The Perth band closed the opening day of the Levitation festival in Austin, Texas last night (May 8)
Making their second North American festival appearance on the current tour, Tame Impala closed out a soggy, muddy opening day at Levitation presented by Austin Psych Fest Friday in Austin, Texas last night (May 8).
Record rainfall fell on Carson Creek Ranch Wednesday forcing festival organizers to drastically reconfigure the site, working round the clock in the 48 hours prior to the show opening. The wet weather did not deter an estimated 10,000 music fans from seeing the popular psych rock band from Perth, led by guitarist and vocalist Kevin Parker.
Following a spacey, art-rock set by Spiritualized, Tame Impala opened the performance with new song, ‘Let It Happen’ previewing the forth-coming album, ‘Currents’.
“We’ve wanted to play Austin Psych Fest for so long and we’re finally here,” remarked an ebullient Parker.
The thirteen-song set delivered by Tame Impala included the live debut of new track, ‘Eventually’. Parker introduced the song informing the crowd, “We’re going to try a new song. Here’s hoping we get to the other side.” Keyboardist Jay Watson added: “This is the first time, right? This is the first time ever.” You can watch footage of the song’s debut below.
Predictably the band played hit tune ‘Elephant’ at the midpoint of the performance but with a twist. The group segued into ‘Mind Melt’ then a ‘Jazz Prog Odyssey 3070’ outro in celebration of lighting man Zach’s final show with the band.
The band’s blend of psych-rock influences and electronica lends their music a classic yet contemporary sound. Dance friendly tracks like the aforementioned ‘Elephant’ and ‘Why Won’t You Talk to Me?’ eventually gave way to more atmospheric, trippy tracks like ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.’
The nearly 75-minute set finished with ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ and satisfied cheers from the crowd.
Tame Impala will return to Austin in October for Austin City Limits Festival. It will be the second time the Australian act performs at the event.
Tame Impala played:
‘Let It Happen’
‘It Is Not Meant to Be’
‘Why Won’t They Talk to Me?’
‘Be Above It’
‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?’
‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’
The band release third album ‘Currents’ on July 17 via Fiction. They will return to the UK and Ireland for a handful of dates in September. They are as follows:
Electric Picnic Festival (September 4)
End Of The Road Festival (5)
Glasgow Barrowland (8)
Liverpool Olympia (9)
Isle of Wight Bestival (10)