Tame Impala and Me


By: Michaela Fuchs



Photo Credits: Chantel Ouellet

Bestival is not one of my first choice festivals, but when I discovered that Tame Impala was headlining, I knew it would be an amazing weekend.

Tame Impala is a beautiful psychedelic-rock band that originates from Down Under. This Australian group is comprised of members Kevin Parker (vocals, guitar), Dominic Simper (guitar, synth), Jay Watson (synth, backing vocals, and occasional guitar), Cam Avery (bass, backing vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, backing vocals). Their performance on the main stage at Bestival was wonderfully colourful, with trippy animations similar to their dream-like music videos.

After experiencing a crazy hot day (can we just acknowledge how real global warming is?) and having the heat get to my head, I was so close to giving up and calling it quits. I persevered, making it to the performance, and I am so glad I did not back out. There were multiple times where I wanted to cry tears of joy, and then other moments where I was just in awe—the fact I was constantly in a state of goose bumps upon listening to the groovy tunes says a lot.

Upon realizing how similar Tame Impala’s live music was to their recordings, I fully indulged in enjoying the moment—I was in love.

The rest of the festival attendees were in love as well; everyone was either dancing or just “feeling” the music. The background was full of colourful, trippy animations that were perfectly harmonized with the music being played—and entertaining in their own right. Tame Impala focused on playing songs from their most recent album, Currents (2015), as well as their hits “Elephant” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” from Lonerism (2012).

Tame Impala allowed the warm, starry Saturday night to end on a high note, creating an atmosphere that made you feel like everything was going to be all right.

And it was.

This article was originally published on our old website at https://thenewspaper.ca/the-arts/tame-impala-and-me/.