Live Review: Tame Impala at Leadmill, Sheffield. 2nd November 2012.

Tame Impala, Young Dreams.
The Leadmill, Sheffield.
2nd November 2012, 8pm.

The first act to take to the stage tonight sounded like a pared down Tame Impala crossed with early days Vampire Weekend. Young Dreams played around 8 songs and seemed quite humbled by the reaction of the crowd by the end of their set. For a pretty much unknown band to the majority of this crowd, they had a sound that went down very well warming the crowd up for the main act.

Tame Impala took to the stage later than billed but the wait was worth it with the set they put on for the sold out Leadmill crowd. Starting with ‘Lonerism’s opener ‘Gotta Be Above It’ with a drum beat and vocal style to build the crowd up ready for the next hour. The cheers that greeted the next song ‘Solitude Is Bliss’ were reminiscent of stadium filling bands which just shows how big this band have become off the strength of two albums and plenty of touring. A setlist with equal amounts of songs from first album ‘Innerspeaker’ and second album ‘Lonerism’ means there is something for fans new and old. The stomping ‘Elephant’ got the crowd moving and was followed by the melancholy ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ which saw the crowd swaying along to the more subdued melody. The Australian quartet brought their modern take on psychadelia to Sheffield tonight but when ‘Alter Ego’ was played it was like being transported back to the 70’s in the height of the psychedelic sounds on the music scene. ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ finished the set off with plenty of energy before the band took back to the stage for a one song encore of old favourite ‘Half Glass Full of Wine’. The band left the stage to a packed out room full of cheers after an amazing show. Next time we see this band in the UK, after shows like this and the success and critical acclaim of their latest album, they will definitely be headlining bigger venues.

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