exciting for us, the best thing about touring the US this
time was playing smaller venues and catching up with people
who used to come and see us in the past. We’ve had
some back luck as far as record deals go in the US, but
a lot of people over there have kept up with what we’ve
been doing over the years. So we can play Cleveland or Chicago
and actually get people there to see us. It’s not
big-scale but there’s a genuine interest in the band
without any of the hype.
"And I’ll be moving to Spain because my wife
is working on a film over there," he added. "We
thought that while the band were doing stuff in Europe,
it would be better for me to be living over there."
Does Tim speak Spanish?
"Enough to get myself out of trouble," he laughed.
"But it’s a beautiful country with lots of history,"
Tim quickly continued, "and the folk are very friendly.
I’ve been there a lot and really enjoy it. It’s
a chance to relax, drink and eat but, for me, it’s
a family thing - that’s the thing form me.
"Some think that Spain is one great big party,"
he added, "and while it can be - they love their rock’n’roll
- it’s more for family reasons that I’ll be
Does Tim find it ironic that the style of music
You Am I have been playing for years has recently come back
into vogue via bands such as The Vines, The Strokes (who
supported You Am I in Australia a couple of years ago),
The Datsuns, D4 and the like?
"No, I don’t find it ironic," he reasoned.
"If I was to get that kind of feeling I would have
to imagine how Radio Birdman would feel. Over the years,
so many bands have stolen from Radio Birdman that they would
have far greater cause for complaint. So I don’t feel
we’ve been hard done by. It’s just that fashion
dictates what becomes popular for a year or so and then
not for another 10 years, so if we’ve missed the first
boat, we’re quite happy with that as it’s probably
given us an opportunity to make more records than just one.
Look, we’re not going to get on the front cover of
The Face, but we’re able to keep doing what we’re
"And all those bands are quite different as far as
I’m concerned," he added. "It’s laziness
on the part of music journalists to say there’s a
new, rock revolution or whatever because The Datsuns are
completely different to D4 and The Vines are different again
to The Strokes. It’s just that a couple of the musicians
have guitars in their hands."
Tim has almost completed work on his second solo
"It’s pretty much done," he revealed. "All
I need to do now is make it into a record and to make a
decision as to whether I embellish it or leave it really
raw. It’s just myself and acoustic guitar at the moment,
but I may add one or two other musicians."
You Am I will also release a ‘best of’
album, No After You Sir, for overseas consumers in May.
"It’s more a retrospective than a ‘best
of’ album," Tim declared. "It’s going
to be a compilation of our first five albums and it’ll
have album tracks rather than just a bunch of singles. It’ll
also give us an opportunity to add a few new songs because
I don’t think anyone would be willing to put up the
money to put out a brand new You Am I record at the moment.
"It’ll also put a nice little full stop on that
era of the band," he continued, "and it’ll
come out on a small, UK independent label, Transcopic.
It might come out in Australia but I’ve also heard
that BMG might want to put out their own You Am I compilation
"And there’s a label over in the US that wants
to do the same kind of thing as well as release Deliverance,
our last album," he added. "And I rather like
that idea because a lot of my favourite bands released records
haphazardly on different labels. It’s a different
way of doing things."
Do You Am I have lots of b-side and outakes in the
"There’s stack of them," Tim sighed. "They’re
all over the place and it’d really be a labour of
love for us to put something like that out. There’s
some good songs there - mainly covers. There’s a shitload
of stuff floating around but I guess until one of us dies,
it may not ever happen.
"And it kind of seems like we’ve put out so much
stuff over the last couple of years," he concluded.
By Robert Dunstan