Blogtober Day 8: You Me At Six – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, 07/10/18
Another Sunday, another trip to Sound Knowledge, this time to see the indefatigable You Me At Six. It’s been a busy couple of years for the band – this is their second full-length release in the space of eighteen months – and this show was the second of a string of album release shows, preceding two back-to-back tours at the end of the year.
Some people might have called the decision to independently release their sixth album reckless, but You Me At Six seem reinvigorated by the release of VI. Stylistically close to 2014’s Cavalier Youth, blending indie-rock with subtle hints of dance, compared to last year’s Night People this album is a marked departure for the five lads from Surrey.
This is a band who have decided to ignore the haters and produce the music that they want to make. Although it’s a more upbeat sound than the majority of their previous releases, the lyrics are bitter – most notably during Fast Forward, with Josh Franceschi barking “I might be down, but I’m not fucking out,” adding a vitriolic twist to a sentiment first explored back in 2010 with the release of Underdog.
Lead single 3AM was markedly improved in a live setting. While the recorded version verges on over-produced, the slowed down acoustic version of the track gave it a yearning, desperate feel. Meanwhile, Back Again was just as bouncy as ever, Franceschi’s falsetto on the chorus reminiscent of Brandon Flowers, the flamboyant frontman of The Killers.
We all know it’s the ten year anniversary of Take Off Your Colours: that’s why the band have two tours rapidly approaching – one to celebrate the release of VI, one to perform Take Off Your Colours in its entirety. They decided to celebrate the anniversary at the end of their set by performing Always Attract, but it unfortunately turned into a bit of a car crash. Franceschi laughed it off, joking, “I’ve murdered it!” and cutting the song early, but it’s good to know that the quintet have already started practising for what’s going to be a very special run. Even though it wasn’t the smoothest rendition, it was emotional to hear such an old song performed in an intimate setting like this, and was definitely a treat for the older fans in the room.
Straight To My Head
Meeting the guys after their set was a bit of a surreal experience, particularly because Josh was so infatuated with our daughter that he gave her a cuddle while we had our picture taken. (I’ll be honest, I’m a bit jealous).
Zophia, Sean and I would like to say a huge thank you to the band for being so welcoming and lovely: we’re looking forward to seeing them at two of their Brixton shows later in the year (although Zophia will be staying at home for those!)