You Am I and Delta Riggs 5 Dec 2015

Tim et al I love you I really do. But tonight just didn’t do it for me [friend]. There were stellar moments and there were duds. Songs where the band was truly tight and others that sounded unrehearsed. It felt like a best of hits package more than a band with a spanking new album. At one point they had two roguish and fantastically good lookin’¬†singers come and join them for a few songs. While the girls did an amazing job harmonising on one intended song, they hung around for Mr Milk and it just felt like TV pantomime. Then there was a keyboard player that was on stage the whole time, towards the end of the set he basically spent errantly shaking a tambourine. It was clearly unnecessary. Davey Lane from Bosnia (well Boronia – somehow I got that little private joke) was channeling Pete Townshend and doing a bloody good job of it. He and Andy really kept the band grounded and sounding great. But Davey in particular has become the bedrock of the band. Rusty (looking more like Johnny Cash every time I see him) almost sounds not so loud these days. I’ve never seen a man shake a drum riser like Rusty does but these days he does his little Keith Moon smirks but the drums only get a light bollocking. It’s a shame, there’s no greater drummer than Rusty at¬†full pelt. The support act, well that’s an entirely different story… Sadly I think the band just tried to cover too much material with this gig. They played something off of virtually every album except...

You Am I self titled album review

Well it’s been several months since this album was self released by the band. Unfortunately it’s only been several weeks since they’ve delivered it. But more about that in a second. Seldom do I take to a new album so quickly. When served up on a 180 gram chunk of vinyl like this self titled opus is, the sound is amazing and instantly intoxicating. Dilettantes took a lot longer to get in the blood. But once you see the boys play it, it really grabbed you by the cahones the way a You Am I album bloody well should. Maybe they just didn’t try hard enough? This album carries on the laid back, avante garde, possibly stripped down vibe of Dilettantes but has more depth. Side A seems to blend in with stuff off the last album, even Damage from Dress Me Slowly which all gels nicely. But the real stand out songs are when you flip the record over. The Ocean has a real simmering stoner rock meets Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys feel. Trigger Finger, with one of many guest female vocalist appearances is an absolute gem. Davey Lane plays solos with such grace and restraint that in my mind he’s now a poster child for proper lead guitarists. Easily his best work with You Am I to date. Strangely though for an album that sounds so masterful and coherent, Tim Rogers talks of ‘sending tapes’ to Davey by post to work out licks for the album. It doesn’t sound like it at all. While purposefully not an all out rockin’ album of flannelette and pent...

You Am I Let’s Be Dreadful Tour

Saw the boys last night at the Westernport Hotel in San Remo gig. Absolutely mind-numbingly fantastic. It sounds like the boys have really been rehearsing for months, hard. They’ve also tarted themselves up with some new suits and lighting so it all looks great too. Davey Lane’s even bought himself a new Epiphone Casino guitar, in the same piss yellow natural stained finish as mine. Nice one! One things for sure, You Am I have really got their stage production shit together. They looked brilliant. To be honest, I was still in two minds about the latest album, thinking it’s a bit too Radioheady. So the gig starts with the stage lights coming on and some of the ‘samples’ from the latest album playing. They walk through the crowd onto the stage somberly, get up and just let rip with about 4 new songs non stop. I’m no longer so undecided. The new songs rock. The album is still a bit too concepty for my liking, but it truly comes together live. And the mighty You Am I have lost none of there delivery. In fact, Rusty is hitting the skins harder than ever. His fold back kept visibly shaking the whole night! Set wise, they played a decent spectrum of songs. And a very decent 2 hours worth! Virtually every song on the new album got a guernsey. At least 8 or 10 of them. At one point, Timmy unrepentently mentions that the band are playing what they want to play, fuck the singles. Although, Berlin Chair, Mr Milk and a hearty piss take of Heavy Heart were...

You Am I – Dilettantes Review

If this album was a wine, it would definitely need decanting and be left to breathe for a good hour or two. So far I’ve had one candid listen and for one thing, this does not take up where Convicts left off. This is like Radiohead meets Iggy Pop’s Kill City album. And I HATE Radiohead beyond what blogs can describe. Recently I got the aforementioned Kill City album as well. Having got into The Stooges, you expect a sonic lump of fuck-youness blaring out of your speakers. What you actually get could almost be described as country tinged in parts, soulful, struttin’ and brutally honest. Dilletantes has that in spades, well except for the country. They might be antipodes of different rock generations but on first listen the albums have a lot in common. This is another postcard on the You Am I journey that’s so far off the main drag, it’s almost hard to tell how they got there. Dilettantes I hope will be a creeper. One thing you must love about You Am I and Tim Rogers, is that they don’t write to sell records. It’s honest and straight up. And what this album lacks in fuck-youness that Convicts had, it definitely has in a sort of irreverent and infectious ambience that fills loungey bars. God I hope I like this album. I’m not totally convinced yet. Die Thom...

New You Am I album released September 12

Finally. I’ve been hanging since Tim Rogers or his Svengali posted something on his Myspace blog back in Marchish this year. But JB-Hifi have the new You Am I album entitled Dilletantes for pre-order. Sadly it’s not be titled I’m Proud of my Gay Son, but they always have had some fun with forthcoming album titles. Looks like the boys are still on the Virgin label too, which is cool. Check out this new promo shot too. Looks like they are dressing back in their mid nineties grungy roots. At the very least drummer Rusty (second from the right) is lookin’ very Brit pop. Maybe he’s replacing Zack Starkey in Oasis?! Now there’s a rumour… Anyways can’t wait to hear the new material. If it’s as fresh and ‘fuck you’-ish as Convicts was, it promises to be a...

New You Am I album imminent

Well I’m all wet and gooey as we speak because I’ve just read Tim Rogers blog (well sort of) and it looks like they begin recording the new album on April 14. Five, count em, FIVE days away! Oh sweet bliss. We’re well overdue for some proper arm swingin’, foot stompin’, Easy Beatin’, pontse and thuggery rock and roll. So before you sleep every night, pray to the rock gods that this will be as much of a cracker as the convicts, album if not better. Shape your hips like you mean it, rock your hair up, polish off all your paraphenalia and let’s hope Timmy, Andy, Rusty and Davey (never noticed the ‘ey thing before) rock it harder than ever. And it looks like it’s gonna actually be called ‘I’m proud of my gay son’. So all in all, it looks like 2 or 3 months before this bad boy is in the stores – optimistically. This is gonna mean some rough sleeping patterns. In the words of old Big Kev, I’m excited! In the mean time, support You Am I on the Facebook. Giddy up and become a fan and join the YAI group. Oh and lo and behold, I just found this. One of the most insightful and interesting short vids I’ve seen of the great man in quite some time, discussing the origin of the Luxury of...