You Am I have always been one of Australia's best live acts, and
after the commercial success of 'Berlin Chair' and 'Cathy's
Clown', it seemed inevitable that a big crowd of indeed all ages
would turn up at the Adelaide University Bar. And did. But up
first, American so called 'surf guitar' (whatever that means) band
Man or Astro-Man. However, while some may it call it surf guitar,
I call it noise. Indeed it seemed a somewhat strange compliment
to the thundering rhythms of You Am I, but while the music itself
may not have won over too many new fans, it was evident that the
band themselves (Coco et al) did, with entertaining 'rock star'
banter and a strong stage presence.
Myself?, I was not too fussed
with Man or Astro-Man?(ie take it or leave it), they aren't really
my kind of music, but the show was kinda interesting anyway.
However, You Am I, is my sort of music, and apparently a hell
of a lot of other peoples'. The 'all ages' of other peoples'. The 'all ages' people were really
jumping, and moshing was getting a bit ridiculous, with some loser
half killing me before the show had even started. Hmmmm. This in
effect predicted the rest of the show, with the first 8 or so rows
This kinda pissed me off a bit, as I got pushed
back further and further and gradually lost sight of the band.
However for the most part, Tim Rogers (lead singer/guitarist),
seemed enthusiastic and energetic with trademark windmill arms and
a lot of radiated power. By the end of the gig, there were a lotta
happy kids, with a great (though I thought somewhat short) set
being played. Conclusion? Go see You Am I for a great live
performance, I like non all ages gigs, but hey that's up to you.