Tame Impala - Picture House, Edinburgh, Tue 20 Aug 2013
A scintillating show from the Australian psych-rock fivepiece
Tame Impala are a psych-rock fivepiece from Perth, Australia, dropping in to the Edinburgh Fringe as part of their world tour. There was a definite 60s vibe to the evening, which kicked off with a flawless set from Midlands band, Temples, whose set included their forthcoming single ‘Keep In The Dark’.
Headliners Tame Impala got underway with ‘Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind’ from their debut album Innerspeaker. Lead singer Kevin Parker was coolness personified, appearing extremely relaxed in his surroundings, and performing the entire set in bare feet. With a kaleidoscopic backdrop throughout, the audience casually absorbed the messages being sent out from the stage.
The brilliant live version of ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ wouldn’t have looked out of place in a set from The Doors, with an elongated instrumental mid-song. This was quickly followed by fan favourite ‘Elephant’, which had the crowd in full swing, and allowed drummer Julien Barbagallo to showcase his offbeat technique. Tame Impala really appear to have delved into the past with their darker, more hypnotic riffs and lyrics, but vitally, they have added their own modern day twist to things – making it sound less Beach Boys, and more Cream.
By the time the evening's trip drew to a close with ‘Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control’, the packed-out Picture House crowd went home, safe in the knowledge that they had witnessed the boys from Australia at their scintillating best.