 2013, it was announced via Facebook that Allbrook would leave the band to focus on other musical endeavours, and that Cam Avery of Pond and The Growl would take his place. Tame Impala_sentence_72

Allbrook played his final gig with the band on their last Australian tour date of 2013 at Perth's Belvoir Amphitheatre, the same venue that Allbrook played his first gig with the band at in 2008. Tame Impala_sentence_73

As a farewell gesture, the band played a cover of Outkast's "Prototype". Tame Impala_sentence_74

Lonerism received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination in December 2013 in the Best Alternative Music Album category. Tame Impala_sentence_75

2015–2017: Currents Tame Impala_section_6

Main article: Currents Tame Impala_sentence_76

It is believed that Parker started recording the follow-up album to Lonerism at the beginning of 2014, due to various Instagram posts that showed recording taking place at the Wave House in Western Australia, where the debut album Innerspeaker was recorded. Tame Impala_sentence_77

Prior to this, Parker had been touring with Tame Impala and working on other musical projects, including his disco-funk band, AAA Aardvark Getdown Services. Tame Impala_sentence_78

Parker said in May 2013: Tame Impala_sentence_79

In May 2014, Parker spoke of his growing inclination toward the recording of another album in a triple J radio interview, explaining that: "I'm getting more and more sucked into the world of making an album. Tame Impala_sentence_80

It's weird how it happens naturally, it's almost feels like a seasonal thing. Tame Impala_sentence_81

I've started to think about tracklistings and all the things that come with an album." Tame Impala_sentence_82

Describing the sound of the new album, Parker said "I'm gonna try to make it a bit more minimal this time; only use what's needed ... instead of a supreme pizza, where you just throw everything on". Tame Impala_sentence_83

Watson added: "[It’s] probably gonna be less rock again and more electronic again, even more than the last one". Tame Impala_sentence_84

Parker later stated that the inspiration behind the new polished sound of Tame Impala's third album came from listening to a Fleetwood Mac song. Tame Impala_sentence_85

He said that the pureness and cleanness of Fleetwood Mac's song prompted him to attempt to create a more streamlined musical style within Currents. Tame Impala_sentence_86

On 6 January 2015, Spinning Top Music announced that a new Tame Impala album will be released in 2015. Tame Impala_sentence_87

During the same month, it was announced that the band would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015. Tame Impala_sentence_88

On 11 March 2015, a new song entitled "Let It Happen" was released as a free download. Tame Impala_sentence_89

On 5 April 2015, Tame Impala announced and released the album cover for Currents in a Facebook post. Tame Impala_sentence_90

A few hours later the band released the first official single from the upcoming album on Facebook called "'Cause I'm a Man". Tame Impala_sentence_91

Later that month, on 22 April 2015, Tame Impala officially released "Let it Happen" as the second single from the album. Tame Impala_sentence_92

One week later, on 29 April 2015, Kevin Parker held an AMA on reddit, where he provoked fans to ask him to release a new song, then responding with "Disciples", which became the first promotion single for the upcoming album Currents. Tame Impala_sentence_93

On 7 May 2015, the band announced that the album would be released in 17 July 2015 and released the third official single, "Eventually". Tame Impala_sentence_94

During the same 30 April 2015 reddit AMA, Parker said, "Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala's record sales outside of Australia I had received.... zero dollars. Tame Impala_sentence_95

Someone high up spent the money before it got to me. Tame Impala_sentence_96

I may never get that money." Tame Impala_sentence_97

In October 2017, a Collector's Edition of Currents was announced. Tame Impala_sentence_98

Released on 17 November, it included three B-sides and two remixes. Tame Impala_sentence_99

2018: Other projects Tame Impala_section_7

By the end of 2017, Tame Impala announced that they agreed to play the 2018 Mad Cool musical concert in Spain, which would be the first live music show the band agreed to play in 2018. Tame Impala_sentence_100

Tame Impala also played a headline set at London's Citadel Festival in July 2018. Tame Impala_sentence_101

In July 2018, during an interview with Beats 1 anchor host Matt Wilkinson, Parker confirmed for the first time that he had begun working on a new Tame Impala album, adding that he was "ready to play some other songs live" and expressing an interest to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2019. Tame Impala_sentence_102

He also stated that he would be "very disappointed" if the new record by Tame Impala wasn't released by summer 2019. Tame Impala_sentence_103

On 1 July 2018, Tame Impala teamed up with artist ZHU to create the single "My Life". Tame Impala_sentence_104

In October 2018, Parker played bass for rapper Travis Scott for a performance of "Skeletons/Astrothunder" on Saturday Night Live, with singer-songwriter John Mayer also part of the backing band. Tame Impala_sentence_105

On 10 October, the band was scheduled to headline the first night of the annual Desert Daze festival in its new location in Moreno Beach, but had to cut their set short after three songs due to inclement weather. Tame Impala_sentence_106

On 14 October, female R&B singer SZA released the single "Together" on YouTube, which is billed as "SZA featuring Tame Impala." Tame Impala_sentence_107

Later that month, on 31 October, rapper Theophilus London released a new single in collaboration with Tame Impala under the moniker of Theo Impala. Tame Impala_sentence_108

2019–present: The Slow Rush Tame Impala_section_8

Main article: The Slow Rush Tame Impala_sentence_109

On 2 January 2019, Tame Impala was announced as a headliner for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Tame Impala_sentence_110

They also headlined the 2020 Primavera Sound festival, making them only the second Australian act to do so. Tame Impala_sentence_111

Around the same time, Parker announced that he expected to release a new album during that summer. Tame Impala_sentence_112

The 2020 album is named The Slow Rush and features 12 tracks recorded in Los Angeles and in Parker's hometown of Fremantle, Australia. Tame Impala_sentence_113

On 21 March, Tame Impala released the single "Patience", and has teased new music on Instagram for the forthcoming album. Tame Impala_sentence_114

They were the musical guest for Saturday Night Live on 30 March, with host Sandra Oh. Tame Impala_sentence_115

On the show, the band performed "Patience" and a new song, "Borderline", which was released 12 April. Tame Impala_sentence_116

On 25 October, Tame Impala revealed the title of their fourth studio album, The Slow Rush. Tame Impala_sentence_117

Three days later on 28 October, they released the song "It Might Be Time". Tame Impala_sentence_118

On 3 December, Tame Impala released the single "Posthumous Forgiveness". Tame Impala_sentence_119

The album was released on 14 February 2020. Tame Impala_sentence_120

Josh Terry of Vice named Tame Impala his "Artist of the Decade" for the 2010s, writing, "No artist captured how genres cross-pollinated throughout the 2010s better than Tame Impala". Tame Impala_sentence_121

He added: "In the age of streaming and the big-box festival bubble, Parker's discography seems factory-made for both a crowd of thousands and a chill night alone with a vibe-heavy playlist" and that "his music embodies the technology-driven sense of loneliness of this decade better than any of his peers". Tame Impala_sentence_122

"The Less I Know the Better" was voted number one in Triple J's Hottest 100 of the Decade on 14 March 2020. Tame Impala_sentence_123

This was the highest ranking for Tame Impala in a Hottest 100 Countdown and the first the project had attained number one in any Hottest 100 (the same song had previously placed fourth in the 2015 Hottest 100). Tame Impala_sentence_124

On 20 March 2020, Parker appeared on The Weeknd's album After Hours, producing and providing background vocals on a track called "Repeat After Me (Interlude)". Tame Impala_sentence_125

At the 2020 ARIA Music Awards in November, Tame Impala won a further five trophies: Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album, Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year for The Slow Rush. Tame Impala_sentence_126

Musical style Tame Impala_section_9

Parker's decision to make the music for Tame Impala in the studio by himself is a result of Parker liking "the kind of music that is the result of one person constructing an awesome symphony of sound. Tame Impala_sentence_127

You can layer your own voice 700 times for half a second if you want, and I just love that kind of music". Tame Impala_sentence_128

However, Parker has to translate his music to a live setting with the band, and the band doesn't play the songs until they have been recorded. Tame Impala_sentence_129

"The only jamming that's done as a band is done a long time after the song is recorded for the sake of the live environment. Tame Impala_sentence_130

It's good for us, because we can take a song that's been recorded and do what we want to it: slow it down, speed it up, make it 10 seconds or 10 minutes long. Tame Impala_sentence_131

It gives us a lot of freedom." Tame Impala_sentence_132

Some favoured and often-used effects by Parker include phasing, delay, reverb and fuzz. Tame Impala_sentence_133

Experimentation with different effects pedals such as Roland RE-20 Space Echo, has led to Parker creating new and unique sounds. Tame Impala_sentence_134

"If you make an effort to not put the pedals in the order you're meant to, then you'll end up with something new sounding. Tame Impala_sentence_135

We don't have any things that we got from another planet or anything, it's the same things everyone else has used." Tame Impala_sentence_136

"People have a distortion pedal and then a reverb pedal. Tame Impala_sentence_137

A reverb is meant to make it sound like it's in a cathedral or something. Tame Impala_sentence_138

If you put it the other way around, it won't sound like a guitar being played in a church, it'll sound like a church being stuffed inside a shoebox and then exploded. Tame Impala_sentence_139

You can do different things just by treating things differently." Tame Impala_sentence_140

Parker's process for making music is "I’ll have a sudden, spontaneous vision of a song, have all the parts mapped out in mind, and do my best to record it as quick as I can. Tame Impala_sentence_141

I’ll find my eight-track and do a quick demo of just the riff, or a verse or a chorus. Tame Impala_sentence_142

The song will go for like 30 seconds. Tame Impala_sentence_143

I’ll have a whole bunch of them [demos] and then I’ll just choose which ones to make into full songs". Tame Impala_sentence_144

Parker has a strong sense of melody in his music, having composed "excessively melodic music from about the age of 12 to 15". Tame Impala_sentence_145

For Parker, the music comes before the lyrics, "I usually write the lyrics after the melody and its timing have been decided. Tame Impala_sentence_146

But the words have to be meaningful. Tame Impala_sentence_147

I try to synchronise certain words with the best parts of the melody, but it can be really difficult and does my head in. Tame Impala_sentence_148

I like to keep the meaning pretty open and ambiguous so that it's not just me that gets something out of the lyrics. Tame Impala_sentence_149

I usually write lyrics from a persona rather than tell a specific story." Tame Impala_sentence_150

Parker also said "Usually I am sufficiently motivated to think of new songs everyday, but I usually forget them. Tame Impala_sentence_151

I seem to get an emotional kick out of sensing feelings of general desperation or hopelessness, whether it's me or someone near me or someone in a movie or anything. Tame Impala_sentence_152

It's really difficult to sit down and force yourself to write a song, and that forced nature usually comes out in the song so I just have to wait until they come to me." Tame Impala_sentence_153

Influences Tame Impala_section_10

Parker's music is heavily influenced by late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic rock, which is achieved through various production methods. Tame Impala_sentence_154

Parker said that he has a "fetish for extremely sugary pop music" from artists like Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. Tame Impala_sentence_155

Parker also loves "fucked-up explosive cosmic music" in the vein of The Flaming Lips, with whom Parker collaborated on the track "Children of the Moon" in 2012, for the release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. Tame Impala_sentence_156

Combining these two things, My Bloody Valentine have influenced Parker's music with their contrasting combination of loud guitars and ethereal melodies. Tame Impala_sentence_157

Parker has "always been in love with the wall of sound as employed by My Bloody Valentine" and he tries to capture that "melancholy dreamy feel". Tame Impala_sentence_158

Parker tries to incorporate this balance into his own music. Tame Impala_sentence_159

"If I was singing, I wouldn't be able to match the tone of the instruments, which is really crunchy. Tame Impala_sentence_160

The instruments are quite sonically brutal, but the voice is really soft, and I think that kind of resonates with people. Tame Impala_sentence_161

It's kind of like My Bloody Valentine, where it's really brutal sounding, but kind of beautiful at the same time". Tame Impala_sentence_162

Tame Impala live drummer Jay Watson has described Parker's music as containing "shoegazey guitar sound, but not played in a shoegazey manner". Tame Impala_sentence_163

Electronic music is another influence. Tame Impala_sentence_164

Parker has used rock instrumentation in an electronic manner, saying "The way we do music, it's organic, but it's meant to be quite repetitive and hypnotic, almost in a kind of electronic nature. Tame Impala_sentence_165

Using our playing as though it was a living sample". Tame Impala_sentence_166

A heavy feature on Innerspeaker is a pitch-shifted guitar tone that many mistook for a synth. Tame Impala_sentence_167

Parker mentioned this by saying "I had a few obsessions when recording Innerspeaker. Tame Impala_sentence_168

One was to make the guitars sound like synths and drums sound like drum samples and pretty much anything except guitars and drums. Tame Impala_sentence_169

I'm obsessed with confusing people as to the origin of a sound." Tame Impala_sentence_170

Parker was inspired to take up various creative endeavours at a young age, "I used to draw a lot when I was very young, and I used to get the most immense feeling of satisfaction from finishing a picture and looking back at it, even though I wasn't actually that good. Tame Impala_sentence_171

When I started playing music I got the same feeling from making a song, even if it was just a few noises or drum patterns put together. Tame Impala_sentence_172

It was all about the buzz from making something from nothing. Tame Impala_sentence_173

Music always affected me greatly as a listener anyway, usually from listening to music in my dad's car or listening to him play guitar." Tame Impala_sentence_174

Lo-fi music is also a favourite of Parker's, and he incorporated it heavily in the early days of Tame Impala, heard prominently on the Tame Impala EP. Tame Impala_sentence_175

With the release of Innerspeaker, Parker went for a different approach to a lo-fi sound, aiming more for a more cosmic and sonic wall of sound, helped by mixer Dave Fridmann. Tame Impala_sentence_176

Parker explained "It sounds more cohesive, like an organism. Tame Impala_sentence_177

It has a different emotion to it, it brings out a different feeling when it's absolutely blaring at you. Tame Impala_sentence_178

I love that sound." Tame Impala_sentence_179

Parker has also stated that Supertramp, one of his favourite bands, are a major influence on the musical style of Tame Impala. Tame Impala_sentence_180

Despite their difference in sound, he feels he is always somewhat "channeling Supertramp". Tame Impala_sentence_181

He has said that listening to the Bee Gees on mushrooms inspired him to change the sound of the music he was making on Currents. Tame Impala_sentence_182

Members Tame Impala_section_11

Studio Tame Impala_section_12

Tame Impala_unordered_list_0

  • Kevin Parker – all vocals and instruments, production (2007–present)Tame Impala_item_0_0

Live Tame Impala_section_13

Tame Impala_unordered_list_1

  • Kevin Parker – vocals, guitar (2007–present)Tame Impala_item_1_1
  • Jay Watson – drums (2007–2012); synthesiser, guitar, backing vocals (2012–present)Tame Impala_item_1_2
  • Dominic Simper – bass guitar (2007–2010); guitar, synthesiser, keyboards (2010–present)Tame Impala_item_1_3
  • Julien Barbagallo – drums, backing vocals (2012–present)Tame Impala_item_1_4
  • Cam Avery – bass guitar, backing vocals (2013–present), synthesizer (2019–present)Tame Impala_item_1_5

Former live members Tame Impala_section_14

Tame Impala_unordered_list_2

  • Nick Allbrook – guitar, synthesiser, bass guitar (2009–2013)Tame Impala_item_2_6
  • Loren Humphrey – drums (2019)Tame Impala_item_2_7

Live band timeline Tame Impala_section_15

Discography Tame Impala_section_16

Main article: Tame Impala discography Tame Impala_sentence_183

Tame Impala_unordered_list_3

Awards and nominations Tame Impala_section_17

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Tame Impala Tame Impala_sentence_184

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tame Impala.