I'm going to refrain from commenting on this article. You're clever boys and girls-you can read between the lines.http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/local/35767/Nick-Allbrook-opens-up-on-sentimental-Tame-Impala-departure
Nick Allbrook opens up on
"sentimental" Tame Impala
Wed 22nd May, 2013 in Local News
Nick Allbrook is in chilly Melbourne when FL reaches him on Heathen Skulls promoter Rob MacManusí phone. Itís a couple days after he announced his sudden departure from Tame Impala, but heís already onto his next project: playing bass for Black Elk Medicine Band (the new project for US musician Isaiah Mitchell) on the final show of his brief, Heathen Skulls-presented tour.
Allbrook, who also plays in POND, Mink Mussel Creek and Allbrook/Avery (with his Tame Impala replacement Cam Avery, also of The Growl), played his final gig with Tame at Belvoir Theatre on Saturday night. Itís also where his five-year run in the band began, supporting MGMT on their 2008 Australian tour. ďIíve just been doing a big lap,Ē he jokes.
While Tame Impala has always been Kevin Parkerís baby, itís hard to imagine what their live show will look like without the hyperactive and impish Allbrook flailing about like a perfect cross between Johnny Rotten, Thom Yorke and Benjamin Button. Allbrookís departure mayíve been announced in typically evasive style Ė the release said he wanted to ďtry and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into societyĒ Ė but he opened up to FL about his ďsentimentalĒ decision to quit, his future plans and the new POND album, Hobo Rocket.Good afternoon Nick. How are you enjoying this warm weather?
Itís not warm. Itís fucking cold.I was kidding.
Iím not very good with jokes and brains. [Laughs]
I was pretty upset to hear you were leaving Tame. What prompted it?
Oh man. I guess it can be pretty hard to do stuff on tour, apart from be in a bus and be playing a show. To do that all the time, you canít actually do anything else like make new stuff. People do, but youíve gotta be a very strong-willed and matureóand Iím not strong-willed or mature.ĒAnd youíve probably spent more time in the bus than anyone over the past 12 months.
Yeah, me and Jay [Watson] have been doing the POND and Tame Impala thing, so itís been constant for a really long time.How many shows do you reckon youíve played over the past year?
I dunno! [Laughs] Somewhere around 356.Was it a tough decision to make?
Yeah, of course. Yeah, totally.What do you think youíll miss the most?
Just hanging out with Kev and Jay and Dom [Simper] and Julien [Barbagallo] and Matty Checker, our tour manager. Theyíre such sound people. But apart from that there are other things Ö Itís way more important to be in a normal environment for a while.Does that quote about ďscrewing your headĒ back on allude to that?
Yeah, I guess so. That and having time to finish off all the fucking little projects I keep starting in my two weeks off between tours and then never having any time to finish. I can just finish things now and make them good.How many projects are we talking about?
Oh, heaps. Thereís all the stuff with POND, just recording new things and getting our future live stuff [sorted]. Thereís mixing, releasing and mastering all three Allbrook/Avery albums, and maybe weíll do some shows later as well. Iím doing books with [writer] Amber Fresh from Perth, getting those printed. And new recordings that need to be done with time off. I dunno, flower pots?Can you tell me about the books?
Theyíre little escapist adult/child simple pretty short things. Hopefully to have a nice peaceful trip to the shitter. [Laughs] Theyíll be a nice little full package with quality small items.Suitable for kids as well?
Theyíre fucking simple, so you know. Theyíre for drunk people and children. [Laughs]Does your decision to focus on other things affect POND at all?
No. Iím going to keep recording stuff. Obviously we canít do full POND stuff because everyoneís away [doing Tame Impala]: Jay, Cam and Joe, the techie. Itís just me and Jamie and Jamie lives in Perth and Iím in Melbourne. But all the shit Iím going to record is applicable to any and all project, like POND. Itíll be the beginning point of the next album type of thing. Iím just going to move it along while everyone else is working. They can join in [when they come back], I guess.Are you going to be touring the new record [Hobo Rocket]?
Yeah, weíll do some stuff.What does it sound like? Seven tracks in 40 minutes implies a jammy record.
[Laughs] Not really. Theyíre pretty structured songs. But we did it live, and itís jammy and sloppy as shit. We were just gonna do it as something throwaway and quick and easy, and then we got carried away.Tell me about the Black Elk Medicine Band shows.
Itís just temporary. Iím just helping Isaiah [Mitchell] with his little tour of Australia, just giving his a backing track so everyone can get their arses blown out by his guitar playing.And youíve moved to Melbourne, or just here temporarily?
Iím going to stay here for a little bit and just be around myself and people that I donít know that well. Itíll be nice.Tame Impala has had such a fluid line-up over the years. Do you think youíd ever go back?
Oh, probably. [Laughs] Camís got a lot of shit to do. Heís a busy busy boy. We donít have any rules. Itís not like having an office job. You donít clock on, or clock offóeven though Kev told me to clock off after our last gig. But heís a bureaucrat at heart. [Laughs] Theyíd just as easily get Kevís mum to play. Itís fluid.What was the last gig at Belvoir like?
It was great. A ripper gig. It was nice to end on a good one where everyone played well.Was it emotional?
It was a bit sentimental, totally.When was your first gig with Tame?
It was at the Belvoir Amphitheatre. I forgot when. We were supporting MGMT, I think.And then Meredith mustíve been a week later.
Yeah. So thatís pretty crazy that it started and ended in the same place.