You Am I Get
stir the 70s influences into their own brew.
"While we haven't written any great
songs yet, hopefully they're to come. A lot of stuff that's
come beforehand has been similar, so it's a bit ludicrous
for me to say we're particularly vast in our playing styles."
These are the words of You Am I guitarist and vocalist Tim
Rogers prompted by a polite compliment. Suggest that their
songs have a melodic complexity unusual in grunge and he'll
tell you; "That's sort of withheld by the fact that
I don't really have a voice."
Not that he thinks the grunge tag is a
compliment. "Grunge is something we're always kind
of something we're always repelled by, you know," he
says. "I'm sorry for getting all uppity, but it weighs
a bit unusually on our all-too-narrow shoulders."
This ferocious modesty is all the more
comical in the light of the excitement the band has generated.
Their live rep led to an intense bidding war between record
companies last year. After many free dinners and more than
a few laughs they signed with rooArt, who put their third
release, the Can't Get Started EP.
It all happened too quickly for them to
take it all too seriously. Having been together since early
1990, the played live everywhere they could, cut a single
and an EP, and then... "I don't know what happened,"
says Rogers. "We must have played a really good show,
because within a week we were getting phone calls from all
over the place. It was kind of embarrassing because it just
The original line up for the band was
Rogers alongside his brother and his best friend. Drummer
Mark Tunaley was a friend of a friend and Rogers "got
a little bit horny over the way he played." Then, in
a hotel one night, Rogers discovered that Andy Kent "was
a shit hot guitarist, better than I ever was. When a position
came up for playing bass he joined." The original two
members left, thankfully with no hard feelings.
The band went into the studio last month
to work on another EP with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo
producing, and in April they'll be back in there to work
on an album. Rogers likes the idea of calling the album
"Breast, or something like that. Album names can just
sound so pretentious at times.