You Am I quickly
followed up the long awaited Dress
Me Slowly with Deliverance,
released in September 2002. It was finished just 10 months
after the release of Dress Me Slowly
and was made "for a 10th of the cost" and roughly
a 20th of the pain. Rogers,
and guitarist Davey Lane knocked
it over in three weeks, with help from local keyboard maestro
Bruce Haymes, upright bassist
Shannon Birchall and long-term
sound-desk associate Paul McKercher.
Rogers took BMG managing director Ed
St John out for a drink in late 2001 and argued his
case. He had the songs. He didn't need bags of money for
plane tickets, demo sessions and hot-shot overseas producers.
"I figured either he'd drop us (from the label) or
let us give it a shot. He said, 'Go for it'."
"To call a record Deliverance,
you've got to be pretty cocky, I guess." explains Tim.
"We were feeling that way when we were making it, for
sure. We had Motor Ace next
door (at Melbourne's Sing Sing Studios),
labouring away on this beautiful, well-crafted record,"
he says in a tone suggesting mistrust of studio polish,
"and typical of us, when we find out that somebody
is striving for greatness, possibly achieving it, we think,
'Right, let's fuck up as much as possible, make it all ragged;
the first take is a good take', that kind of thinking."
The title of the record was born when
Rogers noticed a subtle thematic thread running through
the 12 songs, the notion of "some kind of release,
or the epiphanies that can come with being surrounded by
loud rock'n'roll music".
seems to sum that up - a release from the constraints of
the music that's thrown down your throat through mainstream
media; deliverance through playing a great show or playing
together as a band. It's almost a religious ritual, a speaking
The emotional centrepiece of Deliverance
is 'Til the Clouds Roll Away,
a potent song about riding out mood swings, plainly addressed
to Mrs Rogers, Rocio, and the
pair's one-year-old daughter, Ruby.
The swirling, nebulous riff fades in and out of the album
twice, like a recurring dizzy spell.
"Yeah, that piece of music?"
Rogers begins thoughtfully. "Because I feel a lot of
love and a lot of anxiety and a lot of desperation, those
chords kinda sum it all up. Yeah, that's the way I feel.
It's beautiful and then it gets kinda kaleidoscopic, beautiful
colours bleeding in with darker colours, and you just have
to wait until your cloud rolls in again."
The real substance of Deliverance
arrives in the final track, a soft, solo acoustic guitar
number titled When You Know What You
Want. It comes across like a whispered manifesto
for the darkest of days - songwriting at its most vulnerable
"I sorta see Deliverance
as our king hit," Rogers states for the record. "I
mean, I LOVE Dress Me Slowly,
but if that one was the most You Am I record, this one's
uber You Am I."