NME Festival blog: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker says he’s channeling his inner-Gaga on new album and forgot to tell his band about headlining Coachella


Sounds like big plans are in place for the new live shows, though…

Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker has offered an update on his forthcoming new album, while revealing that he forgot to tell his bandmates about their Coachella 2019 headline slot.

The Australian musician and producer is currently preparing to release the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Currents‘. At the very start of this year, he promised that “new sounds” would emerge at some point in 2019.

Now, Parker has said that he’s not working to a strict deadline on the project, as he believes that “anticipation is good” when it comes to releasing records.

“I like to think that the album is its own thing,” he explained to The Sunday Times Australia. “I wouldn’t want in 20 years to be listening to an album I made now and think that I finished it for any deadline or any particular reason. It was finished because it was finished.”

Referencing his past collaborator Lady Gaga, Parker added: “Anticipation is good… I want to be the kind of artist that feels empowered by people waiting to hear what I’ve got.

“This is the Gaga in me speaking.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Kev revealed that he’d forgot to inform the rest of the band about their upcoming headline show at Coachella.

“They would’ve woken up, seen the poster and thought it was a joke,” Parker said. “If they read this interview, they’ll know I forgot. We’re not much of a celebratory gang.”

Tame Impala at Citadel 2018

Teasing what to expect from the new live show, Parker hinted that things could crank up a notch this time around. “I’ve held back before because we’ve always tried to be understated, [but this is] kind of a license to not be that anymore.

“If that means having 100 lasers instead of six, so be it. Without giving too much away, I think that’s a given.”

 



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