With the term "buzz band" so loosely swimming about in a sea of sound-alike bands, it's easy to quickly use that as a catch-all for the musicians who blow up instantaneously, those who receive immediate praise for a single song, but yet leaves the act washed up on shore after the hype wanes. Thankfully, we're not going to use that phrase when describing Tame Impala, or their NYC debut at Coco66 last night. No, instead...I'll say this is a band that creates the buzz, and it's a warm and inviting hum that demands your attention and respect.
Call them sonic wanderers if you will, but the boys from Perth have a "sustained stray" about their music, which can be heard on debut album, InnerSpeaker. Ranging from the tight arrangements of, dare we say, The Beatles earliest songs up through the English blokes more psychedelic trips, the journey that Tame Impala takes you on is defining and definite...a thoughtful tour of the young dudes insanely impressive musicality.
With last night being the Aussie foursome's first foray into playing New York City (err, Brooklyn), the natural pre-show thoughts popped into mind. Would they be nervous? How would the songs translate in a live venue? I'd made note that even if it was a sloppy performance, I would have still enjoyed it because their songs speak volumes. Thankfully, the wow factor of their set made me forget I had any questions prior to the event.
While the instant gratification of Solitude is Bliss got the crowd moving, the 50-minute, 9-song set showcased album and non-allbum tracks, intertwined with fuzzy effects pedals, catchy riffs, a jazz flute, instrument swaps and a "back to the crowd" guitar guest jam drop by Andrew of MGMT. As said song states "you will never come close to how I feel", the sense in the room is that we all felt a longing of wanting more.
If you're lucky enough to have scored a ticket to Tame Impala's 3 remaining sold out shows in NYC this week, good on you. More pictures from last night's gig can be viewed here. Set list is below a few images.