You Me At Six – Photos & Live Review

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Josh Franceschi, You Me At Six –  © Lee Harman

You Me At Six

Liverpool University Guild of Students
Wednesday 19th October

Two years on from finally bagging a number 1 album position, and going on to play arenas across the UK, You Me At Six are back in intimate venues, playing new tracks which could be their most important yet. 10 years in the game has seen the band develop not only their musical ability, but also their sound and after many a criticism of playing it safe with 2014’s Cavalier Youth, the band have returned to Liverpool for the first time in 4 years showing the grit that was often missed by many of their fans.

The crowd alternates between making the most of the mosh pits during heavy tracks for Bite My Tongue and singing along to the top of their voice to the big sing-along choruses, the likes of Loverboy and Reckless which the surrey five-piece have made their name on.

The band show perfect slickness to their set and growing maturity to their craft. The band let the music do the talking, without many breaks to interact with the crowd. When they do, they leave it to front man Josh Franceschi taking time to talk about the political climate and the hate which is growing in communities (Trump name-checked especially), and asking the crowd to embrace those around them before going into album track ‘Forgive and Forget’.

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Matt Barnes, You Me At Six – Bassist – © Lee Harman
A poignant moment comes towards the end of the set when the opening track to Cavalier Youth Too Young to Feel This Old is slowed-down, stripped back to just vocals and a single guitar. When it came to the encore, it was the closing track Night People, which is the title of the bands forthcoming album which brings out the phone cameras attached to arms bobbing along to the track’s grungy bass riff that Royal Blood would be proud of.

The group have recently spoken how 80’s Rock has have inspired their new sound and how excited they are to move into a new era as a band, this may be radically different identity to their pop-punk roots but You Me At Six have established themselves as one of the leading lights in the British Music Scene and have never shied away from developing their sound. When it comes to staying on trend, nobody does it better.

Find more photos of You me At Six and openers VANT from the night here on Flickr.
Many thanks to Chuff Media for arrangement.

An abridged version appears in the Weekend section of Warrington Guardian (27th October 2016)

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