From their remarkable debut ‘Innerspeaker’ in 2010 to headlining Coachella later this year, Aussie psych rockers Tame Impala have enjoyed an astonishing rise. Over the course of their three albums, they’ve won over thousands of fans with their woozy tunes: each album further cementing their place on the top of countless festival bills.
Yet it’s been almost four years since the band’s last record, the stonking, R&B infused ‘Currents’, and fans are still eagerly awaiting Tame Impala’s fourth album – but this year, they could be in luck. With frontman Kevin Parker previously saying he’d be disappointed if the band’s next album wasn’t out before the summer, 2019 could be the year of Tame Impala. Here, then, is everything we know so far about the band’s upcoming fourth LP.
- Tame Impala perform ‘Patience’ and unreleased song ‘Borderline’ on SNL (March 30) – watch below
- The band share a clip of brand new music from inside the studio (March 10)
When can we expect new music from Tame Impala?
At some point in 2019! When it was announced that Tame Impala would be headlining Coachella in 2019, the band shared a picture of the festival line-up on Instagram accompanied by the tantalising caption: “New year. New shows. New sounds.”
The band first gave us clues as to what their new album will sound like after sharing a clip of their first new music over on Instagram (March 10). You can listen to the new music below:
Earlier in March, the band released comeback single ‘Patience‘, which NME’s El Hunt wrote is “custom-made for the world’s biggest stages.”
On March 30, Parker and co. performed the song on SNL as well as new song ‘Borderline’.
When will the new Tame Impala album be released?
This is currently unconfirmed. However, Kevin Parker has said he’d be disappointed if the band didn’t release their new album by summer. Asked by Beats 1 DJ Matt Wilkinson if there’d be a new album in 2019, Parker said: “I would very much hope so. I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t have something out by then.
“I mean, I love playing the songs live – I love playing ‘Currents’ songs, I love playing ‘Lonerism’ songs and everything – but I think I’m ready to play some other songs live. All the instinctual things are there.”
What will Tame Impala’s fourth album sound like?
Parker has said that he doesn’t “like to play unreleased songs live… the first time people hear it is the kind of recorded glory, like the premeditated thing that I’ve spent two years on – rather than being half-drunk bashing it out on stage, you know, hitting clanger notes and stuff.” This means we’re unlikely to hear any of the new tunes live prior to their release.
Additionally, the musician has expressed interest in working with the “god-like” Daft Punk. When asked by Billboard who he’d like to work with, Parker said that he held the French dance duo in “absolutely legendary regard,” adding: “They’re so God-like to me, but I don’t even know what I’d do or how I’d do it with them.”
Are Tame Impala touring in 2019?
Oh yes. They’ve been announced for a handful of festival dates across the world, but, as of yet, a full 2019 headline tour hasn’t been announced – nor have any UK live dates. But we can hope…
Tame Impala will play the following live shows in 2019:
11 – Fox Theatre, Pomona, US (part of Golden Voice’s Localchella)
13 – Coachella, California, US
20 – Coachella, California, US
2 – Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville, US
3 – US Cellular Center, Asheville, US
5 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta, US
6 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Saint Augustine, US
7 – Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, US
11 – Corona Capital, Guadalajara, Mexico
25 – Boston Calling, Boston, US
31 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
2 – We Love Green Festival, Paris, France
21 – Hurricane Festival 2019, Eichenring Scheeßel, Scheessel, Germany
22 – Southside Festival, Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
8 – Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway
10 – Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
15 – La Route du Rock, St Malo, France
16-18 – Lowlands, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands (exact date not set yet)
17 – Pukkelpop, Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium