The find of the night was support band The Growl, also from Perth, who looked like they were relishing in the energy from the big crowd. Shaggy front man Cameron Avery had won the crowd over, the double barrel assault was tops and the blues rock vibe would have got plenty of thumbs up. Plenty of highlights from this exciting prospect but most noticeable were Sharp End Of A Trowel and Smoke It Down.
It did seem like an eternity between bands, made worse by being packed in tightly with personal space being at a minimum. Just shy of ten o’clock Tame Impala took to the stage to a hero’s welcome and these quiet, unassuming lads from Perth seemed not to be over oared by the hype, taking it all in their stride. Opening with the first track off Lonerism aptly titled Be Above It, they really did set the tone for what was to come over the course of the night. The visual projection behind them, more like some green optical illusion was a tad annoying and really didn’t serve much point apart from making fans go a little skitz.
Sonically, the band was tight and virtually faultless after being tour hardened from touring the UK and Europe. The good times continued with Solitude Is Bliss and fans were really starting to get in to it early in their set. Endoirs Toi was solid and a flash back to the past with Desire Be Desire Go and Lucidity would have kept old fans happy. Not renown for their interaction or exchanging banter with the crowd, front man Kevin Parker seemed more than happy to let the music do all of the talking, which indeed it did.
The pinnacle was the massive hit Elephant which sent the crowd in to hyper drive and was surprising that they didn’t save this one for the encore. Parker also mentioned that his mum, who lives in Adelaide, was in attendance and could be seen rocking out on the mezzanine singing all the words. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards was great and so too was Apocalypse Dreams which was introduced as the “apocalypse now”. It was funny seeing the very haphazard attempts at crowd surfing but good on ‘em for giving it a go.
Just when fans thought they had seen everything Tame Impala had to offer they returned for an encore beyond epic proportions to deliver Half Full Glass Of Wine from their self-titled EP. The indulgent instrumental section was a bit much but did showcase the musical prowess of these lads. Great show and no doubt they’ll be playing somewhere much bigger next time if they remember where Adelaide is.
Review by Rob Lyon
Photo by Sofie Marsden