May 21, 2015

Tame Impala @ Massey Hall, Toronto

On May 19, Tame Impala performed at the stage of Massey Hall in Toronto. To say the least, the crowd, including me, were not disappointed.

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        As I walked past the venue hours before the show started, I see a couple of enthusiastic fans outside the venue who are perhaps looking for a ticket to the night’s sold out show. The band’s last show in Toronto was at Kool Haus in 2013 to promote their album Lonerism.

The thing about Massey Hall is that it is a seated venue. The audience politely clapped for Mini Mansions (the opener), but as soon as the main act stepped foot on stage, everybody got off their seats and started to cheer. The band started off with their "Intro" and right off the bat played one of their newest songs "Let it Happen". Massey Hall’s amazing acoustics and Tame Impala’s psychedelic visuals of alternating colours and patterns made for a hell of an experience. (Interestingly enough, the projections were made by Joe of POND).

With their third song in, Kevin greets Toronto and asks the audience to fill in the aisles so that we could be closer. In a matter of seconds, the main floor becomes the space for general admission. If it wasn’t for the strict security, it would have stayed that way for the whole night. Everybody (including me and our photographer) swayed and was bopping their heads hard to the music. There was tons of jamming between songs and you could tell that the band was having fun. Tame Impala has their live performance sound to a tee as they manage to play all the different tones and effects live.

At times, the banter from the band was quite entertaining; Kevin notes the beautiful venue, namedrops Kensington’s Paul’s Boutique, and Jay tells the crowd some useless trivia facts about Canada. By the end of it, the band played all of their released songs off of their upcoming album, “Currents” as well as tracks from Lonerism and Innerspeaker. As they ended with "Apocalypse Dreams" and left the stage, the audience demanded for an encore. "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was a song that everybody went head over heels for. Everybody sang the lyrics and danced and embraced. Having seen Tame Impala play at this historic venue was definitely a memorable experience for me and for the band.

Let It Happen
Mind Mischief
It is Not Meant to Be
Alter Ego
Be Above It
Cause I’m a Man
Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
Why Won’t They Talk To Me
Apocalypse Dreams
Feels Like we Only Go Backwards
Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control

Text: Rebecca Hong
Photo: Yi Shi

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