In a cramped studio deep in Bushwick, New York City, You Am I hunkered down to make a start on their tenth studio album. In over two decades this band has gone from a (sometimes misspelled) name at the bottom of the bill at rock ‘n’ roll haunts in Sydney and Melbourne to being internationally renowned and locally influential standard bearers for rock ‘n’ roll as, to quote Lester Bangs, “a raw wail from the bottom of the guts”.
Transcending the Australian music scene’s trend-driven nature, You Am I have remained a steadfast component of the live scene and their ability to conjure excitement on-stage, whether playing in front of five or five thousand, is the stuff of legend.
Of course You Am I’s early albums are much revered and regarded as important pieces of Australian rock ‘n’ roll culture, something their triumphant and spectacular two album show on the massive “Hi Fi Daily Double” tour paid testament to.
So here we find the lads at Daptone Records in Brooklyn, standing in the hallowed, sweaty space known as the “House of Soul”, busting out tunes to 1inch tape just like they did over twenty years ago down the road on Greene St, SoHo where “Hi Fi Way” came to life. Not a lot has changed since then, (except three are now four and have been for over fifteen years) there’s still a lot of laughs, some drinks and a dedication to making music that rocks and rolls.