This is a site where I post reviews of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and concerts. I have been writing music reviews on and off since 1984. I ran a heavy metal fanzine from 1984-1988 called Metal Madness and have been a staff writer for Aural Innovations for many years. I have also contributed to Chrohinga Well (RIP), Bad Acid (RIP), Lowcut (RIP), Roadburn and a number of other zines as well. I recently moved to Portugal so please request the new address and do not send any music to Denmark anymore. Tak..
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Tame Impala and Merchandise - Vega, København Aug 9th, 2013
Merchandise from Tampa Florida
friends Santtu and his wife Sala were in town to see Tame Impala and I decided
to join them as they were pretty good 2 years ago at Rosklide Festival. The
opening band Merchandise said they were from Tampa, Florida. They played some
sort of Indie-pop with a few freaky guitar parts and solos every now and then.
The singer did not really have a voice that grabbed you in anyway. The guitar
player on the left wanted to be like Thruston Moore of Sonic Youth but did not
really pull it off. The crowd gave them a nice response but the music is just
too mainstream and slick for me.
took perhaps 30mins to get Tame Impala set up and then they were ready. The
first half hour of the show was shorter psychedelic pop numbers with lots of
layers of synthesizers. The guitar player on the left played more synth than
guitar. Then the band went into these longer tracks which is what I remembered
from the Roskilde show. The audience was really into it and at times they had
some super cool visual projections. This was really important to suck you into
the whole thing. The singer mentioned after one of the cooler songs that they
had not played that one in a while so perhaps they are changing the set lists
around and not just doing the same set every night. My biggest complaint with
this band, like Telestar Sound Drone, is that once they get some really cool
parts going, they always cut the solo off or the energy off just as they could
really take it to the next level. Not once did they spread their wings and fly,
which is a real pity. Scared to take a chance, step out of the box… Anyway, a
pretty cool psychedelic rock concert with pop vocals, and sensibilities mixed
in. I should say that the sound man did
an amazing job.