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Tim Rogers formed the first version of the band with his school friend Nick Tischler and his older brother Jaimme in December 1989. The band’s name was derived from late-night sessions under the influence of alcohol.

This initial line-up was short-lived and by the end of 1990 both Nick and Jaimme had left the band. (In the band’s 1993 song “Jaimme’s Got A Gal,” Tim explains why his brother left.) They were replaced by the group’s one-time sound mixer Andy Kent (bass) and Mark Tunaley on drums.

The band released several EPs and singles in the early 90s, though the real breakthrough came when Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth caught the band performing at the 1993’s Big Day Out festival. Ranaldo also produced their debut album, Sound As Ever. The album went on to win the 1993 ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release. The band was signed to Ra Records, an alternative rock oriented sub-branch of rooArt Records, with U.S. distribution by Restless Records.

You Am I had toured the United States beginning in the mid-’90s, including playing with Soundgarden on the Lollapalooza festival, Redd Kross, The Strokes, and Smoking Popes. (Soundgarden first came across them at the 1994 Big Day Out festival) Despite little success in The States, the band became well known throughout Australia.

Further success came with the albums Hi Fi Way and Hourly, Daily, with both picking up ARIA Awards. Hourly, Daily was the first album released on the Shock label to go to number one in the ARIA charts upon launch. These albums were marked by retro-inspired ’60s bop and folky 12 string melodies, a departure from the band’s earlier hard rock/ grunge sound.

In August 2010, it was announced that they had left EMI to sign with new Sydney label Other Tongues. Their ninth studio album is self-titled and was released on 8 October. The band went on to perform at the 2010 NRL Grand Final & then kicked on a nation-wide tour. The album debuts at #18 on the ARIA charts & #1 on the Australian Independent charts. The album is chock full of subtleties and surprises, from the controlled rocking grandeur of [the first radio single] “Shuck”, to the smoldering [second radio single] “Trigger Finger”, to the Beatles/Beach Boys beauty on “Waiting to be Found”. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear these new songs, which are destined to become You Am I classics.


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You Am I

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