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Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Discusses “‘Cause I’m a Man” In Cover Story Outtake

Under the Radar's Issue 53 Out Now; Currents Due Out July 17

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Tame Impala‘s upcoming third album, Currents, is due out July 17. The Australian band are on the cover of Under the Radar‘s current print magazine. Pick up a copy now to read the first interview with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker about Currents. The digital version of the magazine (for iPads/iPhones) also contains a bonus Q&A with Parker, sections of the interview not found in the print cover story. Below is an excerpt from that Q&A (conducted by Matt Fink), in which Parker talks about the inspiration behind Currents’ second single, “‘Cause I’m a Man” (which you can also stream below). The interview was conducted while Parker was putting the finishing touches on the album.

Tame Impala are currently on a U.S. tour and those dates are below too.

Matt Fink (Under the Radar): “‘Cause I’m a Man”-that one seems to be a departure, too. I haven’t really heard a Tame Impala song that has that sort of sexy creep to it.

Kevin Parker: It’s meant to be kind of sassy and tongue-in-cheek to some degree. It’s meant to sound kind of sexy, but I don’t know if that’s how it comes across, with its laid-back beat. I’m really putting myself out there vocally more than I have before. I usually bury my vocals and sing quite ethereally and stick in a laser beam melody washed in reverb. I just love that dreamy, silvery vocal sound. But here I just forced myself to put myself out there and really try something more than what I would feel comfortable doing with a vocal performance. I was like, “Fuck it, man. Just do it.”

It sounds a bit like Prince to me, with those sensual vocals and soulful guitar licks.

Ah, cool! That’s good. It’s good to hear that, because I have no perspective on this! I finished the song, and I think it sounds a particular way. It’s good to hear you say it’s a sensual soulful thing.

Listening to it, I was wondering if the lyrics are intended to be apologetic. The tone also seems a bit defiant.

It is, but it’s also apologetic. When I say it’s tongue-in-cheek, I’m not saying it’s insincere. The apology is sincere, but the excuse of saying, “Oh, it’s because I’m a man” is the tongue-in-cheek bit. I hope people don’t see it as a sexist in any way. That would upset me, but I wouldn’t put it past people to interpret it like that, because people have wack interpretations of things sometimes.

Currents Tracklisting:

1. Let It Happen

2. Nangs

3. The Moment

4. Yes I’m Changing

5. Eventually

6. Gossip

7. The Less I know The Better

8. Past Life

9. Disciples

10. Cause I’m a Man

11. Reality In Motion

12. Love/Paranoia

13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes

Tame Impala Tour Dates:

Fri May 15 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL - SOLD OUT

Sat May 16 - The LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH

Mon May 18 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI

Tues May 19 - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON - SOLD OUT

Wed May 20 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - SOLD OUT

Thurs May 21 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - SOLD OUT

Fri May 22 - Boston Calling Festival - Boston, MA

Mon May 25 - Sasquatch! Festival - George, WA

Tues May 26 - Malkin Bowl - Vancouver, BC - SOLD OUT

Wed May 27 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR - SOLD OUT

Fri May 29 - The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT

Sat May 30 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO - SOLD OUT

Sun May 31 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MS

Mon Jun 1 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MS

Wed Jun 3 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA

Thurs Jun 4 - House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH

Fri Jun 5 - Bunbury Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH

Fri Jun 7 - Governor’s Ball Festival - NYC, NY

Sat Jun 6 - Echostage - Washington D.C

Fri Jul 24 - Splendour In The Grass - Byron Bay, Australia

Fri Jul 31 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL

Fri Aug 7 - Outside Lands Festival - San Francisco, CA

Thurs Aug 20 - Paredes de Coura - Viana Do Castelo, Portugal

Fri Aug 21 - Lowlands Festival - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Tue Aug 25 - Mojotic - Sestri Levante, Italy

Wed Aug 26 - Rock In Roma - Rome, Italy

Fri Aug 28 - Teatro Romano - Verona, Italy

Sat Aug 29 - Zurich Openair Festival - Zurich, Switzerland

Sun Aug 30 - Rock En Seine - Paris, France

Sat Sep 5 - End of the Road Festival - Gardenstown, UK

Sun Sep 6 - Electric Picnic - Dublin, Ireland

Tues Sep 8 - Barrowland - Glasgow, Scotland

Wed Sep 9 - Olympia - Liverpool, UK

Thurs Sep 10 - Bestival - Isle of Wight, UK

Sat Sep 12 - Lollapalooza - Berlin, Germany

Fri Oct 2 - Austin City Limits - Austin, TX

Fri Oct 9 - Austin City Limits - Austin, TX



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