Tame Impala

Don’t be fooled by the title of Tame Impala’s recent single, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” The psychedelic Australian rock band is going nowhere but forward with its fanbase steadily expanding over the years.

“Their numbers have grown huge on this last album, as far as their attendance goes. They’ve been moving into a lot bigger venues than they were playing in the past on their first album,” Paradigm’s Kevin French told Pollstar.

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Georgia Theatre, Athens, Ga.

No joke. The group has moved from venues like the 299-capacity Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Ore., and Denver’s 550-cap Bluebird Theater in late 2010 to selling out the 2,425-capacity House Of Blues Boston and the 2,800-capacity Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., earlier this year.

Tame Impala released Lonerism in October as the follow-up to its 2010 debut, Innerspeaker. The sophomore album was featured on more than two dozen year-end/best of 2012 lists in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. Frontman Kevin Parker, whose vocals have been compared to John Lennon’s, wrote almost all of the songs on both albums, played nearly all of the instruments and produced the LP’s. The live band features Parker on vocals/guitar/kazoo, Jay Watson on synth/backing vocals, Dominic Simper on guitar/synth, Cam Avery on bassist/backing vocals, and Julien Barbagallo on drums/backing vocals.

Photo: Matt Saville

Up next for the band are headline shows in Europe and the U.S., festival appearances including Reading/Leeds and Austin City Limits, and a round of East Coast dates with The Flaming Lips. French said West Coast gigs with the Lips will be added soon.  

“With those two bands together, it works so well,” French said. “And it’s going to be one of those must-see shows for anybody who is a fan of either one of those bands.”