Tame Impala celebrate Lonerism with autumn 2012 UK Tour

Posted: 9th October 2012
Award-gathering Aussies return with pin-sharp new album and clutch of shows, tickets selling fast
Tame Impala

Not since the likes of Pendulum has British radio taken an Australian band so seriously - unlike Pendulum, Tame Impala don't rely on ribcage rattling beats or stadiums (yet) to proffer their sunny, swampy surf-rock wares, instead the expanded line-up (now a quintet) jangle with joy and ham it up like Hendrix, Byrds, fellow Aussies Wolfmother and Black Keys (the latter with whom they've recently supported).

Formed in Perth around 12 years ago as young teenagers, founders Kevin Parker and Dominic Simper practised their little school badges off until discovering the connection between My Space and lots of love for their tunes. One eager listener and observer was indie-label, Modular, who commissioned their talents in 2008. The aces debut album 'Innerspeaker' was born in 2010 and awards came flooding in from Rolling Stone and WAMI (Western Australia Music Industry) with plaudits from esteemed website Pitchfork and the clapping hands of Reading festival audiences.

This year, they could go global - new album 'Lonerism' sports belting single 'Elephant' (also given a bonkers overhaul by esteemed trip-out producer Todd Rundgren) plus an array of buzzy fuzz-rockers that'll have you out of your armchair and swishing your hair about like some crazed hippy. Or perhaps not. That practice might be better off performed live, in front of their band on their upcoming tour.

Brixton is the first stop for Tame Impala's all too short UK tour starting on 30th October. Early Bird tickets have sold through but there are a few standard-priced standing tickets left (£17.50), while Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow are all available for £15 upwards.

Paul Pledger