Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has opened up about saving their forthcoming album The Slow Rush from last year’s California wildfires.
In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Parker chatted about how he was forced to evacuate a rented house where he was recording in Malibu back in November of 2018. “I like to do these trips that I just go on on my own… out of the city wherever for a few days just to record and not think about anything else,” Parker explains. “And one of them was in Malibu, and of course the bushfire came through.”
“It was [really scary],” Parker continued. “I didn’t really have time to be scared, because I woke up in a daze. I just got out, got in my car and drove off – it was only when I was driving out the driveway that I [thought] ‘fire.'” Although he left, Parker “didn’t actually think the place was going to burn down, I thought I’d be coming back in a couple of hours. I checked my phone and it said ‘evacuation Malibu.’ I thought they were just evacuating the whole area. I literally thought I’d be going back in a few hours.”
As he left, Parker grabbed his sentimental Hofner bass guitar and his laptop, which had the music.
Tame Impala’s forthcoming album The Slow Rush drops on February 14th, 2020.