Tame Impala – Commodore Ballroom – May 27, 2013
Tuques, tokes and tie dye were the order of the night as Western Australian band Tame Impala performed before a sold out Commodore Ballroom on Monday night. Following up from their weekend gig at Sasquatch Festival, the psychedelic rock act brought a lot of expats to the room and a lot of people took the sixties/seventies vibe to heart by smoking some ‘herbal’ supplements for the night. The cloud of smoke in the air added to the atmosphere of the the band’s retro sound and simple stage show. The back lighting and simple music visualisation projection kept a mysterious aura around the group. Band leader KevingVocals seemed almost incidental as the band blasted the room with non-stop dream-like psych rock for over 90 minutes, barely pausing between tracks. While the excessively long tracks occasionally seemed self-indulgent, most of the audience was happily grooving along the entire night. The crowd’s easy mood was punctuated by burst of applause and cheers during Tame Impala’s single “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” and a group sing-a-long during the encore of Happy Birthday to celebrate keyboardist Jay Watson’s birthday and wrap up the night.
Tame Impala continues their summer tour with club dates and music festivals around North America and Europe.