#Review: You Me At Six – VI


   

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You Me At Six are an English rock band from Surrey. Since forming in 2004, the band have enjoyed various successes with all of their albums (except their first) reaching the Top 5 of the UK Album Charts and their fourth album, Cavalier Youth, reached Number 1! Now, 2018 sees the band return with their aptly-named sixth studio album, VI. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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One thing is for certain, this band are superb at adapting their sound and have continued to evolve throughout their already pretty lengthy career. Their previous album, Night People, received rather mixed reviews suggesting it was a rather disjointed effort – although credit to them for trying something new! However, this is all about to change with VI!

The album bursts into life with the very gritty and rather explosive ‘Fast Forward’, which sees Franceschi screaming, “Pour some gasoline on,” with his trademark gravelly voice. The track has highs and lows in all the right places – prominent, grungy synths make this a strong album opener…think U2 but heavier!

Next to follow is the hugely atmospheric, stadium-filler, ‘Straight To My Head’ with 80s-style synths, strong bass lines and an incredibly catchy, chant-able chorus – possibly the best track on the record.

There is a distinctly indie meets disco sound across the album too. Lead single ‘3AM’ epitomises the vibe of the record; like something by The KillersThe Maccabees or even Bastille maybe, with a running rhythm to the vocals, whilst ‘Back Again’ is possibly the most pop-like track on the album, seeing Franceschi using his falsetto – a great, feel-good track.

They’ve once again diversified their sound, kept it fresh and refused to stick to a sound that’s previously brought them success.

Possibly the weakest songs have to be ‘I O U’ – a bass-led affair that feels disjointed in places; it’s quite experimental, in that it changes pace and sound throughout. Also, ‘Predictable’ is quite similar to something by Arctic Monkeys; it’s a little droning and not particularly memorable. Whilst ‘Pray For Me’ is a wonderfully euphoric song but throughout feels like it’s going to a place that it never actually goes.

‘Danger’ instantly grabs your attention with a beat that starts almost identically to Toni Basil‘s ‘Mickey’, but quickly demonstrates it’s much more edgy than that. It’s an upbeat track with some incredible, diverse vocals – a really strong track!

Probably the most controversial song on the album, is closing track, ‘Losing You’ – it builds beautifully with some captivating vocal effects and all-consuming reverb on the synths and guitars. It is bound to be a real mixed-bag with the fans.

It has to be said that You Me At Six have done a superb job with this record – they’ve once again diversified their sound, kept it fresh and refused to stick to a sound that’s previously brought them success. They’re a band that press forward and continue to grow and VI clearly shows that the band have made an album they wanted to make – for that, they should be very proud.

Rating
3.5


‘VI’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/vi/1380831965


VI on Spotify

3AM (Official Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrELmjpktYE


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#EventSpeaks: McBusted @ Brighton Centre, Brighton

I went to see McBusted perform at Brighton Centre on 7th April 2015 and they were phenomenal!

They were supported by American band Symmetry and UK band New City Kings. Symmetry were decent however quite generic emo-pop with a high-pitched vocalist, while New City Kings were more alternative rock with well-crafted songs.

The highlights of the show had to be; Dougie jumping on Matt’s back and playing Matt’s bass while clinging onto him; Danny picking up a huge bra and holding it to his chest saying, “massive”; James riding a bicycle around the stage; the harmonies they performed during an instrumental break in Air Hostess; James’ use of an auto-tune microphone for Riding On My Bike, but afterwards stating “this thing makes singing so easy,” before breaking into some choruses of songs like Cher’s Believe, Usher’s OMG and Eiffel 65’s Blue (Da Ba Dee) and the fact that their stage was massive, working computer game!!! Also their stage presence was fantastic and the chemistry between them made it all the more enjoyable!

The show began with McBusted’s first single, Air Guitar, which started with a superb entrance (see below)!

McBusted – Air

They then performed several Busted and McFly hits before performing a standout track from their debut album (McBusted)What Happened To Your Band? – this song particularly stands out due to their fantastic harmonising at the end of the song.

McBusted – What Happened To Your Band?

Another highlight of the show had to be their hilarious introduction to Busted’s Crashed The Wedding, as they came out like a wedding procession…naturally Matt Willis was marrying Dougie Poynter!

McBusted – Crashed The Wedding

Finally, one of their other, most memorable songs of the evening (and clearly a crowd-pleaser due to the audience’s immense reaction) was Busted hit, Air Hostess.

McBusted – Air Hostess

The complete setlist for McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure Tour (MEAT) included:
(Denotes who the original version is by:  McBusted  Busted  McFly)

  1. Air Guitar
  2. Hate Your Guts
  3. One For The Radio
  4. Thunderbirds Are Go
  5. Get Over It
  6. You Said No
  7. 3AM
  8. What Happened To Your Band?
  9. Air Hostess
  10. What I Go To School For
  11. Obviously
  12. Beautiful Girls Are The Loneliest
  13. Crashed The Wedding
  14. Riding On My Bike
  15. All About You
  16. Star Girl

Encore

  1. 5 Colours In Her Hair
  2. Shine A Light
  3. Year 3000

If you ever get the chance to see McBusted live, take it! They put their utmost energy into the performances and their stage banter and antics is hilarious; they’re highly recommended!

Matt – Muzik Speaks