and his Berlin Highchair
On the phone from his Melbourne home,
one of Australia's most charismatic and famously wild rock
& roll frontmen, You Am I's Tim Rogers, has a problem.
"It's all bumps and groans at the
moment," the singer explains in a surprisingly soft
voice. "I'm trying to fix my little girl some breakfast
so if the phone cuts out, you're going to have to excuse
The Image of Rogers up to his armpits
in Heinz egg custard is slightly incongruent with the more
familiar picture of the nice suit and smooth swagger that
has graced Australian stages for years. Still, as You Am
I prepare to release their sixth album, Deliverance, Rogers'
"little girl" Ruby is starting to settle into
rock & roll life.
"The past year has been so beautifully
chaotic," Rogers laughs. "Ruby has grown up, we've
released two records - and I guess that's just the way the
family lives its life. I suppose if Ruby gets mentioned
a couple of times on the album, that's just because she's
the prime concern of our lives."
With his girl as a recurring theme, Deliverance
is a very relaxed record. It's the sound of Rogers and bandmates
David Lane, Rusty Hopkinson and Andy Kent enjoying themselves
more than ever. As the frontman offers a candid self-assessment
of his changing situation, you sense that it's all part
and parcel of the same big picture.
"I'm beginning to realise for the
first time in 10 years of the band's life, how selfish I
was about it; that it was the only thing I was concerned
with," he says. "Relationships with people like
family and friends became - well, not superfluous, but very
conditional on what I was doing. I think I'm just an obsessive
person really, but now I'm obsessive about our daughter."
And for those who suggest that family
life is the antithesis of rock & roll, Rogers paints
a very different picture. Not only has he succeeded in balancing
breakfast duties with the task of making another fine album,
he also shows that ability to succeed at either endeavour
can stem from the same source.
"To play rock & roll, the kind
that we play, you have to have this dedication and real
love for it," he states. "You can't be cynical;
we're not a real cynical bunch. I think when you fall in
love, and commit yourself to being with someone, it's a
similar sort of thing. It's about doing it for more than
just the parties and the wild times."