You Me At Six

LIVE: You Me At Six – Shepherd’s Bush Empire 24/10/16

The anticipation for the night was clear as soon as the doors were thrown open on the London venue. You Me At Six have been away in a studio for the last year and a half and it seems they mean business more than ever in their tenth year as a band, and it is clear they have come this far with very, very hard work. The crowd on the O2 Empire was a fraction of the size of the arena shows they were playing early last year with All Time Low, but the atmosphere was far more electric in the smaller room.

Opening up for the Surrey rockers was Vant, an indie rock band from the city itself. Their fairly aggressive and rough styling in their tracks like The Answer and Time & Money went down well in the room, and there is almost a sense of early You Me At Six about their presence and sound. They finished up the set with fan favourite Do You Know Me? which actually gained a small singalong from those die-hard fans making it to the show to support the /band, ending a very successful set for a band who are only yet to grow further. [7/10]

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With the crowd ready and waiting with huge excitement, You Me At Six came out with a slightly surprising choice of playing When We Were Younger which grabbed audience attention and started the build-up of the set. Next however came a slightly disappointing rendition of Bite My Tongue where Josh left Oli Sykes’ vocals to the crowd as opposed to doing them himself as he has previously. They then proceeded to play Fresh Start Fever which started to seem like they were getting back into the swing of their style.

After a little speech greeting the audience for the first time and acknowledging the tenth year of existence as a band, the instrumental for Loverboy was being played by the band behind Josh. The crowd were back on their side after being harassed by bright lighting and extremely muddy sound for the first three tracks and when it broke out fully it was not disappointing, leading to the first huge singalong of the night.

 

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You Me At Six burst through more tracks, hitting a high of the night so far at Stay With Me which led to more singalongs before bringing out Plus One which was its London debut this far. Perhaps surprisingly, this track got an enormous reaction and the crowd were getting more and more into it, especially with the recent release.

Many other fan favourites including Reckless (which ended in a brief When You Were Young Killers cover), Underdog and set-finisher Too Young To Feel This Old played out to an increasing participation, before the encore of No One Does It Better and Room To Breathe which led to one of the biggest emotional experiences the Empire could have ever seen. They finished with a talk about the new horizon the band now see and a rendition of comeback single Night People and a promise they would be back for a tour next year including a date at Alexandra Palace. It seems the band only see themselves getting bigger from here on in…

Overall, a good night by everyone’s standards that clearly marked the beginning of a new era. You Me At Six have proven themselves to be shifting their sound further and progressing fully. The title track of Night People sums up the era when it says “we get what we need”: the band get everything they want from the crowd and so much more, and their fanbase are carrying them through seamlessly to this incarnation.

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BMTH finalise ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ timeline

Bring Me The Horizon have announced final release details for their Live at the Royal Albert Hall live album/DVD after the release was postponed in August.

The CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and digital editions will be hitting letterboxes and inboxes on 2nd December, with the vinyl version being delayed to be “a little later, possibly 2 weeks” according to the pledge page.

They also announced exactly how limited the non-signed copies of each medium are:

The Double CD will be limited to 1000 copies

The Double DVD will be limited to 1500 copies

The Bluray will be limited to 1500 copies

The Triple LP will be limited to 750 Copies

and The 80 Page 5 Disc Deluxe Photobook will be limited to 500 copies.

The 2CD/2DVD format and the downloads will remain available.

See the full statement here.

Also, see below some fan-filmed footage of the opening of the set to get a taster of what exactly the release will be like…

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Burning At Both Ends – Self Titled

While not being a band you may be aware of, Guernsey’s Burning At Both Ends really are quite good. They claim to be influenced by A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong and State Champs amongst others and they bring a flavour of the sound of each of these to their debut self-titled album.

Opener Priorities Suck gets the album off to a fantastic start as it introduced the punchy basslines and solid drumbeats of the whole record from the very beginning. The track follows a very typical pop punk structure but adds the spin of the group’s abilities: Peter Mitchell’s clean and seemingly effortless vocals coupled with lead guitars and a solid drum/bass rhythm lead to a catchy piece which packs a serious punch.

Particular mention has to go to drummer Andy Nicholson however, who holds the entire record together with the underpinning beat beneath all the tracks and shines particularly in First Plane Home and This Ain’t No Happy Ending where he shows the versatility of quick punk beats, slowed breakdowns and mid-tempo rock grooves to help perfect an all-round good song.

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Full tracklist and personnel of the record

Lyrically, the album holds great emotional weight, not in the stereotypical “I’m angry at my dad” or “my girlfriend left me” ways as many pop punk bands today do, but more in a sense of “look, this has happened and these are my feelings” and using metaphor instead of explicitly stating the obvious all the time. Lines like “cold cup of coffee staring at the wall, sat there for days alone in the hall” are obviously personifying the emotions of the lyricist, but it’s a bit more interesting than the bland old state the obvious job many bands resort to in the modern day.

The standout track has to be Making A Statement which sounds almost like 2008 You Me At Six collided with Mayday Parade-style layers of vocals, which by anyone’s standards can only mean big things are to come from this band. The opening riff sounds like it means business and the rest of the track follows to deliver with vocals that hold Franceschi-like agression and conviction.

A notable mention goes to This Ain’t No Happy Ending which is reminiscent of many pop punk bands of today with its leads over a huge sounding rhythmic beat and semi-tuned vocals that deliver an inherent angst and realism that they have throughout the album before this track.

Overall then, Burning At Both Ends have managed to put together a pretty remarkable debut that showcases their talents with ease. Clashing good songwriting with excellent musical ability, the band have managed to put together one of the best debut releases of the year of any unsigned band and there is no doubt they will be going somewhere soon…

You Me At Six will premiere track ‘Night People’

You Me At Six have nearly come out of the dark with their plans as they announce their comeback track Night People will be premiered tomorrow night on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac so be sure to tune in from 7 (click here for the Radio 1 Live Player).

The announcement comes after the revelation of UK/EU tour plans, the details of which you can find here.

The band are coming back since their disappearance a year ago from their social media, with their last release being 2014’s Cavalier Youth. The track Room To Breathe is arguably the best-loved track from that era so watch the video below and drop us a comment for how excited you are for the return of YMAS.

 

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You Me At Six announce new album

Surrey rockers You Me At Six have announced a new album after a long and cryptic release livestream on Facebook and Periscope, culminating in the full album title and symbol to be shown.

The album is titled Night People, and although the release date is unconfirmed it is sure to be some time in the remainder of this year, quite likely with a tour to follow.

Stay tuned for updates but in the meantime, here’s an oldie from the band to whet your appetite for new YMAS.

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You Me At Six have announced an announcement

Earlier this afternoon, You Me At Six announced something would be happening on their Facebook and Twitter accounts at 9pm BST tonight (less than an hour’s time from now!) after their silence on social media from 5th August 2015.

Many on social media believe it will be a first single for the follow-up to 2014’s Cavalier Youth, which has been alleged to be a full metal record more reminiscent of their musical influences.

See the full (if brief) announcement tweet below and stay tuned for the announcement itself at 9.

Suicide Squad: The Album Has Been Detailed

The partnering album to the newest DC film Suicide Squad features a huge number of internationally successful artists in an unprecedented record release.

The exclusive tracks come from the likes of:

Lil Wayne Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign feat. X Ambassadors (yes, as one!), Action Bronson & Dan Auerback (of The Black Keys) feat. Mark Ronson and Skrillex & Rick Ross.

The album is available to preorder now HERE with an instant download of Twenty One Pilots‘ new track Heathens.

The album even features exclusives from Kevin GatesPanic! At The Disco, KehlaniGrimes and Skylar Grey.

The new Skrillex & Rick Ross track Purple Lamborghini will feature an appearance of Jared Leto‘s Joker from the film too.

SUICIDE SQUAD: THE ALBUM and the film are for release on Friday August 5th