Tame Impala at the Belvoir Amphitheatre

Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung

Surrounded by the hazy sky, peppered with occasional lightning, the crowd at Belvoir Amphitheatre embraced the night as it were their last among the fuzzy psychedelic rock that Tame Impala brought. Saturday night was everything I hoped it would be and more.

The first of the support acts, Koi Child owned the Belvoir stage with their funk laden rhythm and instrumental groove. Flowing amid the current of Slow One came vocalist, Cruz Patterson’s confident lyrics interwoven amongst the seductive saxophone. The party really started when the Perth group blasted Black Panda, a plethora of the hip-hop outfit’s strengths that soars along with Patterson’s flow.

Bounding on stage with energy to boot, Mini Mansions didn’t waste any time launching into their set. "This set goes out to all of our friends, and the Eagles of Death Metal," vocalist and drummer Michael Shuman declared, in light of the recent tragedy in Paris. Their resounding 80’s inspired guitar and key combination kept the atmosphere amped up after that, as the flow of patrons to the mosh increased steadily whilst the LA three piece jammed out to Creeps.

When it was time for Tame Impala to take to the stage, the mood of the crowd was electric. Smoke rose into the dusky air, with people chugging down drinks and abandoning them before rushing down the steps to join their friends. It almost felt like the wrap-up to a festival. Coming on strong with Let it Happen, the lead track from the Perth outfit’s album Currents, the audio levels overshot the band’s Sydney performance thanks to the regional location. With the unquestionable theme lying behind Currents tied around heartbreak, loss and other utterly human experiences, Kevin Parker transported the tracks emotion into a visceral light. Yes I’m Changing was the audio highlight of my night, an encompassment of the feelings from Currents that the five-piece seemed to so easily communicate.

At the end of the night after the departure of Tame Impala, you could almost slice the tension with a knife. Everyone had the same thought. ‘Will they come back on?’ And return they did. Performing two tracks for their encore, the Perth band so adored by many took us back to their 2012 album Lonerism, with Apocalypse Dreams and better known tune Feels Like We Only Go Backwards. I wonder how many people in the audience had bets that would be their last song? I know I did.

Rushing up the hill to that last resounding note in Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, you couldn’t help but be proud of Tame Impala and the city everyone seems to want to escape.