Tame Impala are set to receive one of the biggest boosts of publicity to date, appearing in Saturday Night Live later this month.
It’s pretty hard to imagine these days, but over a decade ago, Tame Impala were the sort of band who struggled to draw a crowd. Yes, back in 2008, the humble Perth rockers were just starting out, struggling to establish a fanbase in the Aussie music scene.
Of course, as the years went by, Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala project slowly gained traction, gaining a worldwide fanbase, along with the chart-topping success of albums like 2015’s Currents.
Now, it seems as though Tame Impala are set to be the band of the year, with not only a headline spot at Coachella on the horizon, but a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.
As TV Line reports, Tame Impala are set to appear as the musical guest on the March 30th episode of Saturday Night Live, which will feature Sandra Oh as host.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that an Australian act has appeared on Saturday Night Live. Why, we’ve seen the likes of Sia, Courtney Barnett, and Gotye appear previously. Likewise, this isn’t Kevin Parker’s first appearance at SNL either, having teamed up with Travis Scott during his appearance last October.
In related news, Tame Impala have celebrated this announcement by sharing what appears to be new music on the band’s official Instagram account.
Recently, Kevin Parker revealed that he’s hoping for a mid-2019 release for the band’s new record, but also explained that he’s not working towards a deadline for fear of rushing the album.
While Parker noted he would be “really disappointed” if the band didn’t have something new out by the middle of this year, he did note that Tame Impala music is always on his mind. However, if you’re hoping to hear new music at Coachella, the psych-rocker has other plans.
“I’m always working, I’m pretty certain now that another Tame Impala album is my main priority, definitely,” Parker stated to Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson. “I think now I’ve felt that calling. It’s like a calling from beyond.”
“My thing is that I don’t like to play unreleased songs live, I like that the first time people hear it is the recorded glory,” he explained. “The pre-meditated thing I’ve spent two years on rather than us being half drunk bashing it out on stage, hitting clanger notes.”
Tame Impala are set to make their Saturday Night Live debut later this month on March 30th. Here’s hoping it might be accompanied by news of their new record as well!