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You Me at Six
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You Me at Six playing an acoustic show in 2012
Background information
Origin Weybridge, Surrey, England
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, pop rock, post-hardcore
Years active 2004–present
Labels Virgin, Epitaph, Slam Dunk, G-Unit, Prospect Park
Members Josh Franceschi
Max Helyer
Chris Miller
Matt Barnes
Dan Flint
Past members Joe Phillips

You Me at Six are an English rock band from Weybridge, Surrey. Formed in 2004, the group achieved success in 2008 with the success of their debut album, Take Off Your Colours, which included the singles "Save It for the Bedroom", "Finders Keepers" and "Kiss and Tell", with the latter two peaking at number 33 and number 42 respectively in the official UK Singles Chart.[1] Their second album Hold Me Down (2010) debuted at number 5 in the UK, while third album Sinners Never Sleep (2011) peaked at number 3, was certified Gold, and spawned the band's fifth top 50 single "Loverboy".

"The Swarm" was released as a non-album single for the launch of the roller coaster of the same name; it peaked at number 23. Cavalier Youth was released as their fourth album to a number 1 debut in 2014 and contained the number 11 single "Lived a Lie". You Me at Six has toured extensively, with appearances on Warped Tour, Soundwave, and has toured with Thirty Seconds to Mars, Paramore, Fall Out Boy and All Time Low. You Me at Six won the award for Best British Band at the Kerrang! Awards in 2011. The band's influences include American rock bands Blink-182, Incubus and Thrice.


You Me at Six formed in 2004 in Weybridge. They released two extended plays, We Know What It Means to Be Alone and Untitled, before their debut album, Take Off Your Colours, came out in October 2008 on Slam Dunk Records. Original member Joe Phillips was replaced by Dan Flint just before the release of the record.[2] Six singles were released from the album: "Save It for the Bedroom", "If I Were in Your Shoes", "Gossip", "Jealous Minds Think Alike", "Finders Keepers" and "Kiss and Tell". Take off Your Colours was re-released as a "deluxe" version, with added tracks, and the band supported Fall Out Boy in late 2008.[3] They were nominated for "Best British Band" at the 2008 and 2009 Kerrang! Awards,but lost both times to Bullet for My Valentine.

The band released second album, Hold Me Down, on Virgin Records in January 2010.[4] The album was preceded by a free digital download of song "The Consequence". Recorded at Outhouse Studios in Reading, produced and engineered by Matt O'Grady and mixed by John Mitchell, Hold Me Down, debuted at No. 5 in the UK album charts. Follow-up singles, the Underdog EP and "Stay With Me", were also released. You Me At Six again lost out to Bullet For My Valentine in the "Best British Band" category at the 2010 Kerrang! Awards and collaborated with American rap duo Chiddy Bang on a track titled "Rescue Me" that was released in February 2011.

You Me At Six recorded a third album, Sinners Never Sleep, at Sound Factory studio in Los Angeles, California. The record was released in October 2011, and peaked at No. 3 in the UK Album Charts. A single, Bite My Tongue, featuring Oliver Sykes was released two months later, and the group finally won the "Best British Band" award at the Kerrang! Awards.[5] A further single, "No One Does It Better", was released in 2012, as was a song specially recorded for The Swarm, a ride at Thorpe Park.[6]

In 2013 the band returned to Los Angeles to record with producer Neal Avron. The resulting album, Cavalier Youth, was released in January 2014, with single Lived A Lie trailing the full-length in September 2013.

Tours and show dates (2010–2012)

You Me at Six kicked off their year playing a launch show in Kingston – originally intended to be an instore gig at Banquet Records, it was quickly upgraded to the new Hippodrome[7] – in support of their new album Hold Me Down on 11 January. As of February they have played 3 dates, including, also, an HMV instore and an HMV event headline promoting new British music at the Relentless Garage London. They announced that they would be playing several festivals including Punkspring in Japan, the whole Vans Warped Tour;[8] and supported Paramore on all Soundwave dates, as well as on Paramore's tour.[9]

They have completed their third sell-out headline tour in support of their second album Hold Me Down. They were joined by Sean Smith and Elissa Franceschi on selected dates. In Belfast, Matt told how it was "exciting to see how much you've grown from a year and a half ago".[10]

It was announced on the Leeds leg of the tour on 16 March that You Me at Six would be returning to Leeds and playing the festival. In August 2010, the band performed on the main stage at the Leeds and Reading festivals.[11] The band also did a Reading and Leeds warm up gig at Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth in August.[citation needed]

On 18 May 2010, You Me at Six visited BBC Radio One's Live Lounge for the second time, presented by Fearne Cotton. Aside from being interviewed they played a version of "Liquid Confidence" and a cover of Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed" at Maida Vale, in London live on air.[12] On 23 May 2010, they played the "In New Music We Trust" stage at the Radio One Big Weekend in Bangor, North Wales. They were joined onstage by Sean Smith for "The Consequence" and Aled Phillips on "Save It for the Bedroom".[citation needed]

On 3 December 2010, the band posted an announcement on their official website stating "both the band and YMAS HQ are extremely disappointed to announce that due to the inclement weather and transport issues, the two You Me at Six shows at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange this weekend will be postponed" and that "it's just not safe for the band or the attending fans to travel over to the show". You Me at Six has also made a reschedule of both the dates and an exchange fund of the tickets bought earlier.[citation needed]

During the first Edinburgh show, Josh Franceschi announced that the band would be playing at T in the Park.

On 21 February 2011, the band announced that they would be touring with Parkway Drive, Bleeding Through, Confession and more on the Mix N' Mash Tour in May.[citation needed]

On 16 April 2011, Blink-182 announced that their headlining tour would be delayed till 2012 due to the fact that they have not finished recording for the new album yet. As a result, You Me at Six will not be touring with them. Upcoming tour dates for the UK in September will be released on 15 June, and the band have announced that they will be touring Australia with We the Kings in late August–early September.

On 10 July 2011, the band announced headlining US tour dates for October 2011 to promote the release of their third studio album.[citation needed]

On 29 August 2011, the fourth track of the Sinners Never Sleep, "This Is the First Thing" was leaked online by one of the inside recording team member back in Los Angeles while the band was tracking their vocals. On 1 September 2011, a 30-second snippet of the track from the record "Bite My Tongue" featuring Oli Sykes was leaked on the internet as well. It was removed 30 minutes later due to infringement and copyrighted issues.

The band's next UK tours started in March 2012. The first two tour dates, which were supposed to be played in Belfast and Dublin were postponed due to Josh Franceschi contracting tonsillitis and being unable to perform. The dates were rescheduled to take place in early April.[citation needed]

You Me at Six played the entire Warped Tour 2012.

Band members


Studio albums


  1. ^ "Chart Stats—You Me at Six". Retrieved 7 October 2008. 
  2. ^ McMahon, ed., 2014, p. 20
  3. ^ Jason Gregory. "You Me At Six To Support Fall Out Boy On UK Tour". 
  4. ^ Joe DeAndrea (11 November 2009). "You Me at Six Album Info". Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Welsh band set for Kerrang! trio". BBC. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "You Me at Six Write Official Single for the Swarm at Thorpe Park". Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  7. ^ " - You Me At Six - Hold me Down". 
  8. ^ Vans Warped Tour 2010 lineup
  9. ^ "You Me at Six". Myspace. 
  10. ^ talks to You Me at Six
  11. ^ Leeds Festival 2010 :: Line up
  12. ^ BBC. "BBC - Radio 1 - Live Lounge - Stornoway". 
  • McMahon, James, ed. (29 March 2014). "Here Come the Cavaliers!". Kerrang! (London: Bauer Media Group) (1510). ISSN 0262-6624. 

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