Tame Impala on festivalgoers: ‘A fucking hoard of Tarzans scoping out chicks’

Kevin Parker says at some festivals, only 10 per cent of people pay attention to the music

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has bemoaned the crowds at some music festivals.

Speaking after their set at Bonnaroo festival this weekend (June 16), Parker told Rolling Stone that crowds at festivals have changed in recent years.

“It was a bit more wholesome back then,” he said of watching Kings of Leon in 2006 at Australia’s Big Day Out. “Back then, it was more about the music. Now, not so much. Now it’s more about muscles and how little clothing you can wear. I guess it’s the cool thing now to go to a festival. I’ve played festivals in Australia. If it’s a dance music festival or mainstream festival, there’s maybe like 10 per cent who pay attention to the music. You just see guys with muscles – essentially Tarzan. A fucking hoard of Tarzans that are like, ‘I just want to scope out all the chicks!'”

Speaking recently about when the band might follow-up their second album ‘Lonerism’, which was named NME’s Album of 2012, Parker said that the prospect of making another record “doesn’t excite” him. Meanwhile, it was recently announced that bassist Nick Allbrook has left Tame Impala and has been replaced by his Pond bandmate Cam Avery.

Tame Impala are back in the UK for a date at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on June 25 before playing Glastonbury festival.