FAQ


Q: Is this blog run by Tame Impala?/When are you coming to my city?/I love you guys!
A: No, this blog is not run by any members of Tame Impala. Hence being called a “Fan Blog”.


Q: How old are the they/Are they single/etc?
A: This site is about the music and images of Tame Impala and its associated bands only.


Q: Can you tell me the lyrics to ________?
A: If you can’t find the lyrics via a Google search we more than likely don’t have them. Most lyrics on this site have been deciphered simply by listening to the songs. 


Q: Can you give me a list of all the bands related to Tame Impala?
A:
- The Dee Dee Dums
- Pond
- Mink Mussel Creek
- GUM
- Allbrook/Avery
- Rabbit Island
- Gunns
- Electric Toad
- The Silents
- Melody’s Echo Chamber
- Drop Macumba
- Space Lime Peacock
- Giant Tortoise
- Electric Gooch
- Sonny Roofs
- Scum Of The Earth
- Shiny Joe Ryan
- Carbuncle
- Cease
- Whalehammer
- Taco Leg
- The Growl
- Water Temple
- Peter Bibby
+ more


Q: What pedals does Kevin use?
A: During touring following the release of Innerspeaker (and prior to the release of Apocalypse Dreams) Kevin used these pedals boards with several minor variations.

(L to R top row)
- TC Electronic PolyTune
- Boss TU-3 Tuner Pedal
- Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector
- Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb Pedal
- Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Nano Reverb Pedal
- Boss BD-2 Blues driver
- Dunlop DVP1 Volume Pedal or Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
- Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer
- Boss FV-50L Volume Pedal
- Boss FS-5U Footswitch
(L to R second row)
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal
- Dunlop MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal
- Dunlop MXR Dyna Comp Compression Pedal
- Boss BD-2 Blues driver
(L to R bottom row)
- DOD FX25 Envelope Filter Pedal (or possibly an FX60 Stereo Chorus Pedal) or ZVex Seek Trem and Empress ParaEq
- Electro Harmonix Small Stone Phaser Pedal
- Dunlop Fuzz Face Fuzz Pedal
- Diamond Vibrato Pedal
- Moog MoogerFooger MF-105 MuRF or Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay Pedal


Following the release of Lonerism Kevin started using a new pedal board. This is the 2013 version:

It consists of two boards featuring: 
(Left board)
- Boss GT-100 Multi Effects Pedal (customised cosmetically)
- EHX Holy Grail Reverb
- Boss DD-20 Delay
- Diamond Vibrato
- KTG-1 Tube Guitar Preamp
(Right board)
- Ernie Ball Volume Pedal 
- MXR Dyna Comp 
- MXR Carbon Copy Delay
- Boss BD-2 Blues Driver  
- EHX Holy Grail Reverb
- EHX Small Stone Phaser
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal
- Boss FS-5U Footswitch
- Boss TU Tuner  
- Empress Compressor 


An earlier variation from 2012 of this can be seen below:

(Left board)
- KTG-1 Tube Guitar Preamp
Boss BR-600 
- MXR Carbon Copy Delay
- MXR Dyna Comp
- Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor (for vocals).
- Diamond Vibrato
- Boss LS-2 Line Selector 
- EHX Holy Grail Reverb
- Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
 
- Boss RE-20 Space Echo
(Right board)
- Ernie Ball Volume Pedal 
- MXR Carbon Copy Delay
- MXR Dyna Comp 
- Boss BD-2 Blues Driver  
- EHX Holy Grail Reverb
- EHX Small Stone Phaser
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal
-
 Boss FS-5U Footswitch
- Boss TU Tuner 


During the 2009 Laneway Festival Kevin’s pedal setup looked like this:

- Boss TU Tuner
- MXR Dyna Comp
- Boss GE-7 Equalizer
- Boss BD-2 Blues Driver 
- Line 6 Verbzilla Reverb
- Dunlop Fuzz Face
- EHX Small Stone Phaser
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal


Q: How is the guitar-synth tone in Alter Ego, Why Don’t You Make Up Your Mind and Skeleton Tiger made?
A: Dom uses a crude pitch shift effect on a Boss BR-600 digital recorder with delay and reverb to create the sound. Kevin talks about the sound in this interview. The BR-600 used to be situated out of view, but has recently been added to Dom’s pedal board. This video tutorial shows how to get a similar tone out of the BR-600


Q: What synths/keyboards are Dom and Jay using?
A: They use Roland PCR500 Midi Controllers which have been customised cosmetically. Supposedly they run Ableton.


Q: What vocal effects does Kevin use?
A: He previously used a Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer when playing live.


Q: What is the green wiggly light that is projected behind the bands at their live shows.
A: Each of the instruments are sent through a mixer into an oscilloscope which turns the sound of the instruments into images. The output from the oscilloscope is then filmed by a camera and projected onto the big screen behind him. Kevin briefly speaks about the oscilloscope in this interview. The setup can be seen in this photo:

Currently they are using a more high-tech approach operated by Joe Ryan from the side of stage:

 


Q: How do I send Tame Impala a letter?
A: Your best bet is to contact Garth or Jodie at Spinning Top Music.

jodie@spinningtopmusic.com
garth@spinningtopmusic.com


Q: Where is the bootlegs page?
A: Here.