Tame Impala: ‘There’s no Australian psych scene, just maybe 10 people’

New album 'Currents' is Number One in Australia and Number Three in the UK

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has dismissed the notion of their being a psych music scene in his homeland of Australia.

Despite his band being seen as the posterboys for a “Perth sound”, Parker has told the Guardian that the genre consists of “maybe 10 or 15 people”.

Asked whether he feels there’s a wider musical trend in the area, Parker replied: “I don’t think there is”.

He added: “We’ve got our friends in Perth, like all the guys from Pond. We’ve all lived together at some point, a circle of friends of maybe 10 or 15 people”.

“Jay [Watson, of Tame Impala, Pond and Gum] lived with the guys from King Gizzard [& the Lizard Wizard, band] when he was in Melbourne and they’ve got their own thing as well. I think our kind of clans merged for a little there. I’ve met them briefly and they seem like nice guys.”


Quizzed on the influence of the country on his music, Parker responded: “I’ve always been of the idea that is doesn’t really matter where you are geographically.”

“With ‘Lonerism’, we made half the album in Australia, half the album in Paris. In the end, for me music is such an internal thing, that to let the outside world influence would be against my modus operandi.”

The band’s third album ‘Currents’ was released earlier this month (July 17), reaching Number Three in the UK charts.

The record is currently Number One in Australia. It followed on from 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ and 2010 debut ‘Innerspeaker’.