It was a special night in the Rocky Mountain city of Denver, Colorado. Tame Impala came ready to rock in the brand new, state of the art Mission Ballroom. Located in a trendy industrial area in the neighborhood RiNo, Mission Ballroom is a rather intimate setting to see one of the kings of psychedelic rock, holding right under 4,000 fans. Tame Impala had a two day run at the Ballroom, selling out both days almost immediately. Many promoters were calling it an “underplay”, where the band was booked for a venue much too small for the amount of people they would draw in for tickets. However, if you were lucky enough to grab a ticket to the event, you were in for an absolute ride.
Tame Impala is truly just Kevin Parker – he writers, records, and produces everything that the band makes, and adds people to the band just for live performances. He is known to have used some of the members from Pond to help him on the road. Regardless, Kevin Park and company came prepared with tons of confetti, mesmerizing lights and trippy visuals. To start the show out he came barreling through with the almost 8 minute anthem, “Let it Happen” from the 2015 record Currents. It showcases everything Parker does so well from the trippy melodies to incredible vocals behind it. Next he went into a new hit single, “Borderline”, a dancy synth-filled single.
It eventually led into one of their most popular songs of all time, “Elephant”. It’s a heavy guitar-riff song, that was accompanied by a huge laser shower to bring the crowd to an enormous roar. The production value for Tame Impala has only increased over the years. They are really having a moment this year coming off of headlining the ultra-famous and glamorous festival, Coachella, in Indio, California. Being a massive headliner and a true force to be reckoned with comes with some awesome production, something that they absolutely delivered on. Every single person in the audience was moving, grinning ear to ear from either the visuals or tunes.
Tame Impala played a nice diverse selection of their entire discography, covering songs old and new, such as “Lucidity” from Innerspeaker and then closing the show with “The Less I Know the Better” and “New Person, Same Old Mistakes”, off of the most recent record, Currents. It was truly an ethereal performance from Parker, even though he was battling a nice hangover from night one in the Mile High City.
It has been rumored all year that Kevin was going to give us his very long awaited new album at some point this year. However, with the year slowly but surely coming to a close we’re not sure if our ears will get the pleasure of listening to it. He’s teased us with the two new singles, “Borderlines” and “Patience” but dedicated fans of the psych-rock group are ready for more. However, one thing is certain, Kevin Parker will always have his finger on the pulse of mind bending sounds and visuals.