Home Music Music News

Kevin Parker Says Alex Turner Is “In Another League to Me as A Songwriter”

Kevin Parker has once again professed his love of Alex Turner, claiming the Arctic Monkeys frontman has talents which far exceed his own.

Kevin Parker of Tanme Impala

Neil Krug/Press

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has once again professed his love of the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, noting that the Englishmen is “in another league” to him in terms of songwriting abilities.

The two artists have arguably been at the forefront of the indie and alt-rock scenes for quite some time now, with Tame Impala going on to top the charts in Australia, and rank highly in the US and UK, thanks to the release of their latest album, The Slow Rush.

Over the years, the pair have also shared their mutual admiration for each other. While they both previously noted they would be eager to collaborate with each other, the Arctic Monkeys frontman had earlier covered Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” for triple j’s Like a Version sessions.

Now, during an interview with Beats 1 Radio’s Matt Wilkinson, Parker has not only revealed just how highly he regards Turner and his talents, but the fact that the pair are now neighbours.

As NME notes, Parker recently shared his musical highlights as part of the “5 Best Songs On Apple Music” feature, picking tracks from the likes of Portishead, Led Zeppelin, dream collaborators Daft Punk, and previous collaborator Kanye West.

While discussing a number of topics and promising that the next Tame Impala record won’t take another five years, Parker also turned his suggestion to Turner, noting that he’s “in another league to me as a songwriter.”

“Absolutely. [Although] he can’t play drums as good as me,” he added, noting that while they’re yet to work on music together, it’s bound to happen at some point due to the fact they “live down the street from each other.”

“I was in his pool the other day. He wasn’t there at the time,” he added. “I didn’t jump his fence… Yeah. Jumped the fence. No, I didn’t.”

Tame Impala are set to return to Australia in April for one of the biggest headline tours date. Check out the details below.

Tame Impala 2020 Tour Dates

With Special Guests Khruangbin

Saturday, April 18th
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)

Monday, April 20th
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)

Thursday, April 23rd (Sold Out)
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)

Friday, April 24th (New Show)
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)

Saturday, April 25th
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide, SA (All Ages)

Tuesday, April 28th
RAC Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)

Tickets on sale now through Ticketek