When acclaimed UK band You Me At Six released their debut album Take Off Your Colours in 2008, the young, burgeoning act was hotly tipped as one of UK’s brightest young hopes for pop-punk. Packed with infectious hooks and a youthful spirit, the album also caused their impending sophomore album to carry increased expectations. After all, Britain is famous for developing bands that explode onto the scene with scintillating debut records (see: Bloc Party, The Libertines, Oasis), only to have those same bands fade away just as quickly. Of course, that’s not always the case – especially in the case of the 3 bands listed – but the sophomore slump is duly noted for a reason as a cautionary tale that, despite a band’s best efforts, expectations will always be higher with success.
UK rock band You Me At Six have returned with their 6th full-length album, simply titled VI. The new record sees YM@6 refreshed from a songwriting perspective, and while they’re certainly not the same band fans came to know on Take Off Your Colours or Hold Me Down, there’s still plenty to sink your teeth into here. Opener “Fast Forward” is a thundering opener, sure, but much of the album as a whole flirts with electronic and pop influences that also sees You Me At Six expand on their core sound in exciting and new ways.
You Me At Six has crafted an exciting, ambitious album with VI. It’s a record that switches moods and styles with breathless confidence, from devastatingly defiant rock to joyously uplifting pop. It all but drips with melodies and moods. It’s the kind of album a band makes when they are in love with all the possibilities of music. Recorded at Vada Studios in England, the band co-produced VI with Dan Austin (Biffy Clyro, Massive Attack, Pixies). The anthemic 10-song collection boasts a combination of rock riffs, indie pop, R&B vibes and electronica beats showcased by singles “IOU” and “Fast Forward” and “3AM” and “Back Again.”