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Fresh Start Fever: The Evolution Of You Me At Six

Thursday, 02 August 2018 Written by Laura Johnson

A decade ago you couldn’t spend a night in a rock club without hearing Save It For The Bedroom. You Me At Six’s breakthrough hit arrived when UK pop-punk was about to crest its mainstream peak, with its bands sharing sweeping fringes and lofty ambitions with the emo groups who were also making their way onto the radio.

Many of those bands have since parted ways, having outgrown the scenes from whence they came. That pitfall is something that You Me At Six have made a conscious effort to avoid throughout their career. With each release they have stepped further away from their adolescent sound and, in doing so, they have outlasted many early peers who attempted to relive past glories.

You Me At Six have just announced a fresh batch of UK dates celebrating 10 years since the release of their debut LP ‘Take Off Your Colours’, while they also have a new LP on the way this autumn. It seems like a good time to take a look back at how they’ve evolved over the years.

Save It For The Bedroom

This track was the lead single from ‘Take Off Your Colours'. The record landed them column inches in magazines next to the bands that influenced them: Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Blink 182 and Taking Back Sunday, but it is very much of its time. You know, when you could still buy CD singles and Woolworth’s was still a thing. The video sees them take over a talk show and wreak havoc. Punk rock, right?

Stay With Me

One of the standout singles from ‘Hold Me Down’, the band’s sophomore album. The track earned them a number two position on the UK Rock Chart and was a clear departure from their poppier beginnings. The video was directed by Frank Borin and filmed in California. Much like the track itself, which took a heavier, more sombre turn, it showed the band in a more considered light.

Bite My Tongue featuring Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon

‘Sinners Never Sleep’ was a turning point for the band. When speaking with us about the record, Franceschi admitted this was You Me At Six’s “dark, figuring ourselves out stage.” Enter Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes who adds a screamo breakdown to the track and a sly “fuck you” before Franceschi returns for the chorus. That being said, the album’s other single Reckless received regular mainstream radio play and quickly achieved earworm status. You know it, “I’m Mr Reckless, with a capital R”. Trust me, you know it.

Fresh Start Fever

This was the second single to be taken from 2014’s ‘Cavalier Youth’, where the band really hit their stride. It debuted at number one on the UK album chart and led to them headlining the O2 Arena in London. It was also the first time they allowed their hip hop influences to creep in and saw Franceschi continue to delve deeper with his lyrics. “The brave die young and that’s alright for some, but I’m after something long term,” he sings.

Night People

The band’s most recent LP was a departure. They headed to Nashville to record at Blackbird Studio with producer Jacquire King, who had previously worked with Kings of Leon, Dawes, Modest Mouse and many more. They recorded live and on analog equipment. The record found them indulging their love of classic rock, as well as influences that they simply did not listen to when the band began. Tame Impala, MGMT, Post Malone, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole and Frank Ocean were on heavy rotation.


You Me At Six are poised to release their new album ‘VI’ on October 5. They’ve already shared Fast Forward and 3AM and, though the former hangs slightly on the heavier side, both tracks are pop-rock bangers. You can already hear the arena singalongs. The latter also recently received a cinematic video directed by Dan Broadley and inspired by Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street film. It features Franceschi trying his hand at acting, which was a challenge. It’s another example of what You Me At Six are about: however small the step, it’s always one moving forward.

You Me At Six Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sun November 18 2018 - DUBLIN Academy
Mon November 19 2018 - BELFAST Limelight
Wed November 21 2018 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Thu November 22 2018 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Fri November 23 2018 - MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse
Sat November 24 2018 - MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse
Mon November 26 2018 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Tue November 27 2018 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Wed November 28 2018 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Fri November 30 2018 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Sat December 01 2018 - CARDIFF Cardiff University Students Union
Sun December 02 2018 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Mon December 03 2018 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Thu December 06 2018 - BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy Bournemouth
Fri December 07 2018 - SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
Sat December 08 2018 - NORWICH Norwich Uea
Sun December 09 2018 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City Nottingham

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