Former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook explains surprise exit from band on Saturday (May 18)

Allbrook is to be replaced by one of his Pond bandmates

Former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook explains surprise exit from band on Saturday (May 18)

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Former Tame Impala bassist Nick Allbrook has explained his reasons for quitting the smash hit band, whose 'Lonerism' was named NME's album of 2012.

A post on the band's official website on Saturday confirmed that Allbrook left the band following the evening's performance at Belvoir Amphitheatre in Upper Swan, Australia.

The post explained that Allbrook needed to "try and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into society." Speaking to NME, Allbrook – who is also frontman for fellow psychedelic rockers Pond (pictured below right), explained his departure as a matter of time management. "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 said. "The only bad part will be not seeing my mates every day. I love them more than anything."

While Allbrook will retain duties in Pond, another member of Pond will replace him in Tame Impala. The post explains: "Heir to the throne is our long time super best musical blood brother Cam Avery, ape/womaniser/former pro golfer. You may remember Cam from such bands as The Growl and POND, neither of which he actually plays bass for but uuuh that's how we roll."

The post continues to pay tribute to Allbrook. "Anyway anyone who saw us during the Allbrook era will know how awesome nick is, so cam has big shoes to fill, which is fortunate because Cam has big feet. big stinky feet that leave sock footprints in your house when he comes in and he's like, hey man can I sleep on youz guysez' couch? ...We're super happy for our bro Nick and wish him well in all his various fucking awesome artistic spewings and endeavours that he'll actually have time for now.. Good on ya brah."

Tame Impala play London's Hammersmith Apollo on June 25. To check the availability of Tame Impala tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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