As music lovers in the United States eagerly await uplifting news regarding summer concerts and festivals, other countries around the world are already enjoying the fruits of proper pandemic responses. In Australia over the weekend, Tame Impala played a pair of sold-out concerts at Perth’s Metro City. The 2,000-person capacity venue was packed with a crowd of non-masked attendees, a move that would have broken countless laws in the U.S. but was fully sanctioned in Australia where the country has been seeing weekly averages of COVID-19 cases in the single digits since January.

The hometown concerts saw Kevin Parker introduce audiences to Tame Impala Sound System, the latest iteration of the band’s performance aesthetic. Fans got a glimpse of this new concept with various late-night TV appearances and a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert over quarantine, but this marked its debut in front of a live crowd. This latest development adds more of an electronic bent to the group, as Parker helms the live outfit with a myriad of samplers, synths, and sequencers. Parker himself described Tame Impala Sound System as,

Wielding their overflowing arsenal of synths, sequencers and samplers to rework and reimagine tracks from the Tame Impala discography and beyond, Tame Impala Sound System is a pulsating, fully live and organic, free-flowing digital jam out.

The live debut of Tame Impala Sound System also came about as two members of the Tame Impala touring outfit remained stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This weekend’s performances instead saw Parker playing alongside Jay Watson and Dominic Simper.

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The two concerts saw virtually identical setlists as Parker introduced crowds to reimagined, electronic takes on classic Tame Impala tracks. Friday night’s show, however, saw the live debut of the Currents track “Gossip” as well as “Powerlines”, taken from Currents B-Sides & Remixes. The first of two shows also featured the first “Beverly Laurel” since May 22nd, 2014. Both concerts also saw covers of Mark Ronson‘s “Daffodils” as well as fellow Australian powerhouse AC/DC with the hit track, “Thunderstruck”.

Scroll down to check out videos from both Tame Impala Sound System concerts at Perth’s Metro City over the weekend as well as the setlists. The band is still set to embark on a North American tour beginning in July, making up dates that were originally postponed from 2020.

Tame Impala Sound System – “Apocalypse Dreams/Endors Toi” – Perth, Australia – 3/5/21

[Video: Chris Elrick]

Tame Impala Sound System – “Powerlines” – Perth, Australia – 3/5/21

[Video: Chris Elrick]

Tame Impala Sound System – “One More Year” – Perth, Australia – 3/6/21

[Video: Anthony K]

Tame Impala Sound System – “Let It Happen” – Perth, Australia – 3/6/21

[Video: Anthony K]

Setlist: Tame Impala Sound System | Metro City | Perth, Australia | 3/5/21

Set: Apocalypse Dreams, Endors Toi, Keep on Lying, Nangs, Borderline, Daffodils (Mark Ronson), Patience, Breathe Deeper, Powerlines [1], Music to Walk Home By, Gossip [1], One More Year, Beverly Laurel [2], Reality in Motion, Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?, Thunderstruck (AC/DC), Let It Happen, Is It True, Glimmer, The Less I Know the Better

First concert as Tame Impala Sound System

[1] Live debut

[2] LTP 5/22/14

Setlist: Tame Impala Sound System | Metro City | Perth, Australia | 3/6/21

Set: Apocalypse Dreams, Endors Toi, Keep on Lying, Nangs, Borderline, Daffodils (Mark Ronson), Patience, Breathe Deeper, Powerlines, Music to Walk Home By, Gossip, One More Year, Beverly Laurel, Reality in Motion, Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?, Thunderstruck (AC/DC), Let It Happen, Is It True, Glimmer, The Less I Know the Better

[H/T Consequence of Sound]