Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on ‘Elephant’: ‘It’s bittersweet, that song paid for half my house’

Parker suggests he does not like band's crossover hit

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala has suggested that he does not like the band’s single ‘Elephant’, describing its success as “bittersweet”.

The band’s leader and frontman is profiled by Grantland in a piece published earlier this week. In the interview it is claimed that Parker “seems embarrassed by the empty-headed bluesy swagger of ‘Elephant’ with Parker himself saying, “It’s a little bittersweet because, like, that song paid for half my house.”

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Later in the piece, Parker opens up about the problems he has with the sound of the band’s second album ‘Lonerism’ and how he fixed them on new album ‘Currents’.

“There was so much top end sonically [on ‘Lonerism’] — that sizzling guitar, sizzling synths, the drums are blasting. I realized you can’t turn it up too loud before it’s just burning your ears,” he says. “I wanted to make an album that you could just turn up really loud, with a throbbing rhythm to it.”

Parker also claims that ‘Currents’ is the most pop-orientated thing the band have ever released. “I’ve always liked pop music. I love what it does to my brain, and I’ve shut it out for a long time. The more I question myself about why I think pop is taboo, the more I realize it’s not.”

Tame Impala release their third album ‘Currents’ on July 17 following on from 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ and 2010 debut ‘Innerspeaker’.

Frontman Kevin Parker recently spoke to NME about the dance-leaning LP, saying, “I wanted to make something that from the sound of it could be down at the club. I just realised that I’d never heard Tame Impala played somewhere with a dancefloor or where people were dancing.”


Tame Impala will play a handful of UK and Ireland dates later this year. 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)

To check the availability of Tame Impala tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

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