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You Me At Six - Hold Me Down

Tim Newbound
Tim Newbound 11 January at 15.38
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This is the start of a very big year for You Me At Six...

This is the start of a very big year for You Me At Six. After seeing out an incredibly successful 09 supporting Paramore on their UK arena tour, ‘Hold Me Down’ is a major label debut that will further build the Surrey quintet’s profile, both on these shores and internationally. They’re fully deserving of their fans’ adoration, too. The band’s first album, ‘Take Off Your Colours’, much of which was written while they were still in their mid-teens, boasted a glorious sense of youthful exuberance arguably only bettered by their US peers New Found Glory’s 2000 self-titled effort. Pleasingly, with this record they haven’t shied from growing up and developing as musicians, while remaining true to their poppy, hook-ridden roots, and never sounding trite in doing so. Opener ‘The Consequence’ (featuring The Blackout’s Sean Smith) reveals a darker, angstier edge to the five-piece, while ‘Playing The Blame Game’ is equal to some of Paramore and Panic! At The Disco’s better moments. These boys are far from copycats though. There are way too many melodic rock / pop-punk bands in the world who are happy to ride on the coattails of others; throughout ‘Hold Me Down’, You Me At Six have instead pushed themselves to create a record that will delight existing fans and should rightfully attract many more.

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