Soli­tary man reaches out

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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.

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