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Tame Impala
Tame Impala performing in 2014
Tame Impala performing in 2014
Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Psychedelic pop[1]psychedelic rock[2]neo-psychedelia[3]
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts
PondGumMelody's Echo ChamberTheophilus London
Members Kevin Parker
Tame Impala is a psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker.[4] In the recording studio, Parker writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project's music. As a touring act, Tame Impala consists of Parker (guitar, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). The group has a close affiliation with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, sharing members and collaborators, including Nick Allbrook, formerly a live member of Tame Impala. Originally signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is now signed to Interscope Records in the US,[5] and Fiction Records in the UK.

Parker originally conceived the project in Perth in 2007. After a series of singles and EPs, Tame Impala's debut studio album, Innerspeaker, was released in 2010; it was certified gold in Australia and well received by critics. Parker's 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Tame Impala's third album, Currents, was released in July 2015,[6] and like its predecessor, it won ARIA Awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. Parker won the APRA Award for Song of the Year 2016 for Currents' first track, "Let It Happen".[7] The fourth and most recent studio album, The Slow Rush, was released 14 February 2020.

1 History
1.1 2007–2008: Early career
1.2 2008–2009: Tame Impala EP
1.3 2009–2010: "Sundown Syndrome"
1.4 2010: Innerspeaker
1.5 2011–2014: Lonerism
1.6 2015–2017: Currents
1.7 2018: Other projects
1.8 2019–present: The Slow Rush
2 Musical style
2.1 Influences
3 Members
3.1 Studio
3.2 Live
3.2.1 Former live members
3.3 Live band timeline
4 Discography
5 Awards and nominations
6 References
7 External links
2007–2008: Early career
The origins of the act can be found in the Perth music scene. Parker played in a number of bands, one being the Dee Dee Dums, a rock duo that consisted of Parker (guitar) and Luke Epstein (drums). Tame Impala emerged in 2007 as a Kevin Parker home-recording project in this period and he posted a number of tracks on Myspace. This brought interest from a number of labels and eventually, he signed a worldwide deal with the independent Modular Recordings in July 2008.[8][9] To transfer these recordings to a live-stage, Parker enlisted the help of Dominic Simper (bass) and Jay Watson (drums) and began playing at some local gigs.[10]

2008–2009: Tame Impala EP

Tame Impala performing at the 2009 V Festival in Perth, Western Australia
The signing was soon followed by the release of their self-titled EP in September 2008.[11] It reached the number 1 position on the Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR) Chart and number 10 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart,[12] with three songs, "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Half Full Glass of Wine" and "Skeleton Tiger" receiving national radio airplay on the Triple J radio station.[13][14]

Tours in 2008 included supports for You Am I, The Black Keys, Yeasayer and MGMT, as well as performances at Southbound Festival, Meredith Music Festival and Falls Festival, and national headline tours in support of their EP. Tours in 2009 included a sold-out six-date "Skeleton Tiger" national headline tour and a five-date UK tour (including Nevereverland UK), as well as performances at V Festival and Groovin The Moo, and a stadium tour with The Living End and Gyroscope.[citation needed]

Tame Impala appeared on Triple J's Hottest 100 list in 2008—their first appearance on the list—with "Half Full Glass of Wine" at number 75. The song is also on the Hottest 100 compilation album.[15][16]

2009–2010: "Sundown Syndrome"

Parker in April 2009 during a performance at Somerville Auditorium
Tame Impala's first single, "Sundown Syndrome", was recorded at Toerag Studios in London, UK, with recording engineer Liam Watson, while the band was in the UK in March 2009.[17] "Sundown Syndrome" was premiered by Richard Kingsmill on his "2009" show on Triple J on Sunday 10 May 2009. The song was released in July 2009 on vinyl, and digitally with a cover of "Remember Me" by DJ Blue Boy.[18]

The band then headlined the inaugural "Rottofest" in August 2009, an annual comedy, film and music festival held on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. Following Rottofest, they embarked on a national tour through September and October 2009 in support of the single.[19] "Remember Me" appeared at number 78 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2009.[20]

"Sundown Syndrome" was included on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All Right.[21] "Half Full Glass of Wine" was used in HBO's popular television series Entourage as the closing song for an episode.[22]

Tame Impala appeared at the Australian/New Zealand Big Day Out festival in early 2010, performing alongside bands such as Muse, The Mars Volta, Kasabian and Rise Against.[23]

2010: Innerspeaker
Main article: Innerspeaker

Tame Impala performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in June 2010
Tame Impala's debut album Innerspeaker was released on 21 May 2010. In the UK the official release date was 28 June, but iTunes accidentally[citation needed] made it available for purchase on 12 May. The album was released in the United States on 8 June to general and critical acclaim. Pitchfork named it Best New Music.[24]

In an interview with Triple J talking about the album's nomination for the J Award, Parker stated that they had secretly been recording a new album. "Jay and I have been recording pretty compulsively and album number two is nearing potential completion already and I'm so excited about it that I'm having trouble keeping myself from telling you all about it". This came only months after Innerspeaker was released.

The group toured in mid-2010, commencing the Innerspeaker album tour on 13 May 2010 as the opening act for MGMT's 2010 American tour. The band returned to Australia to play at Splendour in the Grass festival, which was followed by a European Tour in July (including an appearance at the Reading Festival) and a national Australian tour in October. In November they returned to the UK and Europe for a fifteen date tour, including their largest London headline show to date which was attended by Noel Gallagher, Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Noel Fielding, Alexa Chung and Alison Mosshart,[25] the band then went on to the United States and Canada for twenty headline dates including sold-out shows in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They also received four 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which include, "Album of the Year" and "Best Rock Album" for Innerspeaker, "Best Group" and also "Breakthrough Artist".[26]

On 29 November 2010, Innerspeaker won Australian youth-oriented radio network Triple J's highest honour, winning the J Award for Album of the Year.[27]

2011–2014: Lonerism
Main article: Lonerism

Parker performing with Tame Impala in March 2011
Tame Impala's second album, Lonerism was released in 2012 and was produced by Dave Fridmann.[28] Parker said that Lonerism "represents a departure from his previous work by incorporating an expanded sonic palette, more emotional song writing, and a more pronounced narrative perspective". It was created in a similar set up as Innerspeaker, whereby Parker wrote and recorded the majority of the album by himself at his girlfriend, Jivani Duke's, home in Perth, Australia.[29] Parts of the recording also occurred in Parker's home studio in France.

While in France, Parker produced and played on the self-titled dream pop album by Melody's Echo Chamber, the project of French singer Melody Prochet. As a result, one of the tracks on Lonerism is titled "Endors Toi", which roughly translates from French to English as "fall asleep". The album cover is a photo taken by Parker of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France, with additional editing by Leif Podhajsky, a graphic designer who created the album art for Innerspeaker. The image ties into the themes of isolation of Lonerism, with a metal gate separating the viewer from the people in the Gardens.[30]

The band released the song "Apocalypse Dreams" for free download on 7 July 2012. The first single "Elephant" was released in July 2012.[31] The album was released on 5 October in Australia, 8 October in the United Kingdom and 9 October in the United States. StillinRock described it as the best album of the year.[32] The album features the songs "Apocalypse Dreams" and "Elephant", which are some of the first songs that Parker has co-written with Watson. "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was released as the second single.[33]

Tame Impala in October 2012
In November 2012, Lonerism won the 2012 J Award for Australian Album of the Year. It was the second time Tame Impala had won the award, after also winning it for their debut album Innerspeaker in 2010. They are the first band to win the J Award more than once. In January 2013, Lonerism was selected by Rolling Stone for the 2012 Album of the Year award after the band also won the award in 2011 for Innerspeaker. It was also announced as album of the year by UK magazine NME. Additionally, Lonerism was voted number one overall in Rolling Stone, Triple J, NME, Filter, Urban Outfitters, FasterLouder and Obscure Sound's 2012 Album of the Year polls. Lonerism became the first Australian album to win NME's album of the year. "Elephant" and "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" appeared at number 7 and 9 respectively in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2012.[34]

The band began an international tour in 2012 through 2013, supported by The Growl. During this tour, they played major festivals, such as Coachella, Sasquatch Festival,[citation needed] and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[35] For this tour Watson switched from drums to keyboards and Parker recruited Julien Barbagallo on drums.[36]

In September 2012, Tame Impala's first U.S. feature appeared on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 82nd issue.[37]

On 18 May 2013, it was announced via Facebook that Allbrook would leave the band to focus on other musical endeavours, and that Cam Avery of Pond and The Growl would take his place. Allbrook played his final gig with the band on their last Australian tour date of 2013 at Perth's Belvoir Amphitheatre, the same venue that Allbrook played his first gig with the band at in 2008. As a farewell gesture, the band played a cover of Outkast's "Prototype".[38]

Lonerism received a 2014 Grammy Award nomination in December 2013 in the Best Alternative Music Album category.[39]

2015–2017: Currents
Main article: Currents

Cam Avery and Kevin Parker, performing with Tame Impala in June 2014
It is believed that Parker started recording the follow-up album to Lonerism at the beginning of 2014, due to various Instagram posts that showed recording taking place at Wave House in Western Australia, where the debut album Innerspeaker was recorded.[40] Prior to this, Parker had been touring with Tame Impala and working on other musical projects, including his disco-funk band, AAA Aardvark Getdown Services. Parker said in May 2013:

Right now, doing another album doesn't excite me. There's something narrow-minded about thinking an album is the only way you can put out music, especially in the world we’re in at the moment. Anything is possible. There's so many people doing interesting things with the internet and technology, there could be so many ways of making music and listening to it. It's 2013 and you can make music anywhere ... There are so many possibilities, my brain is overloading on them all. I just need to wait, think about things a bit more. Then I’ll know what to do next.[41][42]

In May 2014, Parker spoke of his growing inclination toward the recording of another album in a triple J radio interview, explaining that: "I'm getting more and more sucked into the world of making an album. It's weird how it happens naturally, it's almost feels like a seasonal thing. I've started to think about tracklistings and all the things that come with an album."[43] Describing the sound of the new album, Parker said "I'm gonna try to make it a bit more minimal this time; only use what's needed ... instead of a supreme pizza, where you just throw everything on".[44] Watson added: "[It’s] probably gonna be less rock again and more electronic again, even more than the last one".[45] Parker later stated that the inspiration behind the new polished sound of Tame Impala's third album came from listening to a Fleetwood Mac song. He said that the pureness and cleanness of Fleetwood Mac's song prompted him to attempt to create a more streamlined musical style within Currents.[46]

Tame Impala performing at Lollapalooza in September 2015
On 6 January 2015, Spinning Top Music announced that a new Tame Impala album will be released in 2015.[47] During the same month, it was announced that the band would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.[48]

On 11 March 2015, a new song entitled "Let It Happen" was released as a free download.[49]

On 5 April 2015, Tame Impala announced and released the album cover for Currents in a Facebook post. A few hours later the band released the first official single from the upcoming album on Facebook called "'Cause I'm a Man".[50] Later that month, on 22 April 2015, Tame Impala officially released "Let it Happen" as the second single from the album. One week later, on 29 April 2015, Kevin Parker held an AMA on reddit, where he provoked fans to ask him to release a new song, then responding with "Disciples", which became the first promotion single for the upcoming album Currents. On 7 May 2015, the band announced that the album would be released in 17 July 2015 and released the third official single, "Eventually".[6]

During the same 30 April 2015 reddit AMA, Parker said, "Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala's record sales outside of Australia I had received.... zero dollars. Someone high up spent the money before it got to me. I may never get that money."[51]

Tame Impala performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in August 2016
In October 2017, a Collector's Edition of Currents was announced. Released on 17 November, it included three B-sides and two remixes.

2018: Other projects
By the end of 2017, Tame Impala announced that they agreed to play the 2018 Mad Cool musical concert in Spain, which would be the first live music show the band agreed to play in 2018.[52] Tame Impala also played a headline set at London's Citadel Festival in July 2018.

In July 2018, during an interview with Beats 1 anchor host Matt Wilkinson, Parker confirmed for the first time that he had begun working on a new Tame Impala album, adding that he was "ready to play some other songs live" and expressing an interest to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2019. He also stated that he would be "very disappointed" if the new record by Tame Impala wasn't released by summer 2019.[53]

On 1 July 2018, Tame Impala teamed up with artist ZHU to create the single "My Life".[citation needed]

In October 2018, Parker played bass for rapper Travis Scott for a performance of "Skeletons/Astrothunder" on Saturday Night Live, with singer-songwriter John Mayer also part of the backing band.[54]

On 10 October, the band was scheduled to headline the first night of the annual Desert Daze festival in its new location in Moreno Beach, but had to cut their set short after three songs due to inclement weather.[55]

On 14 October, female R&B singer SZA released the single "Together" on YouTube, which is billed as "SZA featuring Tame Impala."[56] Later that month, on 31 October, rapper Theophilus London released a new single in collaboration with Tame Impala under the moniker of Theo Impala.[57]

2019–present: The Slow Rush
Main article: The Slow Rush

Tame Impala performing at Primavera Sound 2019
On 2 January 2019, Tame Impala was announced as a headliner for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. They also headlined the 2020 Primavera Sound festival, making them only the second Australian act to do so. Around the same time, Parker announced that he expected to release a new album during that summer.[58][59] The 2020 album is named The Slow Rush and features 12 tracks recorded in Los Angeles and in Parker's hometown of Fremantle, Australia.[60]

On 21 March, Tame Impala released the single "Patience",[61] and has teased new music on Instagram for the forthcoming album.[62] They were the musical guest for Saturday Night Live on 30 March, with host Sandra Oh.[63] On the show, the band performed "Patience" and a new song, "Borderline",[64] which was released 12 April.[65] On 25 October, Tame Impala revealed the title of their fourth studio album, The Slow Rush. Three days later on 28 October, they released the song "It Might Be Time". On 3 December, Tame Impala released the single "Posthumous Forgiveness". The album was released on 14 February 2020.

Josh Terry of Vice named Tame Impala his "Artist of the Decade" for the 2010s, writing, "No artist captured how genres cross-pollinated throughout the 2010s better than Tame Impala". He added: "In the age of streaming and the big-box festival bubble, Parker's discography seems factory-made for both a crowd of thousands and a chill night alone with a vibe-heavy playlist" and that "his music embodies the technology-driven sense of loneliness of this decade better than any of his peers".[66]

"The Less I Know the Better" was voted number one in Triple J's Hottest 100 of the Decade on 14 March 2020. This was the highest ranking for Tame Impala in a Hottest 100 Countdown and the first the project had attained number one in any Hottest 100 (the same song had previously placed fourth in the 2015 Hottest 100).[67]

On 20 March 2020, Parker appeared on The Weeknd's album After Hours, producing and providing background vocals on a track called "Repeat After Me (Interlude)".

Musical style
Parker's decision to make the music for Tame Impala in the studio by himself is a result of Parker liking "the kind of music that is the result of one person constructing an awesome symphony of sound. You can layer your own voice 700 times for half a second if you want, and I just love that kind of music".[68] However, Parker has to translate his music to a live setting with the band, and the band doesn't play the songs until they have been recorded. "The only jamming that's done as a band is done a long time after the song is recorded for the sake of the live environment. It's good for us, because we can take a song that's been recorded and do what we want to it: slow it down, speed it up, make it 10 seconds or 10 minutes long. It gives us a lot of freedom."[69]

Some favoured and often-used effects by Parker include phasing, delay, reverb and fuzz. Experimentation with different effects pedals such as Roland RE-20 Space Echo,[70] has led to Parker creating new and unique sounds. "If you make an effort to not put the pedals in the order you're meant to, then you'll end up with something new sounding. We don't have any things that we got from another planet or anything, it's the same things everyone else has used." "People have a distortion pedal and then a reverb pedal. A reverb is meant to make it sound like it's in a cathedral or something. If you put it the other way around, it won't sound like a guitar being played in a church, it'll sound like a church being stuffed inside a shoebox and then exploded. You can do different things just by treating things differently."[71]

Parker's process for making music is "I’ll have a sudden, spontaneous vision of a song, have all the parts mapped out in mind, and do my best to record it as quick as I can. I’ll find my eight-track and do a quick demo of just the riff, or a verse or a chorus. The song will go for like 30 seconds. I’ll have a whole bunch of them [demos] and then I’ll just choose which ones to make into full songs".[69] Parker has a strong sense of melody in his music, having composed "excessively melodic music from about the age of 12 to 15".[72] For Parker, the music comes before the lyrics, "I usually write the lyrics after the melody and its timing have been decided. But the words have to be meaningful. I try to synchronise certain words with the best parts of the melody, but it can be really difficult and does my head in. I like to keep the meaning pretty open and ambiguous so that it's not just me that gets something out of the lyrics. I usually write lyrics from a persona rather than tell a specific story."[73] Parker also said "Usually I am sufficiently motivated to think of new songs everyday, but I usually forget them. I seem to get an emotional kick out of sensing feelings of general desperation or hopelessness, whether it's me or someone near me or someone in a movie or anything. It's really difficult to sit down and force yourself to write a song, and that forced nature usually comes out in the song so I just have to wait until they come to me."[73]


Tame Impala's music and live visuals are heavily influenced by psychedelic music.
Parker's music is heavily influenced by late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic rock,[74] which is achieved through various production methods. Parker said that he has a "fetish for extremely sugary pop music" from artists like Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue.[73] Parker also loves "fucked-up explosive cosmic music" in the vein of The Flaming Lips,[75] with whom Parker collaborated on the track "Children of the Moon" in 2012, for the release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.[76]

Combining these two things, My Bloody Valentine have influenced Parker's music with their contrasting combination of loud guitars and ethereal melodies. Parker has "always been in love with the wall of sound as employed by My Bloody Valentine" and he tries to capture that "melancholy dreamy feel".[77] Parker tries to incorporate this balance into his own music. "If I was singing, I wouldn't be able to match the tone of the instruments, which is really crunchy. The instruments are quite sonically brutal, but the voice is really soft, and I think that kind of resonates with people. It's kind of like My Bloody Valentine, where it's really brutal sounding, but kind of beautiful at the same time".[78] Tame Impala live drummer Jay Watson has described Parker's music as containing "shoegazey guitar sound, but not played in a shoegazey manner".[79]

Electronic music is another influence. Parker has used rock instrumentation in an electronic manner, saying "The way we do music, it's organic, but it's meant to be quite repetitive and hypnotic, almost in a kind of electronic nature. Using our playing as though it was a living sample".[80] A heavy feature on Innerspeaker is a pitch-shifted guitar tone that many mistook for a synth. Parker mentioned this by saying "I had a few obsessions when recording Innerspeaker. One was to make the guitars sound like synths and drums sound like drum samples and pretty much anything except guitars and drums. I'm obsessed with confusing people as to the origin of a sound."[73]

Parker was inspired to take up various creative endeavours at a young age, "I used to draw a lot when I was very young, and I used to get the most immense feeling of satisfaction from finishing a picture and looking back at it, even though I wasn't actually that good. When I started playing music I got the same feeling from making a song, even if it was just a few noises or drum patterns put together. It was all about the buzz from making something from nothing. Music always affected me greatly as a listener anyway, usually from listening to music in my dad's car or listening to him play guitar."[73]

Lo-fi music is also a favourite of Parker's, and he incorporated it heavily in the early days of Tame Impala, heard prominently on the Tame Impala EP. With the release of Innerspeaker, Parker went for a different approach to a lo-fi sound, aiming more for a more cosmic and sonic wall of sound, helped by mixer Dave Fridmann. Parker explained "It sounds more cohesive, like an organism. It has a different emotion to it, it brings out a different feeling when it's absolutely blaring at you. I love that sound."[69]

Parker has also stated that Supertramp, one of his favourite bands, are a major influence on the musical style of Tame Impala. Despite their difference in sound, he feels he is always somewhat "channeling Supertramp".[81] He has said that listening to the Bee Gees on mushrooms inspired him to change the sound of the music he was making on Currents.[82]

Kevin Parker – all vocals and instruments, production (2007–present)
Kevin Parker – vocals, guitar (2007–present)
Jay Watson – drums (2007–2012); synthesiser, guitar, backing vocals (2012–present)
Dominic Simper – bass guitar (2007–2013); guitar, synthesiser, keyboards (2009–present)
Julien Barbagallo – drums, backing vocals (2012–present)
Cam Avery – bass guitar, backing vocals (2013–present), synthesizer (2019–present)
Former live members
Nick Allbrook – guitar, synthesiser, bass guitar (2009–2013)
Loren Humphrey – drums (2019)[83]
Live band timeline

Main article: Tame Impala discography
Innerspeaker (2010)
Lonerism (2012)
Currents (2015)
The Slow Rush (2020)
Awards and nominations
APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[84] Tame Impala have won one award from three nominations.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Kevin Parker Nominated [85]
2013 APRA Song of the Year "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" Won [86]
"Elephant" Nominated
ARIA Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Best Group Tame Impala Nominated [87]
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Album of the Year Innerspeaker Nominated
Best Rock Album Nominated
Best Cover Art Nominated
2013 Best Group Tame Impala Won [88]
Best Australian Live Act Nominated
Album of the Year Lonerism Won
Best Rock Album Won
Best Cover Art Nominated
Engineer of the Year Kevin Parker Nominated
Producer of the Year Nominated
2014 Best Australian Live Act Tame Impala Nominated [89]
2015 Album of the Year Currents Won [90]
Best Rock Album Won
Best Pop Release "Let It Happen" Nominated
Best Group Tame Impala Won
Engineer of the Year Kevin Parker Won
Producer of the Year Won
2016 Best Australian Live Act Tame Impala Nominated
Brit Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best International Group Tame Impala Won
EG Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Best Song "Elephant" Won [91]
Grammy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Alternative Music Album Lonerism Nominated
2016 Currents Nominated
J Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 Australian Album of the Year Innerspeaker Won [92]
2012 Lonerism Won [93]
2015 Currents Nominated [94]
MTV Europe Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best Alternative Act Tame Impala Nominated
Best Video "The Less I Know the Better" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best Direction "The Less I Know the Better" Nominated
NME Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best International Band Tame Impala Nominated
Best Album Currents Nominated
Best Music Video "The Less I Know the Better" Nominated
Rolling Stone Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Album of the Year Innerspeaker Won [95]
2012 Lonerism Won [96]
WAMI Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 Most Popular Act Tame Impala Nominated [97]
Most Popular Live Act Nominated
Favourite Newcomer Won
Most Promising New Act Won
Best Rock Act Nominated
Most Popular Single/EP Tame Impala EP Won
Most Popular Music Video "Half Full Glass of Wine" Nominated
Best Male Vocalist Kevin Parker Nominated
Best Bassist Dominic Simper Nominated
Best Drummer Jay Watson Nominated
2010 Best Rock Act Tame Impala Nominated [98]
2011 Most Popular Act Won [99]
Most Popular Live Act Won
Best Rock Act Won
Most Popular Album Innerspeaker Nominated
Best Guitarist Kevin Parker Won
2013 Group of the Year Tame Impala Won [100]
Single of the Year "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" Won
Album of the Year Lonerism Won
Music Video of the Year "Elephant" Won
2015 Best Rock Act Tame Impala Nominated [101]
Most Popular Act Won
Most Popular Live Act Won
Best Album Currents Won
Best Single "Let It Happen" Nominated
Most Popular Music Video Won
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2019.07.25 20:39 ReconEG [AMA ANNOUNCEMENT] Mini Mansions on Monday, July 29th at 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST / 6 PM UTC!

And for our final AMA for the month of July, I am happy to announce that Mini Mansions will be joining us this Monday at 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST / 6 PM UTC!
Their new album, Guy Walks Into A Bar..., is out this Friday and thus far, they've released a number of singles off it including "GummyBear," "Hey Lover" ft. Alison Mosshart, "Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)" and "I'm In Love." Throughout the summer, they'll be touring in the UK and Europe, so if you want to see all those dates and pick up some tickets, make sure to check their website.
With that said, swing back this Monday for the AMA!
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2014.03.02 23:03 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: Hello reddit! It's Jared Champion (drummer of Cage the Elephant). I had so much fun with the last AMA that I have to do this again. This time I brought my friend Matt Shultz (singer of Cage the Elephant) to answer your questions with me. Ask us anything!

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Hey guys- if i was about to go deaf and i only had 45 minutes left to hear, and you guys had to give me just one album to listen to, what album would it be? rules: it can't be yours and it has to have come out in the last five years. (i'm not actually going deaf btw. just wondering.) Jared: Probably LMFAO or something like that so you wouldn't feel so bad about going deaf.
So LMFAO and nothing... thanks a lot guys. Sorry, buddy.
If you were not in Cage the Elephant, what do you think youd be doing? Matt: I'd probably be in a different band, with all the members of Cage the Elephant.
Jared: I'd be in that band.
Would you rather fight a Danny Devito sized bear, or a bear sized Danny Devito?? Jared: I'd say a Danny Devito sized bear, because a big-ass Danny Devito from it's always sunny in philadelphia is something I just would not want to fuck with.
Matt, what is the weirdest thing someone has put in your pocket while you have been crowd surfing? Matt: Well I've had people steal my pockets--like rip them off. I think that's even weirder than getting something put in my pocket.
I was one of your concerts in Atlanta at the Tabernacle and some dude tried to steal your shoe and failed, do you just tie your shoes incredibly tight? Matt: Absolutely, yeah. Mostly I wear boots now so that that doesn't happened. But a couple years back someone stole one of my shoes and I only had one pair of shoes at the time on tour with me and we had to catch a flight at 6 am the next morning, so I had no time to buy new shoes. I was so frustrated that I took the other shoe off and threw it into the crowd! Right after that, someone brought me the shoe that had been taken off my foot.
Hey guys! Huge fan, Melophobia blew away my expectations and is definitely one of my top five albums of all time. I'm going to be seeing you guys in San Antonio in April and can't wait! Jared: My most recent favorite is probably the Alt-J album. Zeppelin's always easy to listen to all the way through.
My question is what are your favorite albums to simply listen through all the way through? Matt: Neil Young's Harvest for me.
So, you guys rest well? Jared: Not when we're wicked.
Oh no you didn't. oh yes I did
Where did you guys get the name "cage the elephant" from? Matt: Well which story do you want?
Can we chill for approximately 10 minutes at firefly fest? This goes to either jared or matt but preferably jared considering im a drummer. Fat doobie, my treat. Shit yeah we can, but 10 minutes? That might not be fat enough buddy!
What bands do you find the most unique in sound? Matt: I used to be inspired by several different frontmen, and my performances were a blend. But now I try to find the character within the song. Whether it's a gaunt wizard prancing around stage or a go-go girl.
Hey guys, I first heard a CtE song in the intro to Borderlands and have been a fan ever since. I'm wondering if you guys played through the game and if so, who were your favorite characters to play as? Jared: Yes, I bought the game the day it came out when we were on tour and beat it in 5 days in our back lounge. I played as Mordecai.
Matt: Which song do you have the biggest emotional connection to? Matt: Hard to say! Probably Telescope on the new record, Melophobia. I think it's the most transparent I've ever been able to be.
Hey guys, thanks for doing the AMA! I was just wondering why you guys don't play Around My Head on tour anymore considering it's a favorite for many fans including myself! Additionally, how do you decide which songs to play at your shows? Can't wait to see y'all at Coachella and The Fox Oakland :) Matt: Because there's new material that we want to get out there, and you just kind of pick the songs you like the best from previous records to make room for the new stuff. But it's always a hard decision to make.
For Matt, what do microphones taste like? Matt: Mostly metal.
What does "Thank you, happy birthday" mean??? Matt: Just something Daniel Tichenor said one time, on an airplane. I thought it was funny.
What should I name my new dog? Jared: Jared.
Matt: Jared. But only if it's a girl dog, so you could say "Jared's my bitch."
Weirdest thing you have owned or own currently? Jared: I have a house scooter to ride from my drums to the toilet and just to cruise around my house in general. That might be more lazy than weird tho. Still fun either way!
Matt: probably this
How so Matt? Matt: My Dad was always in bands when I was growing up, he was always writing songs. He put a strong emphasis on originality--so much so that even when we were learning to play our instruments wrong he would encourage us to get really good at playing in that unorthodox manner. This is why I still suck at guitar today. Or am I a genius? :D.
What was the inspiration for the song "Aberdeen"? I'm from Aberdeen, WA, and I always wonder what you guys were thinking when you wrote that. Also, keep being awesome =) Matt: Actually, we were in Aberdeen, Scotland. We had a rehearsal and for some reason I kept singing that.
What was it like trying to break-through as a band, coming from a place such as Bowling Green? I feel like it's almost impossible to go somewhere if you don't have an extremely supportive music scene around you... Matt: Coming from a small town, (side note: a lot of really great bands have come from small towns, so don't give up) just play as many shows as you possibly can, you gotta fish where the fish are.
Also, Matt specifically, do you remember that [private show at the Sacramento Auto Museum] (Link to you did a few months ago? It seemed like an odd place to be, I was also just wondering how it all came to be. As for the museum show, a lot of that stuff comes up organically, we'll get a request from a radio station or whatever.
Matt, what's your workout routine? I noticed you got RIPPED haha. Matt: I discovered Richard Simmons. Changed my life.
Back in September you released 500 translucent yellow vinyl copies if melophobia. I was wondering if you will release more in the future, I would totally buy one, or even two in a second. Jared: Yellow copies were limited. Matt: But i got a hundred in my closet for 3x markup if you're interested.
I'll buy all of them. Jared: I think Matt should just give them to you for free--if he's cool enough.
Matt: Nah.
Matt, has anyone ever complained at your onstage antics? Matt: When we first moved to England, the hip thing to do was to stand still and stare at your shoes on stage, so the record label actually told us that we couldn't move around on stage… We're not on that label anymore.
Scale of 1-10, how much do you love Tidballs? Matt: No but these amps go to ELEVEN.
Jared: 12. Fuck you matt.
Matt: 13.
Jared: 14.
Matt: Infinity, no takebacks.
Jared: Ridiculous. SMH. ^
MATT, i'm a huge fan of the pinkish colored sunglasses you wore during the Thank You, Happy Birthday era. What kind of sunglasses are they? Or what kind are you usually a fan of? Matt: I usually just wear whatever sunglasses are around, hahah, sorry. The only kind of sunglasses I won't wear are those Oakley NASCAR sunglasses.
Jared, we have the same name! Jared: this.
Other than Baby Blue, can we expect any other B-sides from Melophobia? Matt: there's a song called Jesse James that's coming out on Record Store day. And then there's also a song called Ain't That a Shame that didn't make the record.
If a movie studio wanted to make a movie about the coming up of Cage the Elephant... Who would you cast for each of your roles? Matt: For me, easy, Jonah Hill. For Jared, ripped Owen Wilson. For Brad, Alec Baldwin, For Tichenor, I'd cast Danny Devito.
Jared: For me, I'd choose Sam Rockwell but if Johnny Depp got the script he'd be jumping at the chance to play me. For Matt, Tyler Perry. For Brad, The Rock. For Tichenor, Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Any funny stories from the tourecording of Melophobia? And also will you be coming back to Ireland soon? Matt: When the horn section came in and played on Teeth, I kind of just convulsed around the room, and they tried to interpret my movements with their horns. We all laughed until our cheeks hurt. And the song turned out pretty sick. Winning!
What's your favorite song to play? Jared: for me, probably Sabertooth Tiger.
Matt: For me, it's currently Take it or Leave it, or Spiderhead.
Have you ever been recognized halfway through a piss? Matt: Oh yeah. People recognize you and just start talking to you midstream. I'm like "Oh yeah, thanks..glad you like the music…"
Have you ever gotten into a relationship with one of your fans? Matt: ;-)
Matt, would you ever consider doing a solo folk album? I love the intimacy of your acoustic songs and I think it would be beautiful to have a whole album of that :3 <3. Matt: I don't ever count anything out, but it's not something I'm actively pursuing.
Hey Guys! First of all, thank you so much for creating such awesome music. Second, what inspired Cigarette Daydreams? Matt: Real happenings, things that were happening in life. It's written about my now wife, Juliette.
Hey guys! Thanks for doing this AMA! I saw you perform with Muse in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Centre a couple months ago. What was it like touring with them? Any cool stories from the road? Matt: It was pretty sweet, we teleported to all of our shows..
Whats the weirdest thing that's ever happened to the group whilst on touperforming? You guys rock! :) Matt: In the early days we stayed in some funky hotels. In one we got into, we all stayed in the same room. The sheets were stiff and when I turned on the TV, porn was on...
Hi guys! Huge fan here. Love all your stuff. First I'd like to thank you Jared. You gave me some advice on my drumming in the last AMA and it's helped me out a lot! So here are my questions Matt. You have this incredible presence on stage. I absolutely love it but I've always wondered what's going on through your mind while you're up on stage? Matt: First off, I love it whenever people start questions by telling me how incredible I am. Thank you. Secondly, there are a number of things that could be going through my head on stage--I could be thinking about connecting with the crowd, I could be trying to transport myself to the eerie, phantasmagorical plane where the song originated, or I could be thinking about my grocery list. Do I need milk?
Jared. I love the sound of your drums on all three CTE albums. Can you give me a quick rundown of what equipment you like to use? Jared: I mainly use Gretsch drums and Zildjian cymbals, but when we record I use anything from trash cans to hotdog pans to using a cardboard box as a bass drum. As for the changes, they're happening naturally as we get older and mature as musicians.
Hey, it's Parker. You may recognize my name seeing as how I've slept I the same hotel room as Tich and I used to talk to Brad a lot on Facebook. I've been your biggest fan for three years now. Thanks for your music. My question for you is what music are you guys listening to right now? Any underground artists we should know about?? Matt: Fly Golden Eagle, Clear Plastic Masks, Plastic Visions, Diarrhea Planet, Turbofruits, Morning Teleportation, The Orwells, The Drowners, Bad Cop, Chromepony, Ranch Ghost, Screaming Tea Party. You have any to share with us?
You guys are one of my favorite bands, thank you so much for doing this! You guys have played alongside a lot of awesome bands, which of them was your favorite to play with or meet? Matt: So far, the most impressive band we've gotten to play live with was Queens of the Stone Age. But favorite? That's hard to say.
Jared: For me, probably the Foo Fighters. It's hard to deny how fucking cool totallynotdavegrohl is.
The inclusion of Alison Mosshart was a really interesting addition to Melophobia. Do you guys have any more plans to collaborate with other artists? Matt: We don't have any plans but we like to collaborate with other artists. Brad actually just produced a record with Juliette Lewis and Jared played drums on it.
Thanks for doing this AMA, I love you guys, your music and your energy! All of your CDs have had (for the most part) different vibes from each other while maintaining an original and unique sound to you. So my question is when writing and coming up with a new music do you have a set type of direction or noise you intend to convey or do you just go with the flow and see where it takes you? Also what are your inspirations when coming up with new material? Thanks for being here! Matt: It's honestly like a mixture of both. You almost have to have a split personality when you're writing a record.
Jared: Our inspirations come from all aspects of life.
Hey guys! Thank You Happy Birthday is one of my favorite albums, and your music is always awesome. So thanks. Matt, did that two-story stage dive hurt? How was it? Any funny stories while you were recording anything? Matt: No. I'm invincible.
You guys are amazing! Easily one of my favorite bands! Matt: 1. Clint Colburn--he's an amazing artist, he designs all our stuff. His gallery artwork is amazing, check it out if you get a chance.
What is something you would like to do on stage, but haven't found the right moment yet to do? Jared: 2. Crowdsurf, but every time I try the song falls apart. But we're still trying to find the right moment to reveal our Mini Stonehenge.
Do you usually have after parties after your concerts? Matt: we used to, all the time. Now sometimes we have to leave right after the shows.
Jared: There's not as much time these days to party, but we try when we can.
What's the oddest gift either of you have been given? Not necessarily odd as in bad, but just the most unusual. Jared: Not one I got, but one I sent. I mailed my brother in New Jersey dog poop one time. It was hilarious.
Matt: This is kind of tough. Because I feel somewhat obligated to invent some crazy story that tops all stories…but I guess I'll just tell a true story: One time someone gave me a shark.
Hey, big fan of everything you guys do I wanted to ask you what you really think your "sound" is, what exactly would you personally classify your music as? Matt: Kind of hard to answer. Hopefully we're not genre-specific and one of our biggest fears is for our creative process to be hindered by those kinds of restrictions.
Matt, have you ever considered playing the stylophone? Matt: Like on a song or as like a career change?
Hey guys, first i want to thank you for the AMA, second I want to thank you for your music. You guys got me interested in music a few years ago and now it's a huge part of my life. I managed to miss yous play with foals a few weeks ago so that sucked. Well my question is what was you guys most memorable gig and what made it so memorable? Matt: Lollapalooza, 2011, when it rained, and 40,000 people stayed and watched. It was torrential downpour and no one left, the crowd got bigger.
What songs would you like to cover? Matt: We recently did an acoustic cover of Broken Bells' Holdin on For Life. I'd love to do a full band cover of it.
Jared: Right now, the Wall by Pink Floyd because we're listening to the vinyl. I'd cover just about anything to be honest--as long as it has drums.
Seeing you guys live in May and was wondering if it would be appropriate to throw down at the show? Jared: Throw what down!? If you're Thor, then NO.
What was it like to have Dave Grohl sub in for Jared when he had appendicitis? Did he volunteer to help or was he asked? How the hell did he learn your songs so fast... Well, seeing as I'm (Jared) the only one responding to questions and comments now because this is my personal account… It sucked for me personally… only because I didn't get to play with dave:( but i asked my tour manager in my drugged up mental state, laying in the hospital bed if he thought Dave would fill in for me. he said, "I don't know mate, we can always ask." he came back 30 mins later and told me dave grohl was gonna fill in for me. I shortly rejoiced in pain. haha nah but, It was kind of generous for him to do that. He didn't have to but he did it anyways. He's a remarkable musician and a good friend now because of it. see here
What size shoe/boot does Matt wear? Matt: 9 and a half. You got some shoes for me?
Hey guys thanks for doing this, I was just wondering if you guys will have a show in michigan before 2015 and if you guys ever plan on releasing an album with some of you're songs that aren't on albums like Dr. Dr. Dr. Or carry me again? Jared & Matt: Yeah, we'd love to, someday.
Hi, Im one of Nick Bockrath's former guitar students, and I wanted to know if Nick is just a short term replacement or will he be a permanent member of the band? Thanks! Matt: Right now we're not adding any permanent members, but Nick is great.
Do you guys play video games as a pass time when not thinking about things having to do with the band? Jared: I do. Brad does too sometimes. I'm always trying to improve my cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination by playing FPS's.
You guys mentioned in an interview you were influenced by some of the Nashville underground scene- What are some of those influences? Matt: It's not necessarily any particular band, just the energy of the city.
Dammit, I always miss the cool AMAs! How'd you guys get hooked up with Foals for the NYC show, and where's the after-party? You don't miss an AMA I'm involved in. You just might get a delayed answer. If you submitted it, you're on the bus smokey! Your stop just might be a little delayed, thats all!
How much fun did you guys have when Dave Grohl subbed in for drumming? I had so much fun recovering in a hospital in SLC from a burst appendix that was infecting my other internal organs! yay! I am sure that it was a surreal experience for the other dudes. But, I guess if i could choose anyone to fill in for me it would be good ole Dave! That man is a saint with a kind soul and a fun personality!
I'd ask a question, but it'd probably just go in one ear and right out the other. Here, have an upvote anyways.
Yeah, Jared communicated it to me so I could give some of our subscribers a head start. Hoping this boosts the numbers on our little subreddit! You need to make me a mod bob! I think its time!
Matt had a dream where an old lady was sweeping his front porch and she was saying "cage the elephant" over and over. Correct ^
Matt was eating alphabet soup and it spelled it out in the bowl. True ^
I was wondering if your birthday was February 27th like your username suggests. Because my name is also Jared and my birthday is February 27th. oh shit, mind blown.
Happy belated birthday!
Hey guys, I'm a huge fan and can't wait to see you in may. I was wondering; when it comes to music, who was your first love. Jared: Zeppelin.
Matt: Honestly, for me it was my dad.
Fuuuck!! I missed it. Regardless, I olve the new album. Keep it up guys. I have been hooked ever since I heard Ain't No Rest For the Wicked in a movie trailer. You don't miss a Jared AMA… Thanks for the kind words! here buddy
Thanks for doing this, you guys are my favorite band. I've always wanted to know how you come up with the lyrics to your songs, cause some of them, like Teeth and Japeneese Buffalo, kick ass. Matt: Those two are stream-of-consciousness. Pretty much I try to create a picture. I usually work on them until the song makes me feel whatever emotion I'm trying to convey.
Hey, I wanted to know if you guys remembered the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio. Also I can't wait to see our guys in Raleigh, being a broke highschool student, a free concert is a huge help. Matt: It was in Scotland, in a Burger King in a truck stop. I told everyone in the Burger King "Oh my god, that's my band on the radio!" No one gave a shit.
I'm seeing you guys in Ventura .. If I made you guys the coolest poster ever would you guys keep it ! Matt: No, we'd burn it.
Of course we'd keep it!
Jared: Hell yes.
I got one of your quotes tatted on me ! Isn't that nice ! Matt: I'm sorry. Tattoo removal techniques are advancing every single day!
Not a question, but y'all are awesome! thank you
How funny was it when Tich fell at KROQ because it looked pretty freaking funny. It was hilarious.. I almost messed up my drum parts trying not to laugh too hard! Haha.
BG represent. I don't have a question, just wanted to tell you that me and a couple of my buddies were the ones that held you up on the wall at the tidballs "secret" show to dance, matt. Best show of all time. Matt: Thank you for the support. Literally.
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2013.12.11 03:05 max_pretzel Melophobia by Cage the Elephant. Less juvenile than their previous albums, which proves to be their key to success.

Artist: Cage the Elephant
Album: Melophobia
Genre: Alternative rock
Length: 37 minutes
Release Date: 8 October, 2013
What is melophobia? My trusty source (read: Google) tells me that it's a "fear of music." It's interesting that Cage the Elephant would choose to name their album this, considering that there's really nothing to be afraid of on their third album. Most recognize the Kentucky five-piece from their hit Ain't No Rest for the Wicked off their 2008 self-titled debut. I liked the song but I wasn't overly crazy about it, or the rest of the album for that matter. Neither was I particularly favorable towards the band's sophomore LP. That said, I was a little hesitant about Melophobia. Would it be another dull addition to Cage the Elephant's discography or would it be a pleasant surprise? Now that I've listened to it in its entirety, I must say it was quite the surprise. Distorted and fuzzy guitars have replaced the rambunctious punk of their earlier offerings and it's clear they've taken a couple chill pills since their last release.
A lot of the disappointment circulating the previous works of Cage the Elephant stemmed from the band's pure adolescence. It, at times, derailed into an immature "don't-give-a-damn" attitude. Don't get me wrong, this can work and it has for plenty of bands but unfortunately, they missed the mark. Now, however, the band have finally calmed down and matured themselves and their sound and, as it turns out, that was just what their music needed. Endless comparisons to alt-rock bands of the past could be made: Pixies, MGMT, even the Beatles...but making such comparisons would be missing the point. Cage the Elephant went to some great lengths to distance themselves from recorded music, shutting themselves off from it to the best of their ability. Their reasoning for this was their desire to be more "honest" musicians, and viewed the definition of melophobia (fear of music, as previously explained) not literally, but as a fear of making music to look cool rather than actually trying to send a message. In an era where image reigns supreme for most bands considered "cool," this is a gutsy step. As with any band who tries to change their sound and image, Cage the Elephant made the risk of alienating fans. But for every fan lost, they most likely gained a couple new ones.
There's a very grimy, bluesy sensibility to the music on Melophobia. Alison Mosshart of the Kills and the Dead Weather was brought along on It's Just Forever. Her presence on this album perhaps only adds to the blues-influenced sound the album was chockfull of. Her voice is a nice addition to a great song. She isn't overbearing to the point where the listener becomes sick of her, but she isn't unnoticeable to the point where the listener clamors for more of her either. There's a healthy dose of Alison Mosshart on this album, and that's all we need.
Gone is the unabashed youthfulness of Cage the Elephant's previous albums. In its place is a slower, matured sound. They've become more passionate and introspective, and when it's clear that they really care about their music, so will their audience. Though some of their fans will want them to stay young forever, more objective critics will realize that their metamorphosis into maturity has not hindered their ability to create interesting, fun rock music.
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2013.11.06 22:10 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: Led Zeppelin press officer BP Fallon tells all - maybe? AMA

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Have you got your groove on? Ramones, real or cartoon? Happy? sad? do you like Ceilidh? do you like Doo Wop? Ramones!!! Do you know who Elvis Ramone is? Elvis Ramone is/was Clem Burke who was a Ramone for a couple of gigs. Clem is a member of Blondie, Clem is a member of BP Fallon & The Bandits. Another great drummer! Sometimes live Scott Asheton from The Stooges joins us - two drummers, Clem AND Scott. Life's amazing.
What happened to The Wang Dang Doodle show? I use to tune in periodically, but it seems it's no longer running? Wang Dang Doodle! Temporarily in retirement. I love DJing, on the radio or live. I'm DJing w/ My Bloody Valentine this Sat Nov 9 in Philadelphia, then DJing two MBV shows in NY at the Hammerstein Ballroom Mon & Tues Nov 11th/12th. Love it.
Do you have a link where I can listen to Wang Dang Doogle?!!! Yes. Go to my humble blog Link to - they're all there on iTunes for free.
Best Led Zeppelin groupie story? Untellable
Ask Me Anything except for the best stories about the band :) :)
Do tell... Hmmm. Nope. Love the band, love the music, we all had a great time. YOU tell me a secret?!
here folks is where we all walk away from the AMA, as he is not spilling the beans. 0/10. Ah! Man wants kiss-and-tell! Interesting what people are interested in!
He did say maybe Link to I did say maybe, yes. Fun & frolics w/o uptight bollocks, that's what I'm into. And if someone wants dirt... go elsewhere, please. Gosh, some folk are so SERIOUS.
Just tell us about the shark. True story or rock myth? Well, it was a red snapper... true story, consensual explorations...
Howya beep... What did Ronnie Drew actually think of Bob Dylan's version of 'The Auld Triangle'?.. Did he just spin it for shits n' giggles or did he actually like it? Ronnie Drew LOVED Dylan's 'The Auld Triangle', was very moved by it. It's a tremendous version. The track, it's from 'The Basement Tapes' sessions.
Any memorable interactions with Led Zeppelin? And just how great was John Bonham on the drums? John Bonham - I loved him. He wasn't always designed for all the hoopla. Drummer? Simply ultra. A big hug across the spaces to you, Bonzo. Much love x.
What was the most "What the fuck?" moment you had with Led Zeppelin that you can tell us about? In four words - Bonzo Flying The Plane.
Is that before he joined U2 ? Yes. And no. And know :)
How loopy were the decision-making processes at Apple? Did George Harrison have a larger part in it than he has been given credit for? Often pretty free-form. The input from The Beatles varied - George I think did a great job producing Jackie Lomax' album. Jackie's 'Sour Milk Sea' - written by George - had all The Fabs on it apart from John plus EC having a twang and was excellent.
Thanks for the response, it's really nice to be able to do this with you. How was your pre-reddit stage fright? This can be an tough room to work, at times. lol. It's fine, nice to talk to people in any way, actually.
If you're back in Tennessee, I'll buy lunch @ the Palm in Nashville (just down the hill from the Ryman). PM me, I'm good for it. Thanks for the AMA. Wow. Thank you. I believe I'll take you up on this (once I figure out how to PM you, I'm learning boogaloo (it keeps one going & on one's toes)
Cool song and video. What is your inspiration when writing lyrics and thinking up the videos? Thank you. Here's the 'Kill Me Till I Crawl' link again for everyone else Link to Lyrics kinda pop out or slither down some sort of divining rod. This video is the brainchild of Eat The Danger who are two guys from Ireland who understand the darker humour of John Lennon, that there are shadows even when the sun's shining somewhere else. Reality is a fig leaf of the imagination.
Lyrics kinda come, they pop up or out. Been writing stuff in my notebooks for years, never know why; I do now. Actually, it's alchemy, song-writing. You go into a room w/ nothing and angels willing - and Aaron Lee Tasjan/Nigel Harrison/Clem Burke vibing - you come out of the room w/ something you can share w/ the world...
I love this song, but don't you think it's kinda twisted? Yes, it is kinda twisted. But in a good way - it all works out fine in the end Link to
I believe you managed Johnny Thunders from the New York Dolls, what's it like to manage a junkie? Managing Johnny Thunders was an honour and a privilege - one of the greatest rock'n'rollers ever, a cross between Gene Vincent and Howling Wolf mixed in with The Shangr-Las. I love the man, bless him. What a guitarist/song-writestylist. Listen to Johnny's album 'So Alone' where he's joined by Phil Lynott, Steve Jones & Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, Steve Marriott... me on harmonica on Marc Bolan's song 'The Wizard, bit of BP singing there too, nobody's perfect... Johnny and junk? Not the wand of wisdom waving, not good. Heroin kills.
You could have been a great politician. One can be honest w/o sticking knives in people. Honestly :) And life is to be loved and friends - indeed, people in general - are to be treasured. No?
BP, here you are on stage rockin' a bass, and sportin' a black cowboy hat with John Lennon. How did this come about? Do you still keep in contact with any members of The Beatles? Link to Wheeew! How'd it come about? John Lennon asked me. "Are you gettin' up?" he said and I did. I see Paul McCartney now & zen - like at Zeppelin's 'Celebration Day' movie premier and at weddings.
Is it true that when you worked at Apple Records one of your jobs was to test Paul McCartney's grass? True. Great gig to have, ridiculous really. Apple for me was magic, not just Johnpaulgeorgeandringo but in particular as well as The Fabs, Derek Taylor who unwittingly was a guru to me - and to John and George,wittingly. Derek, he was The Beatles' Press Officer. Magical gentleman. Thank you, Derek, as time goes by and comes back again.
Someone told me that Ian MacLagan from The Faces played keys on your new record? Is that true material? Yes, Ian McLagan - Mac as he's known - plays on our album. LP/CD/digital download buy here (plug): Link to He's a brilliant man, we've been friends for ages. He says "I know BP from before he had a hat". If I was to get all analytical, I'd think how wild it is having the keyboard player from the Stones' Miss You' on our album. Or that amazing organ on the Small Faces' 'Tin Soldier'... Will the circle be unbroken? Yes.
Were there any particularly noteworthy groups that caused problems, raised a particularly creative complaint, or anything along those lines? (I'm totally with you that its all bollocks or possibly the band trolling, just curious in general) Not really. Oh yes, I'd forgotten about these guys (as one does), Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I worked w/ them briefly, they were pompous and not my cup of tea at all. I'm not here to be unkind - but goodness, they were shite.
Do you have any favorite young, emerging bands of 2013? The Strypes - love them, they're real and ultra vibey. The Hot Sprockets I've played with, them backing me Link to - and The Ghost Wolves are a powerful duo who I've also had the pleasure of singing with Link to Three very cool combos!
Why are you championing The Strypes? Aren't they just doing what lots of groups like The Yardbirds and The Animals were doing YEARS ago, rhythm n blues songs by Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley etc? Yes, in their own way. But no-one's heard this music since 50 years ago and it's fresh and rocking. The Strypes are a really really good band.
Was Johnny a handful in the junkie daze? Johnny was a sweetheart. A handful? Yes, sometimes - aren't we all, sometimes?
New York, 1973. - Who stole the $200K? Good question. I really truly don't know. Weird scenes inside the goldmine.
Fuckin Jim... Uh?
You quoted Jim Morrison. I just mentioned his name in jest. Ah yeah. "Weird scenes..." I thought it was something to do w/ Jimmy Page and didn't understand the drift. Got it now, thank you!
Hey beep. Have you ever been approached about and or would you be interested in someone producing a documentary about your life and experiences? Remain well. I'm open to that, in theory anyway. Maybe to tie-in with 'the book'... People do keep asking me to write a book - we'll see.
I'd read it, certainly! It would be an inside history of rock'n'roll from working with the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Johnny Thunders and T.Rex up to the Bandits now. Sounds like you've had a charmed life my friend. I have and am having a blessed life. Can't believe I'm the singer in a band, it was never planned. Two things - trust in the angels and row like fuck. Instant karma's gonna get you.
Have you ever met Bob Dylan? If so elaborate on the experience! Thank you! Link to - The Tale Of Bob Dylan, Johnny Thunders, Sid Vicious & Van (Morrison). Truth is stranger than friction.
What's it like touring now with My Bloody Valentine? How do you like working with Kevin Shields? Kevin Shields is a one-off, tremendous guy. MBV, there is no other band like them, all this power & glory that transmogrifies itself into psychedelia. Nov 9th Philadelphia, Nov 11th & 12th Hammerstein Ballroom NYC!
You've been to some gigs over the years - care to pick out a favourite one? Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan & The Band, Led Zeppelin every night, T.Rex every night, Muddy Waters, Ziggy and The Stooges and The Dolls, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Public Enemy, Mavis Staples, Stones... many many many... I'm very lucky.
Not a fan of the grateful dead? I love the Dead's version of 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue' - beautiful guitaring by Mr Garcia, his vocals feeling the song. And I'm not against a few hours of 'Dark Star' when the occasion merits it. Saw The Dead several times, Bickershaw Festival/Hollywood Festival/London in England, Madison Sq Gardens in NY. Always a wonderful journey.
If one bangs a gong, does one HAVE to get it on? If one bangs a gong, one IS getting it on x.
When working at Apple Records, did you ever interact with Chris O'Dell? I love her autobiography and she worked there too. Yes. Very nice person. Haven't read her book, I'd imagine it's a hoot.
Yes! Very entertaining, to say the least! :) Oh good. Look forward to reading it. Thanks for reminding me about it. Ah, 'Pisces Apple Lady'.
I am fond of the work you have done with amazing models such as Cara Delevingne & Kate Moss. What do you think about the character of those women, and how did you come to work with them? How well do they keep it together behind closed doors? They're simply friends, two amazing people. Great energies. Cara sung backing vocals live w/ BPF & The Bandits. She's beyond effervescent.
Do you see Bono often? and is he an ego-tripper? Ah, Bono! I saw him on Thursday. I believe he's a very sincere man.
How did you come to meet Alison Mosshart of the kills? I met Alison Mosshart at Death Disco in London many full moons ago when I was DJing there w/ Courtney Love. The Kills are a great band, Alison and Jamie have great energies. I've DJed a bunch of Kills shows, it's always a gas.
Is it true there are secret tracks in Jimmy Page's vault of you singing with Led Zeppelin backing you? Which songs are you talking about? :)
Can you elaborate on the whole grass tester for paul mccartney thing? It sounds like a pretty cool job. Was that for quality control or did people sell paul poisoned weed or something? Why did he need a grass tester? Lord, I never thought of the 'poisoned weed' scenario till now!!! Gosh. No, this was quality control of the highest order (literally).
I read Richard Cole's 'uncensored' Zeppelin biography, which was basically called a sack of lies by Robert and Jimmy. Have you read it? And if so, would you say that it's more truth or BS? Oh, and did he steal the $200k? ;) Haven't read it, skimmed through it to read the bits about me. One man's truth is another mans bs and all of us, we sometimes change our minds as we boogie on. The $200k? I don't believe so
I'd be willing to bet it was a stunt by Peter Grant... How else would Led Zeppelin tell the media how much it costs for them to perform a show?! I don't believe it was. Peter was a very good actor but not THAT good.
I love your 45 'I Believe In Elvis Presley' that you made with Jack White. How did you work that out? Link to Mr White came up to me in a club in NY and asked me would I like to go down to Nashville and make a record. First person ever to ask me to do that. So I did. Changed my life, literally. BPF & The Bandits came out of that. JW also asked me to be in the videos for the Dead Weather song 'She Cuts Like A Buffalo' and that was fun. A very very talented man.
I love this picture! This picture is definitely worth 1000 words. How many words can you throw at it Beep? Um... my girlfriend then Patsy & I watching Bob Dylan from the side of the stage, Slane 1984. Both Mick Taylor and Ian MClagan were in Dylan's band and they were why Patsy & I had such a great view. Ian McLagan plays Hammond organ on this BPF & The Bandits track 'Kill Me Till I Crawl' (the celebration of which is why I'm typing away here, brothers & sisters). "Sometimes it is what it is/ And sometimes it is what you make it..." the songs says - dig: Link to
This is not a question. I'd like to say that your song "Increasingly Often" along with Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Increasingly Often - Link to Forever Young - Link to Wow. Thank you. "Bless us who are still alive And bless us who are still in heaven It's not that I'm a Holy Joe I'm simply very grateful you are here"
and Robert? I always thought Robert was bisexual (like that picture of you with your head on his shoulder) Nope, no boy-on-boy action there. Apart from anything - and sometimes anything is everything - there wouldn't have been TIME. As you can gather, there was other stuff going on...
I think it was pretty obvious that they had something going on.
Are there any sexual stories between Jimmy and Robert? I always thought Robert was bisexual (like that picture of you with your head on his shoulder) No way! Robert's straighter than a kangaroo's erection! I must say he looked good in a dress - see 'Physical Graffiti' cover - but that's about the size of it (pun intended).
I've heard you once kidnapped yourself. What was that all about? Not sure :)
No idea :)
Can you explain what is going on here? Was this Cara's idea or yours? Link to This circus band came vibing down the street in Austin and one just had to have a choogle with them. My friend Weston McGowan filmed this, everyone seemed to have a camera or phone a-filming. Instant idea, no thought. Mad music = dance.
What's the most embarrassing album in your personal collection? May I answer the question in reverse, please? I've got three copies of 'Leave Home' by the Ramones, three LPs all the same. Just in case. y'know? Yknow. Vinyl - simply sounds REAL. Plug Alert - our BP Fallon & The Bandits album 'Still Legal' sounds AMAZING on 180gm heavy vinyl, these LPs pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville - try/buy here: Link to
Did heavy drugs improve Led Zeppelin or did it destroy them? their playing ect? I don't wish to appear censorious - but 'heavy drugs' rarely added. I'm not a DV - drug virgin - so I can say this. I mean, short term a lot of that boogaloo was a laugh. But...
What was the first record you ever bought? Also, have you ever been contacted by Marc Bolan's ghost? First record bought - 'A Million $ Of Twang' by Duane Eddy. Marc's ghost? No need, he's here anyway.
I know you've spent some time in Austin, TX recording your album. Are there any local bands from Austin that you are fond of or have high hopes for? The Ghost Wolves - Jonny (drums) & Carley (guitar), they're powerful. Love Joe King Carrasco, a dear friend. I've had the pleasure of singing w/ both The Ghost Wolves and Joe. And with Ray Wylie Hubbard, who's another high highway gentleman. I love that fellow Willie Nelson, too.
Was there every any "turbulence" on The Zeppelin Starship? Sometimes things went up and down in the bedroom. A proper bed w/ en suite shower, next door to the hippy room with cushions on the floor and a fake fireplace...
Evening Beep. I remember listening to your BP Fallon Orchestra programme many moons ago. You had some great guests - do you think it might get revived or repeated at some stage? There are actually bootlegs of some of the shows. And here's the anarchic Pogues one: Link to
In your song 'Cold Chils', I like the line "What's the point if you don't have a joint versus what's the fun if you don't have a gun" - but what does it mean exactly? The difference between them and us :)
How long did it take them to animate your video? Looks great! Not that long, really. I'm a big fan of Eat The Danger, they're tremendous, really hip'n'happening.
Link to Yes. Marc Bolan & T.Rex = timeless
Are you a vinyl man? I like the wax of life.
I know what I'll be doing for the rest of the day. If it's a Wang Dang Doodle day - have a great one! And if it isn't - have a great one too (one two)
Awesome! I guess you figured out the answer is yes :) Link to
Not so much a question but just wanted to say hello! I met you in Galway years ago at Death Disco and you were super cool and friendly! Thank you sir. Running the Death Disco parties w/ Alan McGee was a gas. Our guest DJs included Shane MacGowan and Kate Moss and one of the greatest people ever, Ronnie Drew.
Sir = Madam :) Yep i remember that night Alan was sick and Shane's flight was delayed so it was you, Jamie and i think Des. Great night and you guys played some amazing stuff. RIP Ronnie. People ask me who's the most amazing person you've ever met. Well, it's not a competition or a race but Ronnie Drew and his wife Deirdre - magnificent
When i moved to Dublin he was the first 'famous' person i met, a true gent and the world lost a good one when he died. Ronnie Drew was The Greatest Living Irishman. He still is.
Great Animation! Eat The Danger did the animation - they have a great punk rock attitude, it's rockin' but with a smile.
Yes. And no. And know :) Actually, TheLighterDr - yours is among the best questions...
I have and am having a blessed life. Can't believe I'm the singer in a band, it was never planned. Two things - trust in the angels and row like fuck. Instant karma's gonna get you. "row like fuck" above - 'row' rhymes w/ 'know'. Just say know
Ultimate Fan Porn there... Terrifying!
Link to Intense!
Nice song, like the old school distortion @ 1:40. (child of the 70's here) Ah, the incredible take-no-prisoners guitar solo by Aaron Lee Tasjan. It's one of my fave parts of the video - wild as an electric cow! Link to
I'm curious about how you and our rock and roll heroes that you know all feel about aging. To be 70 and still on stage must have seemed unthinkable when you guys were younger. Actually, age is subjective, it's a state of mind. The blues guys, the country guys, they played till they conked out. Rock'n'roll's the same vibe now, if it's real. Yes, to be like you say 70 on stage, it's a wild concept - but it's beautiful. I just got a flash of John Lee Hooker sitting there, bashing the chords out, stomping his foot, telling of how she mistreated him. Timeless and for ever.
Link to Vs. Link to Both of these ladies are pretty damn sexy if you ask me. Both :)
I don't really think those 2 models are of the same caliber... Kate Moss & Cara Delevingne - they're BOTH great, true vibers, true rock'n'roll hearts.
I can only imagine, Kevin Shields is a genius! More importantly, he's an incredibly nice man, a genuine geezer. AND talented, VERY.
I've watched this video so many times, and I knew that they were miming, but I've never noticed until now that there are TWO people playing bass. Hilarious. Yes. Klaus Voorman playing the real bass. Incredible guy, I knew him from when he was in Manfred Mann, he goes back to Hamburg days w/ John Lennon, then it was Klaus & Astrid, they were the hip visual shakers who influenced these greasy Liverpudlians. Alan White the drummer I knew from when he was playing w/ Terry Reid.
Wow. Thank you. "Bless us who are still alive And bless us who are still in heaven It's not that I'm a Holy Joe I'm simply very grateful you are here" I'm not sure it's true but nonetheless I'm very moved by your comment.
BP! You're the man, I've been looking up to you for awhile now. I was ecstatic when I saw this (and I don't even use reddit!). Hope you are well my friend. Very well, thank you! Simply enjoying this adventure called life - trust you are too. Music is the massage. BPF & The Bandits 'Kill Me Till I Crawl' animated video again Link to
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2013.10.05 23:10 tabledresser [Table] IamA Jared Champion, Drummer for Cage the Elephant, AMA!

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How did you guys get "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" into Borderlands? Did they approach you? This is where I originally heard you guys, when the game first came out, and I've loved you ever since. :) Thanks for doing this AMA! Yes, they did approach us and I was the one who convinced the band to approve it. It was an awesome game and the Borderlands crew did an amazing job choreographing the video to the song. It's a great opening to the game, fits it perfect.
I was the one who convinced the band to approve it. It sounds like it took approving. Was there some opposition to allowing Borderlands to use it? Why would there be opposition? No, no opposition, the other guys just don't play video games. They didn't understand what the game was about. So, by convince them, I mean I just said this sounds like a pretty cool game lets do it. They were like "cool!"
How did you feel when Dave Grohl took your place for a few shows when you couldn't play? Were you honored? How do you like him as a drummer? Yeah, after the first show I played with the foo fighters i was hospitalized (appendicitis) and in my drugged state i asked our manager if he thought Dave Grohl would fill in for me so our tour wouldn't be cancelled.
He placed a call to Dave and called me right back and said "Hey mate, Dave Grohl's going to fill in for you!"
I was more than honored because he was one of my idols growing up, and me and him have become really close friends because of it. I think he's a great drummer, great performer. But Taylor Hawkins is better than him--don't tell him I said that. (ha ha).
Just to add one more thing, everything awesome you've heard about Dave is true, and more. check this out
Kill, fuck, marry with 3 of your fellow band members? Okay there's only 4 but I'd kill matt, fuck link, and marry matt. In that order.
What inspired the writing of "In One Ear"? Who was talkin' shit? Love you all. We were really young and naive and we were just talking about a lot of the haters and critics in our home town who thought we were just playing shitty pop music.
When did you realize that you and your band had "made it?" When we played lollapalooza about two years ago i think, it started pouring rain and the whole crowd was singing "Shake me Down". It was one of the most memorable moments of my life and that's when I realized how much people love our music.
Confession:I went to arctic monkeys instead and they didnt play for half the allotted time cuz they didn't want their equipment to get wet. later, I watched your videos and saw the complete lack of fucks that were given and realized i had made a terrible choice. Personally we've been acquainted with Arctic Monkeys and i like their music. But the rain at Lolla just gave us motivation to rock harder-- we didn't care about what got wet (or who got electrocuted)
What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened backstage? One time we were backstage and Courtney Love came up to us and just started mumbling something about cool kids sounding weird or something. She just walked off after that, it was weird.
I decided to pick up a guitar because I wanted to learn how to play Lotus. That cow bell opening and visualizing Matt's crazy dancing gets me every time. You guys are awesome and I can't want to hear your music for years to come. Now for the question. Who is your favorite drummer and favorite band? Also, soda or pop? My favorite drummer is Mitch Mitchell, I was really upset when he died because I was in England at the time (he lived there) and it was my dream to meet him.
Hi, I'm a huge fan of the band. Melophobia is a great album! How was it touring with the Black Keys (another outstanding band). Any interesting stories? One time, me and Pat (drummer for Keys and good friend) stole a golf cart after a festival show. We got pulled over by the golf-cart police...we were hammered, it was fun!
Did you befriend him before the band started? If not, how'd you meet? If so, how'd you meet? We met on tour and bonded over beer. Very cool dude!
What would happen if the elephant got out of the cage? Hopefully someone would grab that mother before it does too much damage.
How awesome was it opening for Muse? I feel like those shows would've been kick ass to be a part of! It was awesome. Their show and production blew my mind. Me and their drummer became really good friends on that tour he's a cool motherfucker.
They had 5 crew buses and twelve semis and flew a private jet. Crazy.
Favourite song? (by you and in general) Favourite song to play live? What's the meaning behind your favourite songs? By us: Shake me down because it still gives me chills to play it live--still my favorite to play live so a two for one.
By anyone: "Santa" by Lightnin' Hopkins and "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin.
Most awkward boner story? No boner story is ever awkward when you've perfected the uptuck.
Back in the old days of perfect confusion you had a different guitar player. Is he really as wonderful, handsome and talented as they say he is? Yes. He's Great. He's here right now. And he's always in my heart.
What were your grades like in high school? I graduated with a 3.5 academic diploma, bitch!
How have you guys liked working with morning teleportation? We love those dudes they're like brothers. But they are all skinny dirty hippies and they smell a little bit.
It sucked that you couldn't play for a couple of your shows, but you did manage to get Dave Grohl to fill in. How was that? Did he ever ask for help for your guys songs? Any funny stories while you guys toured with him? They are by far our favorite band to tour with. It was awesome--sitting in a hospital bed. But I know my band members loved the experience.
Btw, saw you guys in Vancouver! You absolutely killed it! Definitely my all time favorite concert! Funny story, I accidentally kissed Dave Grohl on the lips as we were leaving a show after partying with them. We were saying goodbyes and we went for a hug, then we both went for cheek kisses and we connected with the lip kiss. totallynotdavegrohl's lips are very soft and nice! He is dreamy.
What's the weirdest thing a fan has said or done to you guys? You guys fucking rock. Well for me personally, one time I had my hair cut here in Bowling Green and I was talking to my hairdresser about my band and touring and when I left, the old lady sitting next to me getting her hair cut bought my cut hair off the floor from the hairdresser to give to her granddaughter because she was such a big fan of the band. It was weirdly flattering.
What is the most exciting thing about being a professional musician? All the sleep I get, all the traveling we get to do and all the inspiring people we get to meet. And we're on break so I already beat GTA V.
I would be so happy if you could do me a huge favor and listen to I would love to hear what you have to say about my band. Also, who would you say are the artists you are most into right now? Listening now--great song, you sound like excellent musicians and that chick's voice is amazing.
Who is your favorite founding father? George Washington cuz if he was still around the government wouldn't be shut down.
Is Matt Shultz as crazy off the stage as he is on the stage? Not quite. He's a great performer.
Understood. I know you guys have been supportive of Bowling Green music, but I didn't want readers from outside the area getting the wrong impression. Yes and we still are very supportive of the local scene. Hell, I still jam the blues down at Tidballs every Tuesday when I'm home and with different local musicians every time. But like I said, I was referring to the time period when we first started as a band. We were 15 and maybe some of those bands were around then, but we didn't know them yet. There's always been great bands in BG and I mentioned a lot of the current local ones in another comment. But, I understand I don't want to mislead readers either.
IS IT YOU?!?!?!? U/romantivist.
Onea my friends knows some of you guys, he went to Murray State for college, is it true ya'll smoke tons of weed? I frequent /trees smokey.
If you could do a tour with any artist, which one would be? (Can be an artist or group thats not around any more) Probably Led Zeppelin, because they're who got me into rock n roll. Or Lightnin' Hopkins.
You guys have such interesting album covers. What is the story behind them? We use a guy named R. Clint Colburn out of Lexington KY. He does all of our album artwork and most of our t-shirts. Google him his work is great.
A lot of people listen to music to relax and take their mind of work and what-have-you, is that the same way for you when your job is music? What do you do to take your mind off things? I put on the Lightnin' Hopkins Pandora and listen to old delta and Chicago blues. I never get tired of that. And when I'm not listening to music, video games are a great way to take my mind off things.
What was the most difficult song for you and for the rest of the band during the recording process? How did you come to recruit Alisson Mosshart? The whole process was somewhat difficult and somewhat magical and somewhat awesome. It was my idea to use Alison Mosshart, the other guys wanted Santi Gold, but she was busy at the time.
Inspiration for Ain't no rest for the wicked? Did that actually happen to you? That's matt's great story-telling abilities. you should ask him about it.
Do you have a vcr that i can borrow? Yes, maybe actually.
Can you tell me why I should start listening to your band in the form of a haiku? Yes I can because.
We are cool motherfuckers.
So buy our album.
What would you say to bands just starting up? Trying to get noticed? Be persistent and practice, practice, practice. The better you are live the more people will like your music.
And one of the most important things is to gel together as not just a band but as brothers (or sisters). That's the one thing about bands that most people don't understand- how hard it is to keep kosher with everyone after being trapped on tour buses and planes for years and years together.
Do you know when you guys will be going on tour? I'd love to see you guys in Florida! We're doing a headlining tour next year, probably going to be everywhere!
What inspired you to start playing the drums? What's your favorite song to play(not just by CTE)? Where do you see yourself in 20 years? My dad Bill Champion got me started. All credit for me starting drums goes to him.
Me and Thomas from PC have a small side project where we just jam some blues and cover songs and one of the songs we do is "Grown So Ugly", a song the Black Keys covered, and we cover their version and it's a lot of fun to play. That or "Ball and Biscuit." The blues is my favorite music to play.
In 20 years hopefully still kickin it and jamming.
I saw you guys are planning to come to DC (where I live)- I'm your FB friend as well, and we've met before in Philly. But my question is, can I hang out with you guys backstage/in the city when you guys come to the city to tour Melophobia? Message my facebook and I'll do my best.
What's the most insane place you performed at? Scotland, because whether they love you or hate you they still throw bottles at you no matter what. That's what makes Scotland so badass.
Any UK festivals in the works for next year? Can't wait for new album by the way! Yeah, working on that right now--we're doing a europe and england tour with Foals in February so come check that out!
Hey jared! how are you doing today? this.
How many times a night are you offered sex by fans? Literally at least 5-10 times a night, because I'm so handsome and women can't help themselves. I'm a lion king of the sexual jungle but I save my dominance for my lovely lioness at home.
Who came up with the name of your second album, and what's the meaning behind it? "Thank You, Happy Birthday" is quite the funky name. Collaborative, and we wanted anyone buying it to feel like they were receiving a present.
What music do you like that isn't rock related? I'm a fan of every genre of music, although every genre has good and bad stuff.
Who were your favorite drummers growing up and who are your favorite now? My dad, Bill Champion, first and foremost, Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Nick Mason. Now, all the same but I really like the drummer for Alt-J, I think he's very creative.
What are your 3 favorite places to play based on energy and fan reaction alone? Chicago, Tidball's in Bowling Green. Seattle and Dallas are both pretty crazy, but I enjoy playing shows in any city because it's the fans' energy that makes the show good for us, and every city has good fans.
How did you guys become so kick ass and awesome? Pretty much because i'm the coolest member of the band and everyone in the band emulates and looks up to me.
Today my workmate said he'd kill to see you guys live (says it weekly) then added you never have/will play in Canada. Just how much of an idiot is he? I'd love to see you address "Jeff" in your answer. First: Jeff DO NOT kill anything...Ever! Life is bigger than music. Buuut our live show is pretty fucking awesome. Jeff, you are only slightly an idiot.
What's your favorite ocean animal and why? Dolphins because they're very smart and they look friendly. it's been a goal of mine to try to swim with one and get him to let me ride his fin. Also, seals, because they're so damn cute they look like the dogs of the seas.
Would you rather live in a Mexican Russia or a Russian Mexico? Russian Mexico because I'm a warm-blooded kind of guy.
What has been your most memorable show that you have played? Memorable show - lollapalooza when it rained.
What are your favorite cities to tour in? Favorite cities - every city is my favorite when we're playing in it.
Hey, big fan of all of your work (especially Perfect Confusion). How long did it take Matt Shultz to recover from his set at Reading 2011 ? Not long, he's a resilient mofo and a durable frontman.
No question, just wanted to say my first time hearing you guys was when you opened up for STP at Jones Beach. It was the most intense performance I have ever witnessed. Ever since I've been a huge fan, but have never been able to get to one of your shows. I guess one question is when are you coming back to DC? (but not as an opener) Most likely next year, we'll be doing a headlining tour and chances are we'll hit DC.
If you had to choose any song as the last you've heard, what would it be? You mean the last song i'd ever hear? At this moment, either Cannon by the White Stripes, Shelter by the XX, or breezeblocks by Alt-J.
If you could give any piece of advice to a budding drummer what would it be? Never stop playing and if you're striving to be in a rock band always play for the song and not for yourself.
Do you guys intend on touring for Melophobia? If so who do you think you'll have open for you? Yeah next year. We're opening for foals in Europe and they're coming to the US to open for us for the first part of the tour, after that we're still considering our options.
Any music recommendations? Completely dependent on your personal preference of your favorite musical genre.
Hey what happened in the Coachella Festival 2011 in indio CA during "Tiny Little Robots" ? i noticed some dude when up to you during the song and you pushed him back ? haha. I know this AMA is over but i was lurking (as usual) and saw this question and had to answer it. This crazy drugged out mofo somehow got on stage while we were playing and started setting up a drumkit behind me with my spare kit parts while I was playing. All the crew and security thought it was just another crew dude moving stuff. Then he came up on my riser. Now, we let fans come join us on stage and dance and stuff. We like that sort of thing. So, I thought it was just a fan standing by me. But then, he reached his hands out like he wanted something. I was like what the fuck does this guy want? Then he tried to grab my drum sticks from me mid song, so I pushed him away and said "no, bad human". After that security grabbed him and pulled him off stage. He was basically trying to set up and kit from my spare parts and start playing with us. It was really crazy and he was straight faced the whole time. No expression what so ever through out the whole incident. He was on some strong shit. I'm sure he's probably a cool dude but he must've let the drugs take over. It was weird. It's a good story and I'm glad u asked this question. Not many people noticed that and I've been wanting to tell this story!
I saw you guys perform with Manchester Orchestra a few years ago in Florida. Any plans to tour with them again? It was great seeing two of my favorite bands in the same show. No plans atm but they're really good friends and I'm sure we'll do something together again soon.
As a fellow drummer, how much time a day do you spend practicing or just having fun outside of what you do in the studio/playing gigs etc? Love CTE, keep being awesome :) I try to spend as much time practicing as possible but most of my practice comes from touring and playing gigs. When I'm off me and Thomas from PC play the blues in our side project which I like to think keeps my skills up to par.
If you weren't in CTE, what would you do for a living? Before CTE was making money i was throwing dog food bags at the local PetCo. Sooo probably that.
Drink of choice? Jager!
Here in BG at Tidball's you can order a drink called the "Jared Special" which is: a red solo cup 3/4 full of Jager with a splash of Red Bull to sweeten it, and you sip it like a fine cognac. Because if you chug it your night will either be really awesome or really shitty.
The Jared Special is free for me but it's probably like $30 for anyone else.
Hey Jared, I saw you guys playing in Pittsburgh PA back in the fall of 2011. Your band is amazing and one of the best i have seen live. My question would be, when you were younger, did you ever think that you would be able to attain the status that you have now? Like be a part of such a popular band? Thanks for doing this ama due :D. Me and matt (and thomas from PC) started a band when we were 14 and from that day on it was our goal to become successful musicians and do it for a living and there was no way in hell we weren't going to make that happen.
Intro to Come a Little Closer--- 16th or 8th notes on the ride? Been bugging me. Ps what amount of money do i have to pay one of you to get me into the oct 9 show.. Twould make my life as a die hard Cage fan! It's 8th notes for me but it all depends on what your personal quarter note is. PM me your name and I'll try my best to get you on the list but it's a small showcase show and I can't guarantee anything so don't hate me if it doesn't happen.
So, my band doesn't have a name right now? Do you have any names we could use? Also, how did you guys get discovered? I firmly believe that the music makes the name. Take foo fighters for example and dave's quote on the name 'foo fighters.' if they played shitty music people would think the name is stupid but because they're so awesome and talented people associate the name with good music.
So as long as you're not called 'Poop Dick Shit' or something really dumb or offensive like that, then if you play good music people will eventually think the band name is cool no matter what it is.
Hi, Jared. I can say that nothing else can really compare to listening to your guys' music. Why drums though? Were you or any other members really inspired by any other bands/band members? Or did a magical golden instrument come extruding out of your body one day like it was a destined appendage? Drums were passed down to me from my father. Bill Champion. and were also passed down to him by his father. family business!
So whats the truth behind the name? That is the golden question. muahaha.
Coming back to Grand Rapids soon? Soon.
Hey man, I'm a huge fan. When you guys wrote Ain't No Rest For The Wicked, did you ever think it'd be become as huge as it did? We were hoping so. We hope every song we write gets "big". I mean, we don't limit our writing to write only songs we think will be a big song. Especially if it's something we don't like.
We write music that we like to play and enjoy hearing, and think our fans would enjoy hearing also.
But, we definitely don't go into writing a song saying "man, I don't think this song will be very big." Especially if it's a song we like. If we like it, then we hope our fans will too And anyone else who hears it.
We say "man, we love this song, we think it's awesome. We hope everyone who hears it will like it just as much as we do!"
That is why a lot of our songs are very different from each other. We love all those songs we wrote. Whether it be, Ain't no rest to Flow, or Come a little closer to saber tooth tiger. 4 songs we love to play and loved writing, but sound very different from each other.
Aaannd damn. I'm at a 7\] and I went all deep with my answer to your simple question. That's more honesty and info than any major press outlet has ever gotten out of me. Haha shit, have an \[upvote good man.. Or woman.
Hey Jared, Whats your favorite Spinal Tap quote? Not necessarily a quote, but either when the bassist got stuck in the pod the whole song, or tiny stonehenge. But our amps really do go to 11!
I want to say thank you for producing such awesome music. You guys are a major inspiration for me. What would you say was the toughest thing about being in a band and touring so much? For me, personally, it's keeping the relationships of you and your bandmates on a friendly level for so many years, but I would say equally as hard for a family man to be away from your family so much.
Hi Jared! I am absolutely stoked for the release of Melophobia -- I haven't listened to the stream yet but I have been listening to Come a Little Closer on repeat for the pas few weeks! 3: Red solo 3/4 filled with jäger and a splash of redbull to sweeten it.. But u gotta sip it.. No chugging!
I know you guys are from Bowling Green, which is only about 100 miles from Cookeville and TTU. They have a big concert once a year at the Hooper Eblen Center (their gym), Would you ever consider playing there? We are players and we consider everything.
Saw you guys in Chicago on NYE 2011, great show. Just wondering if you guys are playing Bonnaroo 2014!? I believe you guys would be a great addition! I believe so.
Can I have sex with you? That is my question. The definitive answer to this question is dependent upon too many variables.
I'm cute and legal? Pics & proof or gtfo.. Or nice try TCAP! Haha.
Hello fellow drummer! No real major mistakes on our part, but a couple flubs here and there.. But we are excellent at the art of recovery.
What is the biggest mistake that ever happened to Cage the Elephant on stage, whether technical or sheer bad luck? How did you guys react to it? Although, one time we played on a complete solar powered stage and we were headlining it. It was dark when we went on and the power cut out on us 3 times during the show. Because there was no sun to power it. Pretty funny actually!
What is your personal favorite song off melophobia? The outro of Teeth because it was just me and Jay (our producer) who did that track and I love the groove on it.
You're still AMAing 2 days later? sweet! yep..
Just like I told everyone else.
Make money playing music? I could if I would. Uhh.. Lyric quote homie, but good lookin out! I feel ya.
What are some other talents that you have/ had (before drums)? I'm a people reader.. I can mostly sense peoples emotions before they express it.. It's just from being very aware and attentive tho.. I'm like Mac from sunny.. I'm always giving everyone ocular pat downs and assessing every situation! Haha.
he can't hold his booze worth a shit. Yes, can confirm.
This is wierd but I went to one concert in the Sacramento area one time. And I remember you couldn't play! So David Grohl actually played for you guys! He rocked but it sucks you couldn't have play! What do you mean, totallynotdavegrohl sucked on my parts, haha just playin.
He took the time to play for me when I couldn't and it was the most commendable thing I've ever seen someone of his stature do for an opening act like us and I love him for that.
He also loves us a lot because he says we remind him of early day foo fighters, the way they used to act.
You should do something with Morning Teleportation. We do stuff with em all the time it'll happen again.
Can't believe I missed this. Y'all are my favorite band. Saw you guys live at ACL, got one of your set lists which included songs off your new album that I didn't know the names. I felt like I had insider information, felt badass. I have it framed in my room just cause it is cool to have. Miss what?
Go show /cagetheelephant some love! Thats where your hardcore fans live! Edit: i fucked that formatting all up and i now need an adult. I'm on it! I've stopped by that sub before and the posts are pretty sparse.. But maybe this AMA will liven it up a little bit!
Hey man, Just wanna say that you guys kick ass! You're kickass!
No question, I just wanted to say that your show in San Diego on Sept. 21 was the best I've ever gone to. Thanks for the amazing experience. Yes, I remember that! it was last week, so..
We were very happy with the San Diego crowd. you guys were awesome!
What advice would you give (being with all of your experience and success) to someone who is serious about taking up a life of making music and being in a band. Never give up. firmly believe in yourself and your music. own it and make it your identity. if you're good and you believe it, others will too.
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