As our world dives deeper and deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, live music was the first entertainment to be canceled, and subsequently banned. With the current suggested number of 10 people or less in any social setting, it’s become a reality that we won’t be seeing our favorite musicians on tour anytime soon. Thankfully for the Australian music-maker Kevin Parker aka Tame Impala, he was able to inject the opposite of fear and anxiety into the hearts and souls of Angelenos.
Having sold out both shows at the Forum, the first gig was one to behold. Even tho it was a Tuesday, the venue was quickly becoming swarmed from the outside hours before doors with eager and hungry fans.
As the night officially began, newcomer Clairo opened up the PA system with a soothing array of acoustic tunes. Born Claire Cottrill, the 21-year-old from Massachusetts greeted the audience with a disclaimer: “I’m sorry to report but I won’t be performing my routine set. Our drummer is sick. I’ve brought my bass player out to help. I hope you enjoy it”.
The dreamy bedroom pop artist delivered soothing acoustic tracks such as “Alewife”, “North”, “Bubble Hum”, “Sis”, “She Sees the World”, and “Bags”.
Shortly after 9:45 PM, the lights went down and the massive LED screen behind the stage illuminated with a fierce awakening. As the screen projected a rippling ocean, a larger than life sun arose from behind the horizon. The sun continued through the frame of the LED screen with a burn similar to that of a rocket ship taking off. Just when you thought the music was about the begin, the sun took another lap around the LED screen, and then another. And then another until the screen was blending the ocean, the sky, and the sun together to create a frenzy. It was at this moment frontman and Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker emerged center stage.
With thunderous applause crashing throughout the venue, Parker waved happily to the crowd and began the set’s first song; “One More Year”, the first track off the band’s latest album, The Slow Rush.
Looking around the stage, the band brought in a heap of lighting for the show. Movers, a lighting fixture used extensively in the concert world, were strategically planted like tulips around Parker, creating a garden-esque outline.
Just as quick as the first track came and went arrived the second; “Borderline”. Another song off Tame Impala’s most recent album, this heart-throbbing track took the audience to a new level of energy. With a rapturous baseline and insanely memorable hooks, Parker captivated fans and made sure they were all aboard for the ride.
As the night drew on, Parker brought out all the stops and bangers including “Lost in Yesterday”, “Breather Deeper”, and “Let It Happen”. After a quick few minutes of going off stage, Tame Impala was quickly welcomed back with ease. Closing the night out were top tracks “Eventually” and mega-hit “The Less I Know the Better”.
Kevin Parker is undoubtedly a skillful musician yet that night he was more than such; he brought like-minded individuals together to forget the world’s infection and created an hour and a half long vaccine, and memories that will last a lifetime.