I Am You home to launch EP

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 08:06 14/02/2014
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BAND MATES: Members of the Timaru rock band I Am You, from left, Matt Woodall, Steven Gill, Ashley Perry and Chris Kerr. The band are playing at Barkode tonight to release their new self-titled EP.

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Aweekend at the Death Mill brought to life the debut EP for one Timaru band.

Now based in Christchurch, rock band I Am You are returning to Timaru to release the new EP with a gig at Barkode tonight.

According to guitarist Steven Gill it will be a high-energy rock'n'roll show, and the lead singer may take his shirt off.

The self-titled EP was recorded in Timaru at the Death Mill - the old mill behind Speights Ale House turned into a music studio - in 48 hours.

Gill, a former Timaru Boys' High School student, said it was their first go at recording their own songs, and they had a lot of fun in the process.

The name I Am You comes with a deeper meaning. "We're all pretty much the same and should be treated like we want to be treated."

The band, comprised of singer Matt Woodall, guitarist Gill, drummer Ashley Perry and bass player Chris Kerr, are all aged from 21 to 27.

Even though they hold down other jobs as well as being in the band, it is something they want to continue to pursue, said Gill, who studies music fulltime.

They have only been going for a couple of months but are quickly gaining a pretty decent following, especially in their hometown, said Gill.

Tonight they will be joined with other South Island bands The Laon, Kentucky Fried Children and the Near Veddar.

You can check out more of I Am You on their Facebook page and hear their songs at iamyourock.bandcamp.com/album/ i-am-you-ep.

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- The Timaru Herald

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