Tame Impala frontman reveals fear band may be ‘overrated’

Kevin Parker says awards raise expectations for band's third album

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has said that winning awards makes him worry people will think his band are “overrated”.

Tame Impala took home three awards from the Australian ARIA Awardsearlier this month, including Best Album for their 2012 LP ‘Lonerism’. The band also won the award for Best Rock Album and Best Band at the event and are nominated at next year’s Grammy Awards.

However, speaking to Billboard about the band’s success, Parker says that he worries all of the acclaim will build expectations for the next album beyond realistic levels. “With each award we get, we become a little bit more overrated,” he said. “That’s what it feels like. It’s like the next album is going to come out and, well, I’m not sure what people will be expecting.”


Parker is currently working on Tame Impala’s next album. Commenting on its progress, he said: “The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous. I write songs everyday, but I don’t necessarily get to record them. I just record whenever I can, whenever I’m home, whenever I have access to something that can make music.”

Earlier this year Tame Impala teamed up with The Flaming Lips to release a joint EP. The Flaming Lips have covered ‘Runway, Houses, City, Clouds’ as well as ‘Elephant’ for the special vinyl release, while Tame Impala have contributed live recordings of The Flaming Lips’ ‘Are You A Hypnotist?’ and ‘Silver Trembling Hands’ to the EP.