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You Me At Six - Night People (Album Review)

Monday, 09 January 2017 Written by Laura Johnson

You Me At Six have made it abundantly clear that their new record, ‘Night People’, is not like their others. Vocalist Josh Franceschi cited influences ranging from Frank Ocean to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin when discussing its gestation and the result is a record that dips its toe in the deeper end of the rock pool without ever becoming fully submerged.

The title track, which the quintet confess is a statement of self description,  kicks things off with a classic rock feel before they raise a punk middle finger with Plus One, a short offering packed with ideas and wailing guitars. “I don’t say much with poise or grace, but I’ll come of age, in this town on this day,” a defiant Franceschi sings. It’s sure to leave a few cynics open-mouthed.

The momentum it helps build alongside the U2-esque Heavy Soul comes to a grinding halt with ballad Take On The World, though. The track drags things down with some predictable cliches before ‘Night People’ picks up again on the pop-punk Brand New and really hits its stride on Swear, where the band wear their newly-discovered ‘70s influences on their sleeve.

These new elements rear their head most notably on Make Your Move and Spell It Out, where ominous keys and guitars contribute to a slow, controlled, intense build where previous releases might have opted for instant impact. “My darkest days have come and pulled me under, I want my moment in the sun” Francheschi sings, before declaring “no one here is bulletproof”.

‘Night People’ signifies a more mature sound from You Me At Six and will likely be viewed as a watershed release in their discography. Though they may not be breaking any moulds, these former pop-punks have made a bold move in taking a step back from the scene that spawned them, and harboured many a musical career beyond its expiration date.  

You Me At Six Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun January 22 2017 - KINGSTON UPON THAMES Rose Theatre Kingston
Sun April 02 2017 - MANCHESTER Academy
Mon April 03 2017 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Wed April 05 2017 - PLYMOUTH Plymouth Pavilions
Thu April 06 2017 - BLACKBURN King George's Hall
Fri April 07 2017 - DONCASTER Doncaster Dome
Sat April 08 2017 - NORWICH Norwich Nick Rayns LCR UEA
Mon April 10 2017 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Tue April 11 2017 - BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Thu April 13 2017 - GLASGOW SECC
Fri April 14 2017 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Sat April 15 2017 - LONDON Alexandra Palace

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