Tame Impala @ Silverlake Lounge, 6/29/10
The lads from Perth had received a really warm welcome to Los Angeles. Their tiny show at the Silverlake Lounge had sold out so quickly that promoters quickly added a second earlier gig, and they had been added to the lineup to one of the Monday night residencies the night before. Not half bad, for a band who's debut album, Innerspeaker, had only dropped a few weeks prior. So was this lather and fuss over Tame Impala well deserved? Absolutely.
In the warm dark gloom of the Silverlake Lounge, one has to make a judgment call right at the beginning. Do you want to be able to see or do you want to be able to breathe? If you choose sight, one usually is mashed up among the sweaty masses at the front of the stage. If one chooses air, then you are left at the back, staring at the backs of the crowd and imagining what the show must look like. Fortunately that night in particular it didn't matter which option you chose because the music flowed over you like a wave of calm, so where ever you stood it felt pretty great.