Words by Ed King
Born on the back streets of Surrey, You Me at Six have spent just over a decade clawing their way up the UK rock ladder – suffering awkward award elbows and all too easy genre alliterations.
But the boys from Weybridge have built a pretty phenomenal following too, with the savvy Leeds based Slam Dunk label (…club night, festival) being the first to pick them up, shake them good, send them to Reading and get a 13 track debut to fall out of the boys. No pun… Take Off Your Colours was released in October 2008 and the pop-punk snowball has been building ever since.
Hop-scotching majors, You Me at Six are now on the books at BMG – with their latest LP coming out on the Infectious subsidiary. Ah… Mushroom Records. Being the arguable make or break of the band, after a grueling ten year tour schedule, gears were shifted, home studios were built and the bulk of the recording took place at Blackbird in Nashville.
Jacquire King was brought in (and brave enough) to produce, with the award winning all rounder, Andrew Schepps, as engineer. The end result came out in January this year, with You Me at Six no doubt hoping their fifth studio album, Night People, will be as well received as its No1 spot reaching predecessor.
Things seem hopeful too, with You Me at Six dropping in for a secret Saturday ‘highlight’ set at this year’s Reading Festival before getting back on the road for nine UK dates across April. Birmingham gets its chance to see them midway through at the O2 Academy, with Tonight Alive and Black Foxxes joining them as tour support.
Check out the title track and first single off Night People, link below:
‘Night People’ – You Me at Six
You Me at Six perform at the O2 Academy (B’ham) on Monday 10th April, with support from Tonight Alive + Black Foxxes – as presented by Kilimanjaro Live. For direct gig info and online tickets sales, click here.
For more on You Me at Six, visit www.youmeatsix.co.uk
For more on Tonight Alive, visit www.tonightaliveofficial.com
For more on Black Foxxes, visit www.blackfoxxes.com
For more from the O2 Academy (B’ham), including full event listing and online ticket sales, visit www.academymusicgroup.com/o2institutebirmingham
For more from Kilimanjaro Live, visit www.kilimanjarolive.co.uk