After blowing most of the music world out of the water with their inaugural LP, Take Off All Your Colours, UK pop-punkers You Me At Six have returned with their sophomore LP, Hold Me Down. With a full new set of 12 rocking tunes and a past record that received rave reviews, [email protected] are sure to succeed in the wake of what could be the beginnings of a long career, correct? Sort of. Utilizing what they knew was accessible mainstream pop-punk and adding several perfectly placed ballads; Hold Me Down takes you up and back down- but may never make you hold your breath in anticipation.
Opening with three successful rock tunes consecutively gives the album a solid base to begin on and not much to question. Every hook is perfectly placed and the guitars are warm and crisp. Tracks like “Underdog” can’t be denied pop brilliance. Banking on your basic, pop-punk lyrical concepts, vocalist Josh Franceschi belts powerful, emotive melodies about heartache and the like. Moving into the first of what will be four ballads, “Stay With Me” brings the rock to an immediate halt after its intro with a slow burning guitar line and lyrics that span the concept of, surprise, hoping someone will stay with you even if you’re unsure you should stay with them.
The formula continues through the rest of the record with a few rock-oriented tracks being followed by a nice little ballad. As a result, the record is immediately destroying any consistent momentum they had going as each time you have to be reintroduced to the heavier tunes. This is not to destroy the record in its entirety, though. While Hold Me Down may hang onto the generic regularities of their respective scene, it is not to go without noticing its perfect execution. From the nice production to perfect hooks, the record may be ripped out of the books, but it’s perfectly replicated.
The biggest upsides You Me At Six need to capitalize on more in the future are their ability to not drown out the bass completely as demonstrated in the verses of “Playing The Blame Game” and dual guitar lines from “Trophy Eyes”. If taken into account their young age, You Me At Six have a lot going for them at this point, and used correctly could result in a flourishing, long lasting career. Digging their feet into the ground, You Me At Six have continued on the right foot with a nice sophomore LP that will more than please an average listener. They have places to go and musicianship to grow into, but that is not to say they are not on their way.
3. Playing The Blame Game
4. Stay With Me
5. Safer To Hate Her
6. Take Your Breath Away
7. Liquid Confidence
8. Hard To Swallow
9. Contagious Chemistry
10. There’s No Such Thing As Accidental Infidelity
11. Trophy Eyes
You Me At Six are a 5-piece pop punk band from Weybridge, Surrey who formed in 2005. The five piece played locally until early 2007 when spring support slots with Saosin at Leeds Cockpit (03.05.07) and later Paramore at the Colchester Arts Centre (10.06.07) saw them attract media attention from the likes of Kerrang, Musicscoop and NME. In July 2007 they supported Tonight Is Goodbye on their summer tour along with Death Can Dance and then later that month were featured in Kerrang! magazine in their new music section. ... read more