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Review: Tame Impala graces Dallas with its psychedelic presence
A sold out venue of college students and other prodigious fans descended upon Dallas’ Granada Theater last night for the Tame Impala concert. Tight jeans, v-necks and hoodies seemed to be the wardrobe of choice on the cold evening, and it ran through the audience like spilt Pabst Blue Ribbon. But the crowd didn’t let the weather get to them, as they patiently waited for the concert hall’s doors to open— and as soon as they did, the enthusiastic fans stormed in to purchase the latest merchandise and scout out a good spot to see their favorite Australian psychedelic rockers.
Before Tame Impala took the stage, the show kicked off with an arresting opening act from fellow Australian band The Growl, sounding like a mix between The Doors and The Features. The sextet of multi-instrumentalists provided a satisfying performance, with finger snapping, feet stomping and comical crowd interaction. The Growl is a band to watch, as they are soon to grow with wild popularity.
When Tame Impala eventually came out, they gave the crowd a performance worthy of their time and money. The five-piece band started with a crowd favorite, “Solitude is Bliss,” a track off their debut album, Innerspeaker (2010). The song had the audience hooked right out of the gates, with its tubular guitar sounds filling the venue, as morphing projections, swaying devotees and thick clouds of smoke accompanied the band’s live show.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of their performance was their improvisation and deviation from their recorded sound, especially during “Alter Ego,” which lasted for a good minute longer. These long tangents captivated the audience, leaving them eager for more.
The mix of songs was well balanced between their two albums, playing popular hits such as “Expectation,” “It is Not Meant to Be” and “Music to Walk Home By,” from their recent album Lonerism (2012).
At the end of the show, after their hypnotic encore song, “Nothing That Has Happened So Far,” Parker thanked all of the “Dallasians” for being a loving, vigorous audience.
“It’s so amazing to be here. We’re so far away from where we live. So, we’re very grateful that you’re here,” Parker said.
However, based on their performance that carried a thunderous applause long after the show’s last breath, the pleasure was all Dallas’.
Tame Impala is playing across the nation until mid-March.