In this Dream Tour segment, the indie rock artist, Elephant Castle, reveals who he would want on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
Well, since we are dreaming, I would grab Kevin Parker, warp to 1967, and have Tame Impala open for The Beach Boys and The Beatles. The Beach Boys would be singing Pet Sounds, The Beatles would be singing Sgt. Pepper’s, Tame would be singing Currents in the vibe of InnerSpeaker.
I grew up listening to oldies when “oldies” were mostly 50’s and 60’s music. A San Diego native, I would call my local oldies station, 94.9 – KBEST 95, and assume the position by my radio/cassette player combo and wait, with my finger on the record button, for them to play my song requests. I was on the mission for my perfect mixtape. The Beach Boys and The Beatles had several places on that mixtape. I was enraptured by the songwriting, the harmonies, the instrumentation, and the spirit of both projects. Although very different sounding projects, both groups influenced each other from across the pond. In my not-so-original opinion, together they have created some of the best songs that have ever been written and have deeply influenced me and my songwriting.
Tame Impala is one of those projects that release records and I love all (or most) of the songs on the record. Kevin Parker is likely my generation’s version of a Brian Wilson, or Lennon. Hey hey hey now, it will probably take some time for some people to not feel like this is heresy. But they’ll come around. He has a way of singing about age-old topics that make them feel new. His songs just resonate with me. A lot of the songs on Currents are transcendent and mean so many things to so many different people, not unlike how a lot of Beatles songs resonate for people. He is tapped into the ether. His music brings me to a similar happy place that I felt when listening to oldies when I was a kid.
So, if you’d like to meet me in my dreams, you can find me in the front row with a contact high, eating a hotdog and crying my eyes out.