Pink Floyd's latest release "The Endless River" was influenced by Kevin Parker and Tame Impala

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One of the highest-selling musical groups of all time has acknowledged the Australian roots of their latest album.

The surviving members of Pink Floyd say that Perth-act Tame Impala has had an overwhelming and massive influence on their first release in over 20 years. In 2007, Kevin Parker and Tame Impala shot to international fame after initially releasing music via MySpace.

Last year, the band was a headlining act at Glastonbury Festival.

Parker is a part of the large and diverse Perth music scene, where he plays in various bands in addition to his main project, Tame Impala.

“Kevin Parker is a pioneer of psychedelic rock,” says Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

“We’ve definitely used him as a crutch for The Endless River.”

David is openly regarded by both fans and critics as being one of the most classical and influential guitarists of all time. Drummer Nick Mason says that Parker’s prog rock inspired drum tracks have been a breath of fresh air.

“Kevin throws the drumming rule book out the window,” says Mr Mason.

“He’s a mix of Meg White and Dave Grohl. Skillfully raw, I should say.”

Mason is esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and “feel” for the groove.He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music.

The typically outspoken Kevin Parker has remained silent over the revelations. He released a statement yesterday via Modular People outlining that he was “chuffed” and “pleased” to know that Pink Floyd liked his music.

“I really like their sound,” says Mr Parker.

“Their next album is something I’m looking forward to.”


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