Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker reveals the inspiration for the band’s new album came from hanging with hip-hop artist Travis Scott and shopping while stoned.
There’s no denying that Tame Impala’s newest album The Slow Rush is a highly anticipated one, having been announced nearly four months ago. With slow rollouts of singles across the end of 2019 and the album set to release on this Friday, fans anticipation is mounting to a peak.
As with any album released by an artist of this calibre, fans are keen to see what the album entails and how the album was influenced. Luckily, between highly rated reviews for The Slow Rush and an interview with Apple Music, dedicated followers can speculate even further as to what the album will hold.
In the recent interview with Zane Lowe from Apple Music (via NME), Parker notes that hanging with famed hip-hop artist Travis Scott and shopping while stoned helped to influence a good portion of the creative process for the album.
Check out Kevin Parker’s interview with Zane Lowe from Apple Music:
Parker told Lowe that working with Scott for this album was awesome adding that “he’s so enthused by ideas. If he has an idea or if someone has an idea, he’s into it, he’d just go for it. He doesn’t waste time kind of doubting himself or doubting things. Which is extremely valuable, because you need that burst of conviction.”
As for shopping while stoned, Parker admits that this album forced him to leave his comfort zone by saying he’ll “do anything that gets me inspired, anything that kind of gives me, that causes those lightning bolts.”
“Even with this album, I was doing things that made me uncomfortable just for the purpose of being creative because I’m the most creative when I’m uncomfortable.” Since being in public while stoned is noted as something Parker hates, he stated he’ll “get stoned and go to the shops” explaining that the start of one of the songs [on the album] was from that.”
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Parker explained in another recent interview, that the new album caused a bit of creative strain. “It’s actually the creative side when I have the times where I’m like, ‘Oh fuck, I can’t do this’ or ‘I’m never going to get to a point where I’m happy with this album.’ Even though that creative side’s what I’m best at, that’s the only time where I’m like, ‘Aargh! Fuck this!'”
Tame Impala are set to release their new album The Slow Rush this week. You can catch them on tour in their Australian tour beginning in April.
Check out ‘Lost In Yesterday’ by Tame Impala:
Tame Impala 2020 Tour Dates
With Special Guests Khruangbin
Saturday, April 18th
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
Monday, April 20th
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
Thursday, April 23rd [Sold Out] Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
Friday, April 24th [New Show]
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
Saturday, April 25th
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide, SA (All Ages)
Tuesday, April 28th
RAC Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)
Tickets on sale now through Ticketek