Tame Impala was formed from Kevin Parker’s original blues/jazz/psychedelic band, the Dee Dee Dums. The Dee Dee Dums consisted of Parker (guitar) and Luke Epstein (drums). The band achieved second place at the 2005 AmpFest and won third place that year in the state final of The Next Big Thing. In October 2006 Epstein was replaced by drummer Sam Devenport, Epstein going on to play with Sugarpuss. The Dee Dee Dums went on to win the Western Australia state final of the National Campus Band Competition. In late 2007 the band renamed to Tame Impala unveiling another new drummer and replacing the two-guitar attack for the more traditional guitar/bass/drums format. Devenport went on to pursue an acting career.
In July 2008 the band signed a worldwide deal with independent label Modular Recordings.