Tame Impala Slam Festival Goers as 'A Bunch of Tarzans Scoping Out Chicks'

Frontman Kevin Parker says only 10 percent of the audience seem to pay attention to the music compared to a few years ago.

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Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has slammed crowds at some music festivals as a "hoard of Tarzans scoping out chicks."

He made the comment after their set at Bonnaroo at the weekend. Speaking to Rolling Stone, he said festival crowds have noticeably changed even in the last few years:

"It was a bit more wholesome back then. Back then, it was more about the music. Now, not so much. Now it's more about muscles and how little clothing you can wear. I guess it's the cool thing now to go to a festival.

"If it's a dance music festival or mainstream festival, there's maybe like 10 percent who pay attention to the music. You just see guys with muscles essentially Tarzan. A f--king hoard of Tarzans that are like, 'I just want to scope out all the chicks!'"

In the same interview, Parker described their success as something that ultimately shouldn't affect their music:

"Bands can become absolutely huge and actually be pretty terrible musicians, and bands can be the most amazing songwriters and musicians in the world and never play for more than 10 people. With that in mind, getting successful doesn't mean anything," he said.

The frontman recently said that doing another studio album doesn't excite him, but only because the LP format is becoming aged. "There's so many people doing interesting things with the internet and technology, there could be so many ways of making music and listening to it," he said at the time.

What do you think of modern festival goers? Have times changed? Let us know your experience of festival crowds in the comments.

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    Testify, Kevin. Granted, they did perform on Sunday at Bonnaroo which is the day many people leave and the bugheads stay.
    Camping Festivals like Bonnaroo are more overrated than you could possibly imagine. And it's not just the Tarzans. It's the phony neo-hippies who really don't care about anything but partying and ****ing like jack rabbits.
    Honestly, not noticing that at Soundwave in Australia...You get the idiots everywhere but most of the people seemed to be there only for the music and that's it.
    It was, once, but it's growing to BDO proportions which IS just another one of THOSE festivals...
    Well, I live in "hipster-central" Austin, TX, and they're playing Austin City Limits Festival this year, which is the ultimate gathering of "tarzans" and hipsters, so in advanced: Sorry Kev, I love Lonerism, and I apologize for the mass majority of my city's population.
    Another daft "artist" with a misplaced sense of entitlement. If you only want to play to people who care then play the small clubs with the word of mouth hype. If you want the festival paycheck, stop whining and put on a show. Didn't Kings of Leon rant about the same inane bullshit a little while back?
    When I saw them at Glastonbury no one was paying attention because they were truly terrible...
    I go to festivals for the music, but still many don't. I don't see that many people trying to get chicks though, mainly trying to get drunk. Or maybe it's just the festivals I go to...
    If your not going to a concert/show for the music, then you shouldn't even be there...go watch porn at home if that's all you're going to do is "scope out" chicks
    I was really excited to see them at Sasquatch last month. After about a 2 hour delay (not their fault), they put on a pretty "meh" set and I walked away after 3 songs. To his point though, there are certainly plenty of people who just like the excuse to get ****ed up and sleep around for a couple days at festivals