Hi Fi trip down memory Lane
DAVEY Lane might not have contributed to the making of his band You Am I’s first three records, but as the soundtrack to his teenage years, the albums contributed to the making of Lane.
Having joined You Am I in 1999, the guitarist says he still gets the same rush listening to classic albums Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily as he did while growing up.
‘‘I didn’t play on any of those records, but they played a big part in my growing up,’’ he says.
‘‘You Am I taught me more than school ever did. The band taught me to be a better musician and person. Us guys are not only friends. We are brothers.’’
Tomorrow, the four-piece alternative-rock band will reissue the trio of albums to celebrate 20 years since the release of its debut, Sound As Ever.
The reissued CDs, which feature extra tracks, alternate versions and B-sides, include booklets with liner notes, old photos and new info. To mark the rerelease of the albums, eccentric frontman Tim Rogers, Andy Kent, Russell Hopkinson and Lane have hit the road to delight old fans with back-to-back performances of Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily.
Lane says it’s a chance for You Am I to look back and pay their respects to their past as they move forward into their third decade.
‘‘We are going to play (the albums) like we recorded them last month. We want to keep them as exciting and fresh as possible,’’ he says.
‘‘A lot of the folks coming will be people who possibly haven’t seen the band since those records came out. All the integral parts will be represented. We might afford ourselves the chance to be playful here and there, but we’ll stay truthful for the most part.’’
Fast forward another 20 years and Lane reckons You Am I will still play music together ‘‘in some capacity’’.
He says You Am I look forward to helping housewarm Splendour In The Grass’s new digs when they play the opening day of the festival next month: ‘‘We are going to get our campfires burning and get amongst it.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
You Am I play The Tivoli, in Brisbane, on Wednesday (tickets available) and June 27 (sold out) and Splendour In The Grass (sold out) from July 26-28.
You Am I (from left) Davey Lane, Andy Kent, Tim Rogers and Rusty Hopkinson.