“IT’S good to be back”, Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker tells the O2 Arena – and it’s good to have them back.
Kevin Parker and co took to the arena stage to headline their biggest London show to date last night.
Their stock has never been higher; they headlined Coachella in April and are set to grace Glastonbury’s Other Stage later this month after a gruelling schedule of touring across the world.
Since dropping third full-length Currents in 2015, everyone from ASAP Rocky and Rihanna to Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus has wanted a piece of the psychedelic rock kings.
But do they show any sign of fatigue in the nation’s Capital? Does they hell.
If anything, Australia’s finest export are in inspired form as they bring their tour to a mesmiring conclusion.
Anticipation was at fever pitch before they take to the stage following support in the form of rising London six-piece Alaskalaska.
Grandiose opener Let It Happen proved it’s one of the biggest set openers on the live circuit before launching into the bongo drum-driven, disco stomper Patience – a new track suggesting a more electro-influenced direction on the forthcoming album.
Crowd favourite Elephant was thrown in early and provided one of the night’s stand out moments, bringing the capacity audience to their feet, while Lonerism centrepiece Apocalypse Dreams transported us into another dimension thanks the customary mind-blowing Tame Impala light show, complete with LSD-laced visuals, confetti cannon and sci-fi lasers.
A short interlude is followed by the bonafide indie anthem The Less I Know the Better, which prompts a frenzy of screams from the crowd, before we’re treated to another new track; the infectious Borderline.
As the set draws to a conclusion, we’re treated to Innerspeaker favourites, It’s Not Meant to Be and Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?, which still sound fresh nearly a decade on, and Feels Like We Only Go Backwards is a real lighter in the air moment.
Catching Tame Impala live now feels like a greatest hits show. Parker has evolved from almost hiding behind his flowing shoulder-length locks and Fender Strat to becoming a true showman; walking up to serenade the crowd with just a mic in hand.
Clearly overwhelmed with the admiration, Parker takes time out to thank the band’s tirelessly committed stage crew and congratulate long-time drummer Julien Barbagallo – playing his last live show for a while – on becoming a first-time dad as he cleverly introduces the searing Yes I’m Changing.
Tame Impala are truly at the peak of their talents and wondering where they will go next is dizzying proposition.
Parker teases they will be back with a host of new songs when they return to London as he introduces rousing set closer New Person, Same Old Mistakes. And we can’t wait.
Does it get any better than this?