Tame Impala Live Review – Manchester Albert Hall 12/07/2014

 

As we all waited in the dank clammy heat of the Albert Hall, you could tell there was lots of anticipation for this gig. The sold out church setting was the perfect venue for Tame Impala and the atmosphere in the room was electric. Around me people were bopping with excitement and one girl squealed from a sudden rush of thrill. Also the variety of accents was really surprising. From Ireland to Somerset then way back up to Liverpool, it was evident that people had travelled from all over to get here tonight.

The support came from Australian solo artist D.D Dumbo. This was his second ever UK show and I can see why he was a big hit at SXSW. His short set was only preformed by himself and consisted of him using multiple instruments and a loop pedal. There is no doubt that his fusion of blues and folk will become really popular in the next couple of months and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some more UK dates cropping up in the near future.

After a sweaty 40 minute wait, Tame Impala walked on stage to a slow down version of Elton John’s ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ with bubble guns that they fired into the crowd. From there Tame Impala preformed a spellbinding 17 song long set that included tracks from both of their albums and a track they introduced as a “new jam that we’ve been working on, it’s an instrumental so just dance”.

If I could summarise what the set was like in a phrase then it would be that it was like we entered Kevin Parker’s mind and he took us on a guided tour. From the extended jams and trippy patterns on the backdrop, Tame Impala captured the crowd completely and showed off how talented they all actually are as musicians.

It’s hard to pick any highlights from the gig as every moment was so faultless. It Is Not Meant To Be prompted a mass sing along as it swirled around the room whilst Elephant resulted in multiple crowdsurfers as everyone bounced around like irrational maniacs.

 

Half Full Glass Of Wine was Tame’s oldest track to appear on the set and, despite having a slightly different sound to the rest of the songs that they played, it fitted in perfectly. The 60s inspired riff reverberated throughout the venue and gave the gig a real blues-esque vibe to it.

 

Just before Tame Impala left the stage for the first time they played Apocalypse Dreams. The second half of the track was magical. The synths were euphoric and full of colour as they spiralled out of control. This went on for what seemed like a lifetime and it was perfection.

 

Tame then returned for a three song encore that consisted of Auto Prog III, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards and Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control. These continued the brilliance that they had already displayed to us throughout the gig and finished off the night perfectly.

This wasn’t just a normal gig, it was a showcase of Kevin Parker’s enormous talent. He’s a true musician who takes so much pride in what he’s doing. If you ever get a chance to go and see Tame Impala play live then I totally recommend that you do because it’s such a surreal experience.

Setlist below

Be Above It, Solitude Is Bliss, Sestri Levante, Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?, It Is Not Meant to Be, Why Won’t They Talk to Me?, Elephant, Endors Toi, Oscilly, Mind Mischief, Half Full Glass of Wine, New Jam, Alter Ego, Apocalypse Dreams

Encore:

Auto-Prog III, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control

Liam Egan

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