Am I Return Very Slowly
rockers set for a gradual return.
A long time in the rock & roll wilderness
- their #4 Record is now almost three years old - You Am
I are set for a gradual return over the next few months.
A new single, "Damage", is due in October, followed
by a tour. Then during October and November the trio will
pop up on the soundtracks for the films Bootmen and Better
than Sex. A Big Day Out slot in January will be followed
by their fifth studio album, Dress me Slowly, which will
emerge in February.
Speaking from his home in Melbourne, Tim
Rogers reveals that a Jack Daniels sponsorship helped make
the recording of the album the best studio experience of
the band´s career. "It was free of any kind of
bickering or toing and froing," he reports. "Jack
Daniels sent us a crate plus half a crate of vodka and we
went for broke."
The album was recorded in Sydney with
American Cliff Norell (who´s worked with REM, the
Replacements, Indigo Girls and Rollins). He and the band
developed a tight relationship during the four weeks in
the studio. "He´s an all round good guy,"
Rogers says. "We had some stops and starts with other
producers (including Ed Buller) but I´m glad that
didn´t work in the long run.
"I want someone I can hang out with
for a couple of weeks and enjoy their company. Life´s
short and I want to make records and have experiences that
I revel in and leave me spent. At the end of this I was
a fucking wreck because I had so much fun doing it.
"It´s very much a You Am I
record," Rogers adds. "There were discussions
about ´well, do we want to jump into that good future?´
and we went, ´no, we want to roll into the future´.
So there´s the odd geographical reference, a couple
of ballads and some seemingly senseless rock songs."