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Psychedelic powerhouse Tame Impala to play Israel

Australian rock outfit will perform in Rishon Lezion in July, a year after successfully reinventing itself with its third album

Tame Impala in concert at Rock En Seine Festival on August 31, 2015 in Paris, France (Tame Impala image via Shutterstock)
Tame Impala in concert at Rock En Seine Festival on August 31, 2015 in Paris, France (Tame Impala image via Shutterstock)

Tame Impala, one of the most successful psychedelic rock bands in the world, will be performing in Israel in July, the concert’s producers announced Wednesday.

Tickets to the concert, scheduled for July 11 at Rishon Lezion Live Park, have gone on sale, with the first 2,000 being offered at a discounted price of NIS 249 ($62).

Tame Impala was founded in 2007 by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Parker and bassist Dominic Simper in Perth, Australia.

The band’s style, resembling the psychedelic rock of bands such as The Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, caught the ear of Australian record label Modular Recordings, which awarded the band a record deal.

After releasing an EP and several singles, the band debuted its first album, “Innerspeaker,” in 2010. The album garnered positive reviews and led Tame Impala to a live tour of the United Stated and Canada together with another band, MGMT. It was also chosen as best album of the year by Rolling Stone.

The band’s second album, “Lonerism,” was an international sensation, largely due to its two singles, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” and “Elephant.”

Last year the band surprised its listeners when it released a third album, “Currents,” which marked a major shift in its musical style. Although Tame Impala retained its psychedelic qualities, the new music moved away from its rock foundation and reached out to new styles such as synth-pop and R&B.

Despite the sharp musical change, the band received even more support, emerging into new markets. The new album was first place in Australian music charts and reached third place in England.

Tame Impala’s third album was also a big success in Israel and was voted best album of the year by listeners of “HaKaze” program on Army Radio.

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