You Am I wrapped
up another Big Day Out tour on the weekend in Perth but,
inadvertently according to Rogers, the work doesn't stop
there. The band shortly head off to Britain to support proteges
The Vines for a handful of shows, as well as headlining
their own gigs in Europe.
"We were going to take some time
off to do other things but we're probably too busy to do
that now - we're not really pursuing a lot but things seem
to be falling in our laps."
One of the things Rogers plans to get
around to one day is finally recording a solo album, as
opposed to a follow-up Twin Set CD. There's a chance he
might get to do that in Spain, of all places, when he and
his family relocate there for up to six months while wife
Rocio works on a film project.
Meanwhile, Rogers is getting used to the
idea that - much like those Rolling Stones - You Am I are
being viewed as patriarchal figures to a whole new generation
of acts (The Vines and Jet, to name a couple). Not that
Rogers minds too much.
"You kind of go from being new to
not-so-new in the blink of an eye," he says. "I
guess we should be grateful that the band is still a viable
thing. We're very aware that the media is directed towards
what's hot and new and once you get over that and petty
little jealousies and anxieties, then you take the back-slaps
when you can, keep your head down and keep playing and writing
if that's what you want to do."
"If the young bucks keep sending
their cheques every month, I'll take that. Until our glorious
revival in 2007, that's something we're just going to have
to live with."