For a group of laidback, barefoot young men from the far reaches of the Australian wild, Tame Impala are having quite the year. On Monday morning, the band awoke to the news they had been nominated for 5 ARIA Awards, including the prestigious ‘Album Of The Year’ award, and today sees the band launch the video for their track ‘Lucidity’, which can be viewed via the Modular website . This week also marks the last time the band will be at home in their native Perth til Christmas – they will soon set out on a 10 week jaunt, taking in Australia, Europe, and the US. All tour dates, plus information on the ‘Lucidity’ video and their award nominations, are below.
Tame Impala’s debut album InnerSpeaker was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Rock Album’ at the Australian Recording Industry Association’s ARIA Awards, with the band also receiving nods in the ‘Best Group’, ‘Best Cover Art’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist’ categories. The winners will be announced at the 24th Annual ARIA Awards on November 7th.
Lucidity is the latest track to be taken from Tame Impala’s visceral debut, InnerSpeaker. A rollicking, searing rocket ride, ‘Lucidity’ comes accompanied by a (literally) spacey video, directed by Robert Hales.
Shot outside the country town of Mildura, 500 odd kilometres from Melbourne, the Lucidity video was a leap into the unknown, a series of experiments and blind faith launches into the final frontier, involving cameras being launched into space inside weather balloons, tracking all that went on below.
After being let go by the band’s Kevin Parker, the flight ascent was just under an hour. The camera swiftly loses site of our band, flying through the clouds before the edge of the earth comes into shot and it reaches its summit somewhere between 20 and 24km up. At this point things go all woozy, the camera flipping and flopping about, spinning to stare at the sun, before the balloon pops, ripping its safety parachute from the box and launching into a freefall to earth. This descent took 16 minutes, the approximate speed at impact with earth somewhere between 75 and 100 km/hr. All the while the camera continued to roll.
Upon hammering down to earth, in a wonderful stroke of universal happenstance, a curious wedge-tailed eagle wanders into shot to pick at the parachute and form the completely unscripted, perfect ending to the video. Local farmers believe the eagle must have seen the payload coming down and stalked it thinking it was an injured animal.
Gaining clearance to send the weather balloons up in the first place was an ordeal on its own. Every time one door of permission opened, another of rejection was slammed in the face of the team. Approval was sought from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in several states, as the ideal location continually shifted as more was learnt about weather patterns, seasonal winds and the actual look of the area. Airports were notified and advised of the launch time so no one flew into the thing. NASA had a giant balloon crash into a car recently so the CASA were rightly cautious and asked the team to fully document projected flight paths and assess the risk of hitting any vehicles. With the help of the University of Wyoming and the Bureau Of Meteorology in Mildura, the necessary documentation to get the permit to launch was finally collected, and it was game on.
Of the many cameras sent up, the video you see involves the only camera that didn’t either fog up or fly through too much cloud rendering it akin to watching the world through a bucket of fairy floss. The cameras were packed with a GPS unit, and after one failed attempt by the 3 support vehicles the day of the launch they were retrieved the following morning approximately 130km from the launch site, in an area in Lake Mungo rather fittingly called No Man’s Land. In the days leading up to the shoot the area was lashed with flooding and gale force winds. Where the cameras may have landed if launched any earlier is anyone’s guess.
InnerSpeaker is available from all digital retailers, and on vinyl exclusively at Insound.
TAME IMPALA TOUR DATES
Thursday Oct 7th || HQ || Adelaide, SA
Friday Oct 8th || Uni Bar || Hobart, TAS
Saturday Oct 9th || ANU || Canberra, ACT
Thursday October 14th || The Enmore Theatre || Sydney, NSW
Friday October 15th || The Palace || Melbourne, VIC
Saturday October 16th || The Tivoli || Brisbane, QLD
Friday October 22nd || Astor Theatre || Perth, WA
Saturday October 23rd || Fat As Butter Festival || Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday October 26th || O2 Academy 3 || Birmingham, UK
Wednesday October 27th || Ruby Lounge || Manchester, UK
Thursday October 28th || Heaven || London, UK
Saturday October 30th || Le Grand Mix || Tourcoing, France
Sunday October 31st || Lieu Unique || Nantes, France
Monday November 1st || La Marioquinerie || Paris, France
Wednesday November 3rd || Botanique || Brussels, Belguim
Thursday November 4th || Gebaude 9 || Cologne, Germany
Friday November 5th || Mascotte || Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday November 6th || Le Romandie || Lausanne, Switzerland
Monday November 8th || B72 || Vienna, Austria
Tuesday November 9th || 59 to 1 || Munich, Germany
Thursday November 11th || Beatlemania || Hamburg. Germany
Friday November 12th || Rolling Stone Weekender Festival ||Schleswig, Germany
Saturday November 13th || London Calling at The Paradiso || Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday November 16th || Black Cat || Washington, DC*#
Thursday November 18th || Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY*#
Sunday November 21st || First Unitarian Church || Philadelphia, PA*#
Monday November 22nd || Paradise Rock Club || Boston, MA*#
Tuesday November 23rd || La Sala Rossa || Montreal, QC*#
Wednesday November 24th || The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern || Toronto, ONT*#
Friday November 26th || Double Door || Chicago, IL*#
Saturday November 27th || 7th Street Entry || Minneapolis, MN*#
Monday November 29th || Jackpot Music Hall || Lawrence, KS*#
Wednesday December 1st || Emo’s Alternative Lounge || Austin, TX*#
Thursday December 2nd || The Loft || Dallas, TX*#
Saturday December 4th || Bluebird Theater || Denver, CO*
Monday December 6th || Urban Lounge || Salt Lake City, UT*
Tuesday December 7th || Neurolux || Boise, ID*
Thursday December 9th || The Biltmore Cabaret || Vancouver, BC*
Friday December 10th || Neumos || Seattle, WA*
Saturday December 11th || Doug Fir Lounge || Portland, OR*
Monday December 13th || The Independent || San Francisco, CA*
Tuesday December 14th || Echoplex || Los Angeles, CA*
Thursday December 30th || Falls Festival Marion Bay || Hobart, TAS
Friday December 31st || Falls Festival Lorne || Lorne, VIC
Saturday January 1st || Field Day || Sydney, NSW
Sunday January 2nd || Southbound Festival || Busselton, WA
InnerSpeaker is out now on Modular Recordings
Tame Impala, the band’s self-titled EP, is available now via iTunes