Never heard of this band until last week when Blind Melon’s guitarist Christopher Thorn posted on Facebook that he’ll be spending the summer on the road as a member of Awolnation. Turns out that the music isn’t at all something I’d expect Thorn to be involved with. Techno-soul is maybe the best way to describe it though Megalithic Symphony is a pretty diverse – and danceable – affair. Fans of MGMT (“People”, “Jump on My Shoulders”), The Loyal Divide (“Guilty Filthy Soul”) and TV on the Radio (“Burn it Down”, “Sail”) will most likely find a few songs to their liking and, for some reason, most of the tracks remind me of The New Radicals, who you might remember from their sole hit, “You Get What You Give”.
Tame Impala has just a handful of dates left supporting MGMT (along with a few headlining dates in small club) before heading back to Australia. Last night they played under the hot Ohio sun at Lifestyles Community Pavilion in front of a sold-out amphitheater crowd and mesmerized said crowd with their trippy, ’70s psychedelic-meets-dance-rock sound. I had the chance to interview Kevin (vocals/guitar) and Jay (drums) for about 30 minutes in their budget hotel room before the show for an interview that will show up in the next week or so both here and on Donewaiting.com.
Setlist from Columbus, Ohio show:
2. Desire Be Desire Go
3. Make Up Your Mind
4. Alter Ego
6. Jeremy’s Storm
7. Solitude is Bliss / Skeleton Tiger
8. Half Full Glass of Wine