Tame Impala – Forbidden Fruit – 04-06-16
I was slightly concerned about Tame Impala headlining a music festival. They are a band whose popularity has rocketed in recent years, with their third album Currents rating highly on the ‘Best of 2015’ lists of most critics, but to keep a crowd of that size happy, you need all the tricks of the trade. Could they keep the hordes of Kilmainham at bay?
The band is actually a one man project, with Kevin Parker recording the majority of the album himself. Whereas live, they are a five piece with Parker (guitar, vocals), Jay Watson (keyboard), Dominic Simper (keyboards), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). My fears about their performance were put to bed early on, as the band looked in their element on the big stage, their conversion to stadium rock now complete! They are currently doing a festival tour of Europe, having performed in Primavera Sound and Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2016 just a couple of days before.
The visuals on the screen at the back of the stage were very impressive, with a series of kaleidoscopic twirling lights filling up the space, along with a variety of blurred and tumbling images. The strong green eye that kept re-emerging was reminiscent of Hal form 2001. The stage banter was largely concerned with how good Irish crowds are, and who are we to argue.
The set featured a mix of their three albums. Some of their favourite songs such as Let It Happen, Elephant, The Less I Know the Better, Mind Mischief and Feels Like We Only Go Backwards got the crowd going. While leaving the photographer’s pit, I noticed a mahogany faced Bono watching on from the wings. Was the king of stadium rock watching the young pretenders? Possibly time to abdicate!
Let It Happen
Daffodils (Mark Ronson cover)
Why Won’t They Talk to Me?
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
The Less I Know the Better
New Person, Same Old Mistakes