Putting on the Ritz

Last night I took my first trip to the Ritz – a famous city centre club/live music venue – to hear Tame Impala, an Australian “psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock” band who have a real and genuine buzz around them at the moment. It’s easy to hear why because their short but captivating set was some of the best live music I’ve heard in a long time. The entire audience seemed to have fallen (or be falling) hopelessly in love with the music, a feeling which only intensified when Kevin Parker and co let loose on tracks including Solitude is Bliss, Be Above It and Make Up Your Mind, which worked everyone into a happy frenzy. The Ritz is a great venue, somehow feeling intimate despite its size (capacity = 1500). There weren’t any signs of trouble either, which must have been a relief for the security guys who were more than happy to let me get in their way by leaning over the barrier to take some photographs. Thanks for that! 🙂

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I’ve said before I don’t like to try and write about music and I’m really not that good at it anyway. So if you haven’t heard the young, beautiful and unique Tame Impala yet then please, check them out straight away. You’ll probably hear the influence of early Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Supertramp, but apparently not anything drug-induced. Next time they play the UK, I’m definitely going to go see them again! You should too.


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2 responses to “Putting on the Ritz”

  1. Geoff Mackenzie says :

    Well, I checked them out! Never let it be said that I can’t follow instructions. I really like their soft, slightly chaotic, psychedelic sound – very much like the trippier Beatles tunes. It’ll be interesting to see where they take this sound next. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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