Solitary man reaches out
ITH rock group You Am I morphing into a ‘‘middle-aged men’s club’’, Tim Rogers has turned the focus on his own projects.
Last year, the Australian singer sent his bandmates a series of demos to kick-start a potential album but hasn’t wasted any time following up.
‘‘Whenever we get together we’re caught up in obsessions over various bits of pop culture and forget about the band,’’ Rogers says.
‘‘Our relationships are now much better than when we were 25 and because of that we love just hanging out. The whole thing has become a bit like a middle-aged men’s club – it’s a bit sad really.’’
This, from the former hellraiser who stormed off stage at the 2004 Falls Festival in a drunken tantrum, is quite the turnaround. Now finding his buzz in theatre, Rogers is scoring the Marion Potts production of the Federico Garcia Lorca play Blood Wedding in Melbourne.
He also performed in and wrote the music for Sydney’s Griffin Theatre production of The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself earlier this year.
Even a new solo record, the snappily named Rogers Sings Rogerstein, shows him in more restrained mode, although Rogers, 42, shudders at the suggestion he is mellowing.
‘‘The intent has always been on making music and art that has a less obvious rhythm to it. Everything on this album is very exposed and I found the experience very intense even though I’m shouting and screaming less,’’ he says.
‘‘The sound is softer but it’s scarier for me and that’s why I make these records – it’s not because my bones are creaking – I want to involve myself in something that’s essentially more overwhelming.’’
The follow-up to 2007’s The Luxury of Hysteria is certainly Rogers’ most personal album, with or without his band.
He talks about his father on The FJ Holden and references the long-distance relationship with his 11-year-old daughter, who lives in the US with her mum, on Part Time Dads.
‘‘There are a couple of songs where I thought ‘I don’t really know if I want people hearing this’ but I am putting it out there and I think there must be some good in that,’’ Rogers says.
‘‘To write about those things opens an experience of feeling either sated or uncomfortable or disturbed or elated, and I can’t ignore that.
‘‘There’s always the worry you’re using people for a narcissistic reason but I live solitarily so it’s almost a way of telling people I love them.’’
is released tomorrow. Tim Rogers plays the Old Museum, in Brisbane, tonight and the Great Northern Hotel, in Byron Bay, tomorrow night.
Tim Rogers has released a new solo album.