Tame Impala

R5 Productions Presents

Tame Impala

Yuck, Yawn

Wed, April 27, 2011

8:00 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA


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Tame Impala
Tame Impala
Tame Impala’s debut record from 2010, Innerspeaker, received a tropically warm reception thanks in part to its irreverent, contemporary spin on assumedly dead and forgotten sounds, as well as its unique, infinitely surprising way around a melody. It was youthful, romantic songwriting in a melting technicolour dreamcoat.

Critics agreed, with Pitchfork awarding the album its ‘Best New Music’ designation the week of release. Innerspeaker featured prominently on 2010 end-of-year Best Of lists from Pitchfork, Stereogum, Urban Outfitters, self-titled magazine, and was warmly received by not only music press but also the wider media, with features in publications as diverse as Spin, Nylon, Esquire, LA Times, Billboard, Interview, The Last Magazine, and many more. The band capped the year off with their live television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Throughout 2010 and 2011, the band were welcomed by fans in stages the world over, with a touring schedule that included highlights such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Big Day Out, Roskilde, Summersonic and T In The Park.

Since they finished touring Innerspeaker, one half of the band (Jay Watson & Nick Allbrook) have been on the road with offshoot band Pond, while Kevin Parker went deep into the wormhole making album #2. Since its completion earlier in the year, guitarist and keyboard player Dom Simper has recorded his own solo cover version of album #2 in preparation for the forthcoming live circus.

Their second record is due in October 2012, is on a whole new level of cosmic and will soon be here to sizzle your speakerboxxx. The juicy details of which will be revealed sooner than you can say “2nd album syndrome”
Yuck first crashed into our lives with the giddy innocence and raw sounds of their 2011 self-titled debut. Songs like “Get Away” and “The Wall” showcased a fully-formed band led by two members just shy of 20 and illustrated the power of recontextualizing an Internet-fueled kaleidoscope of influences. The band became critical darlings, saw multiple singles playlisted on BBC Radio One, toured the world twice over, and lead a resurgence of guitar-centered songwriting that continues to play out.

What happened after that initial surge is typical in the history of rock: a founding member left, the band felt hemmed in by outside pressures, and they retreated to hone and refine their sound in a way both honest in intention and mystifying to critics. 2013’s Glow and Behold was more ambitious, more mature, and more pristine than their debut. It showed a band open to transformation and restless in its objectives. It showed a band working under pressure and without a safety net. A band with a future and a past and trying to find a way out in between.

And now, two years after the release of Glow and Behold Yuck has found that new way forward. 2015 finds Yuck finishing up an album whilst feeling content in their past and ambitious about their future. Their new songs are wild and compact, centered and expansive, forward-thinking and referential. They are the output of a band that loves being a band, loves playing music, and loves touring the world over and over and over again. They’re songs that, in short, are exactly the songs that a great band like Yuck should be making.
The four members of YAWN come from the underbelly of Chicago, with roots in neighborhoods like Little Lebanon, Baghdad Row, and Polski Park. Having grown up together both figuratively and literally, their hearts remain embedded in trash but their dreams of success run deeper than the cold waters of Lake Michigan.

As young lads in a previous band, the members of YAWN made their way to the lush forests of Germany for the Taubertal Open Air Fest in summer ’07. After pissing away their earnings hiring overpriced producers, YAWN learned a pivotal lesson: thine production lies within thine self. Moreover, they learned the valuable ethos of DIY.

Suddenly, their universe expanded! The scallywags began crafting a new sound, one more aligned with the eclectic textures of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin and Yeasayer: a solid, badass rock core adorned with rich vocal harmonies, vintage world samples and atmospheric digital layers. Leaving their former hoods and setting up shop in Wicker Park, they recorded new material in their basement. The DIY revelation led to the creation of "YAWN," a 5-song e.p. that combines the poppiness of Phoenix with the complex lush layerings of Yeasayer and the creativeness of Unicorns.

This e.p. somehow ended up in the hands of the agents responsible for booking the Fader Fort at SXSW in Austin, who invited YAWN to showcase their live set in 2010. Having only played a few shows around Chicago up until this point, YAWN was able to blow the roof off the Fader Fort, allowing word-of-mouth enthusiasm from the lucky attendees to spread across the world when SXSW was over. This dispersion led to favorable reviews from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, and KEXP and inspired adoring fans everywhere to download the free "YAWN" e.p. from www.yawntheband.com
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103