Kevin Parker and Theophilus London debut new music as 'Theo Impala': Watch

The duo performed under the name 'Theo Impala' at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles, debuting new music that could be part of a larger collaborative project


                            Kevin Parker and Theophilus London debut new music as 'Theo Impala': Watch

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Brooklyn-based rapper Theophilus London performed together under the banner 'Theo Impala' during a sold-out show at The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles Tuesday night. The duo’s set reportedly included all-new, previously unheard material.

A setlist has yet to surface, but the phones were out for the night and an audience member captured footage of them performing 'Whiplash', London’s 2016 track featuring production from Tame Impala. Stereogum points out 'Theo Impala' debuted only a couple of new songs and that one of them might be called 'The New LA.'

Although Tame Impala hasn't released new music in four years now, the brains behind the project, Parker, has had quite a busy year. Apart from extensive touring (including a headlining gig at Desert Daze that was cut short due to bad weather), Parker has also collaborated with ZHU to produce the single 'My Life'. Parker has also been, evidently, working on new tracks with London, and London claims they’ll appear on his forthcoming album 'BeBey'. He’s also suggesting a joint tour, but nothing is confirmed at the moment.

Meanwhile, speculations at The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles indicate this could be part of a larger 'Theo Impala' project. For now, all we have is a healthy dose of fan-shot videos (watch below), which seem to showcase a strange blend of disco-fueled psychedelia and rap, and it'll surely be interesting to check out what the duo has on offer when studio versions of the tracks surface.

In a video post, London wrote that “show film + video + singles” are coming “out in a few days.” He also wrote that 'BeBey' is “coming soon.” Watch some videos from Theo Impala's gig below.


 
 
 
 
 
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“Whiplash” by TheoImpala @theophiluslondon @tame__impala

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“THE NEW LA” - @virgilabloh (show film + video +’singles) out in a few days 🦇

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(thx for coming everyone, recorded the show on red cam and all the backstage fun and chaos! Let the games begin) #Bebey coming soon

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We are very excited . Yes tix did sell out but Zack and I are finalizing the friends/fam guest list tonight. It’s gonna be a great show. 🎤🤯

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