YOU AM I / JEBEDIAH
For the first time ever I’m going to a gig at The Carine. I used to work there years ago as the resident yardie, and all the time I worked there, there were never any gigs on of this magnitude. Mostly is was cover bands. I headed there to see two very well known Aussie rock bands for the very first time. That being Jebediah and the one and only You Am I.
This show was sold out! The place was packed to the rafters and the vibe was ever so exciting, there was a certain atmosphere of the place that this reviewer just can’t seem to get enough of. The Carine? I tell you this, I am impressed with this venue. Unlike some other venues, they made sure they had the staff to accommodate the size of the crowd. If you wanted a brewskie, the longest you were waiting was about 30 seconds. The toilets were clean and looked after, access to the beer garden was easy, security did a great job – full props to The Carine and I hope they continue to put on events like this.
The night started off with Jebediah bringing their form of alternative rock to the patrons of The Carine. I had never seen Jebediah before, believe it or not. I really enjoyed this set. Frontman Kevin Mitchell oozed with passion from go to woah, he kind of reminded me a little of Kurt Cobain throughout the set with his gestures and hair over his face. Despite the interruptions from an annoying hair-dreaded fan in the front row whipping people next to him with his thick head of smelly hair, Jebediah held their own and managed to deflect the distraction well enough before the guy bowed out.
It was a stellar set. It was funny though to see how the audience went ballistic for ‘Leaving Home’, it’s such an anthem that defines your youth and I could feel that from the audience.
You Am I took the stage on this double header and Tim Rogers was dressed in one of the most impressive outfits I’ve ever seen. You Am I really showed me something with their set, they were tight, but loose when they needed to be so that sense of danger was prevalent throughout the whole performance. Tim was funny throughout, he’s got a great sense of humour. There’s not many performers these days where I watch them and feel like anything can happen, and Tim Rogers does that.
I wish I could sit here and state what the highlight songs of the set were but I have no information on the names of the songs, I do apologise. Pathetically, I only know Berlin Chair, which of course was a cracking highlight of the night. Let me just say that there was not a dull moment.
Tim Rogers is all class, man. He has weaved his way through the music industry for decades now and should be so proud of what he has accomplished with You Am I. It’s the dream right? To be able to book shows whenever you want and wherever you want and the people will come to clink beers and celebrate your creation. Which this audience did on this night.