Spin Doc­tor and the lat­est al­bum re­leases

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shedden spin­doc@theaus­tralian.com.au

An­other busy time at SDHQ this week in which the in­ter­view chair was rarely va­cant. Tim Rogers, who for the umpteenth time set off with his You Am I col­leagues around Aus­tralia this week, was typ­i­cally elo­quent and eru­dite when he of­fered a guided tour around the record­ing of the band’s new al­bum, Por­ridge and Hot Sauce, one that marks the Aussie out­fit’s 25th an­niver­sary. The singer has been busy out­side of the You Am I camp of late, set­ting off on his own for a short tour of Europe, where the venues have been some­what smaller than for YAI gigs here but no less wel­com­ing of his solo tal­ents. Rogers, cur­rently en­joy­ing a star­ring role in the lat­est David Jones ad, likes to take off to Ger­many, Italy and Bri­tain ev­ery few years to en­ter­tain the lo­cals with se­lec­tions from his solo cat­a­logue. “Lit­tle towns,” he ex­plains. Lit­tle towns where, in Italy and Ger­many es­pe­cially, the only down­side is hav­ing to come up with a way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing other than us­ing the na­tive tongue. “In cafes and lit­tle bars you can’t rely on your own lan­guage to get you out of a tough spot,” Rogers goes on. “You have to try and reach some kind of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing. Some artists will just bar­rel on in their own tongue. I saw Patti Smith in Paris while I was there and she can do it be­cause she’s Patti Smith. For some­one like my­self you have to find some way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing.” Rogers didn’t ex­plain ex­actly what that com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor was in the more re­mote parts of Italy and Ger­many, but one must as­sume that he drank heartily from it.

Also drop­ping in this week was Jed Kurzel, one half of Syd­ney rock ‘n’ roll duo the Mess Hall, but th­ese days recog­nised more as a film com­poser. Kurzel has been very busy in the film depart­ment, with a hand­ful of movie scores un­der his belt, in­clud­ing Snow­town, di­rected by his brother Justin, and most re­cently Slow West, re­ferred to in thes­pian cir­cles as the Scot­tish western (not re­ally). Kurzel is up for a Screen Mu­sic award for that one on Novem­ber 12, but he’s so busy on an­other film that he won’t be able to at­tend the cer­e­mony. He’s too busy also to make an­other Mess Hall al­bum with his drum­mer col­league Cec Con­don, at least for a while, but he’s not rul­ing it out. “We still get to­gether and play the odd show,” he says. “We al­ways talk about record­ing. I’d love to do a sound­track as a two-piece. I do get mo­ments where I would just like to get in a room with him and turn every­thing up loud.”

Fi­nal­ists were an­nounced this week for the 2015 APRA Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Awards. Ev­ery two years the Aus­tralasian Per­form­ing Right As­so­ci­a­tion, which looks af­ter the roy­al­ties and rights of lo­cal com­posers and song­writ­ers, gives a leg-up to de­vel­op­ing tune­smiths in the form of grants that can be used in a va­ri­ety of ways, such as record­ing, tour costs or de­vel­op­ing a pro­file over­seas. This year 32 writ­ers across a num­ber of gen­res have made the fi­nal list, with win­ners to be an­nounced on Novem­ber 24. In the pop­u­lar con­tem­po­rary cat­e­gory, Holy Holy’s Tim Car­roll and Os­car Daw­son, singer-song­writer Jack Carty and hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion have made the cut, while in coun­try mu­sic Adam Eck­er­s­ley, Chelsea Basham and Jared Porter are among the con­tenders. Eight win­ners will re­ceive a cash award of $15,000 to help fur­ther their ca­reer.

Tim Rogers, left, with You Am I band­mates

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