Flashback Friday | Tame Impala
Flashback Friday to when we talked to Kevin from Tame Impala about their very first album in BLAG Vol.3 Nø 2
Please introduce yourselves, tell us your roles in the band and how you met.
“I am Kevin. For most of Tame Impala's life it has been a home recording project, until it got a record deal, now it's a home recording project that isn't at home very much. I record most of the parts in the music and my friends help produce and play instruments in the recordings, so that rolled up into a boulder is Tame Impala. Sometimes the song is built up from the ground instrument by instrument and sometimes it’s just a recording of us playing in a room. Some of us met at high school when we were 12 and some of us ended up living in the same house that emits a constant quagmire of music / noise / smoke.”
Describe your sound and style.
“At the moment I am the worst person to describe its sound because I have thought about it way too much and someone could tell me it’s anything and I'd believe them. Let's just say it's intended to be psych-rock-dream-pop. That said, if someone said it was ambient funk I'd be disappointed.”
What is your personal favourite track on the album and why?
“A song called Make Up Your Mind, because it's the only song that doesn't change chord progression. The whole song and melodies and sounds just drop in and out. It's the song that's least like a song and what I'd most like to listen to in a field.”
Please tell us an anecdote from the writing / recording of the album.
“I didn't brush my teeth, change clothes / underwear, shower or leave the house for almost two weeks at one point. There's something about wallowing in your own filth that makes me feel more purposeful. If I'm too clean I don't feel very creative.”
You recorded it in a remote house south of Perth, please describe how the house and surroundings inspired the finished tracks.
“It's hard to tell. The scenery around the house was the most beautiful around any house I've stayed in. It was just ocean, bush and rolling hills. When the visual is that good, everything you create sounds so serene and perfect, you could just strum one chord and it would feel like your life is complete. So it becomes very difficult to tell what's going to sound good when you take the songs back to your usual house and play it to your friends who are just staring at the back yard.”
What was a typical day there?
“Wake up at about 12, stare at the scenery for about 10 minutes, record about 20 seconds of music, decide that it is perfect, play it on loop whilst sitting out on the balcony, at about 9pm start recording the rest of the song frantically.”
Interview by Sally A. Edwards