Tame Impala: What to Know About the 'SNL' Musical Guest

While SNL is airing a rerun tonight with new episodes set for the Fall 2019, many will be tuning into the Sandra Oh-hosted episode and get an introduction to Tame Impala — the musical guest on this week's episode.

Tame Impala is taking the stage this week for SNL's big return from a two-week break. The group will join Sandra Oh, who is hosting for the first time. While Oh has a lot of notoriety from TV and movies, Tame Impala is like brand new for many viewers.

The band hails from Australia, and generally falls under the genre of psychedelic rock. It is led by Kevin Parker, multi-instrumentalist and producer for the band. Parker plays guitar and sings in most live acts, while a rotating cast joins him for other instruments.

This often includes members of the band Pond, which is similar in genre to Tame Impala, and is based in Australia as well. Jay Watson may play synthesizer, guitar and sing; Cam Avery may play bass guitar and sing; and Julien Barbagallo may play drums and sing. In addition, Dominic Simper usually joins Parker to play guitar and synthesizer. The only member to have left the band for good was Nick Allbrook, who played guitar, synthesizer and bass from 2010 to 2013.

Over the years, Tame Impala has produced three albums with another on the way. Parker handles the writing and recording of these records on his own. They have won numerous awards, including Grammys, MTV VMAs and NME Awards. They have also played some huge venues, including many outdoor music festivals.

Parker first conceived of Tame Impala in 2007, as a young man entrenched in the Perth, Australia music scene. He had played in numerous bands, but he nursed Tame Impala along as an at-home recording project. He gained a lot of traction on MySpace, which was a strong option for independent musicians at the time.

Parker signed a worldwide deal with Modular Recordings in 2008, which is when he first asked Simper and Watson to join him for live shows. The group had a meteoric rise from there, with a wildly successful self-titled EP debut, and tours supporting such acts as The Black Keys and MGMT.


Tame Impala released its first feature-length album, Innerspeak in 2010 to much acclaim. It was followed up with Lonerism in 2012, and then Currents in 2015. The group's fourth studio album is due out this year, though the title is still unknown.

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