AFTER YOU SIR... AN inroduction to You Am i
You Am I were the prophets who unwittingly
arrived several years too early for the garage rock revival.
Lauded as inspirations
by The Strokes and The Vines, the Aussie rockers were plainly
worth a second spin, and this UK-onlys compilation does
just that, concentrating on the band's first five
They played support to the Rolling Stones
on the Australian leg of their world tour, which gives you
some idea of the musical company they would prefer to keep.
This retrospective reveals them as a band
capable of conjuring the filthy, primeval guitar riff, but
also with a keen sense of pop melody, often colliding in
something which has a mod-like whiff of early Who.
Just how sophisticated they can get is
illustrated by Soldiers, which has the kind of harmonic
flair deployed by Squeeze at their best.