Stadium rock band return with a big but familiar sound.
You Me At Six have had the potential to be one of the biggest rock bands in the country for some time and now return with their fifth album Night People. With singer Josh Franceschi, guitarists Max Helyer and Chris Miller, bassist Matt Barnes, and drummer Dan Flint, the band have gained huge popularity for their huge sound and dynamic live shows.
Title track Night People is a strong, thundering opener mixing Queens of the Stone Age swagger with Twin Atlantic. The chorus “We are night people / Roaming these streets,” is Josh Franceschi teasing fans with an emphatic building sound.
Plus One is classic You Me At Six, with its straightforward rock and large stadium chorus whilst Heavy Soul documents a bad relationship which leads to both people detesting the other, “I’ll look at you / Not a single word comes to mind / I’ll think of you / Maybe in another life.”
Take on the World is one of the standout songs on the album. Stripped completely back, it’s an anthem for the underdogs with Franceschi declaring that we must “step out of the shadows” and that he “won’t pretend what you’ve been through.”
Swear is bouncing stadium rock, with its drums taking centre stage to keep the song flowing at a joyous fast pace with its Biffy Clyro style instrumental section towards the end of the track.
Make Your Move is a slightly different sound, with a strong metal alongside a booming drum beat to create an atmospheric sound.
Spell It Out, the best song on the album, is the band’s equivalent to Foals’ Spanish Sahara. Line “My darkest days have come / And puled me under / I want my moment in the sun,” sees the band completely stripped back, letting Franceschi take the spotlight wth a stunning vocal display. It’s the most personal song on the album with the singer questioning “Is this the end?/ End of an era” before a drum build up leads to an emphatic and chaotic wall of sound with vocals “Shall I spell it out for you / No one here is bulletproof,” rising over the top of a stunning track.
The album is a demonstration that You Me At Six are now a clear stadium rock band, with some huge sounding songs. The start of the album shows signs that the band is developing their music into a bolder, cockier sound, but as you move further along, it is clear the band are sticking to their familiar sound. A huge sounding record, but one that is a little too familiar for the band.