Hi Fi trip down mem­ory Lane

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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