You Am I still have one of the largest cult followings in Australian Rock'n'Roll. Fronted, for more than 20 years, by the charismatic and sometimes outrageous Tim Rogers, the band is in transition, in Rogers’ words, “we’re moving into our middle age and looking better than we did in our mid-twenties.”

  

YAI are entwined in the Melbourne music scene and have played most venues across town from the Punters to The Tote, The Corner to The Espy. In 20 years, YAI have been involved in, if not headlined, pretty much every major touring festival across the country including, Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass and Meredith. Not content with fading into obscurity, YAI are undertaking another national tour and the show on Sunday night at the Forum concluded their fourth one in five days at the venue.

I was there to see the boys rock out at the Forum, a venue that's steeped in heritage, which has hosted international acts such as LCD Soundsystem, the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Katy Perry and Oasis. Needless to say, they completely rocked and Rogers was as brazen as ever while still maintaining his control. The show was punctuated with a vibe for a boogie - “We didn’t want to sell out this gig to capacity to give you guys some space to dance tonight, and dance floor real estate comes at a fucking premium in town SO GET MOVING!”  Gold.

Rogers was joined on stage by past and present band members to play two of their most successful albums Hourly, Daily(Number one on the Australian charts) and Hi-Fi-Way (Aria Awarded). If you get a chance to capture one of their shows make sure you do, I’ve had mates kicking themselves that they missed out on the show! Here is a clip from their performance a couple years back:

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