You and What Army

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You And What Army
from left to right: Zak Hammond, David Brown, Jamie Hancox, Kieran Smith
Background information
Origin Telford, England, UK
Genres Alternative metal, rap metal, electronic rock, electronicore
Years active 2007–2014 (on hiatus)
Labels Unsigned
  • Dave Brown
  • Kieran Charles Smith
  • Jamie Hancox
  • Zak Hammond
Past members
  • Joseph Allen
  • Darren Smith
  • Tom Bridgwater
  • Mark Yardley
  • Ben Roberts
  • Eamon Shortt (on LaserTech ((whatever dat is)))
Not to be confused with the American power pop band of the same name, who were active in the '90s.

You and What Army is a four-piece band from Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom, consisting of Dave Brown, Kieran Smith, Jamie Hancox, and Zak Hammond. They combine several different musical styles into their sound and are mainly influenced by heavy metal and electronic music.

In 2010, You And What Army played at Download Festival,[1] T in the park,[2] Sonisphere,[3] Underage Festival[4] and Hevy Music Festival[5] and toured with Kids in Glass Houses and Boys Like Girls.[6] You and What Army has also performed with Hadouken!, Chase and Status, Tempah T, My Passion, Goldie Lookin Chain, Dave McPherson and Silent Descent.

Brown runs the YouTube channel 'boyinaband' where he makes music tutorials, skits and videos involving the band. He has also collaborated with other YouTube users. He also has a career as a producer, specializing in electronic and metal music.

The guitarist/vocalist Smith previously performed under the alias 12 Story Fall as a singer/songwriter. He recently changed his performance name to 'Kieran Smith' [7] and released an acoustic album 'Rooted'.[8]

They are also the winners of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2010.[9]


The band was formed in 2007 and gigged extensively between September and December 2008, playing in bars, clubs and other small venues. They were voted second in Rocksound magazine's readers; poll for Best Live Unsigned Band. In January 2009, the band began recording their first EP, Soundtrack to the Apocalypse in Brown's home studio. The EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Brown and was released on 5 June 2009. With the EP, the band gigged throughout the summer and supported Hadouken in Wolverhampton during Hadouken's UK September/October tour.[10]

Early in 2010, You and What Army was voted the third best unsigned act in Rock Sound magazine.[11] You and What Army then started work on a second EP, The End Of The Beginning, again recording in Brown's home studio in January and February. It was released on 26 March 2010.

In 2011, You and What Army played smaller headline shows. They returned to play Download Festival and Sonisphere Festival as well as Camden Crawl and Main Stage Osfest in Oswestry.

In 2012, the band released its EP You and What Army as both a digital release and physical copy. The MP3s were offered for free on NoiseTrade. You and What Army returned to perform at Download Festival in 2012 and released a music video, "Into Your Eyes", with clips from their live performance at Download festival.

The band has stopped performing live and is working on its first album, which was scheduled to be released in 2013. However, on 10 July 2014 it was announced on their Facebook page that they were on indefinite hiatus, cancelling all plans of releasing what was to be their debut album.

Musical style[edit]

You and What Army are influenced by a variety of music genres, including rock, rap, metal, djent and various electronic music genres such as rave, drum and bass, gabber, trance and electro house.[12][13] The band's earliest songs didn't make use of clean vocals,[14][15][16] however, following the addition of guitarist and vocalist Kieran Smith, the band started incorporating clean vocals on some songs. The band's second EP The End Of The Beginning features both rapping and screamed vocals from frontman Dave Brown, as well as clean vocals from Kieran Smith. The band's self-titled EP features influences from djent metal on tracks such as "Lucidity" and "Take the World by Storm", Dave Brown describing the latter one as "really heavy",[17] as well as a "slow, less heavy" liquid drum and bass song[18] featuring both Brown and Smith singing.[19]

Red Bull Bedroom Jam[edit]

In 2010, the band entered themselves into the 'Red Bull Bedroom Jam' 2010, an online competition where the prize was to win the chance to play at five major festivals and to be the opening act for major band on a full UK tour. In the first stage, You and What Army performed a live gig from a bedroom live on the Internet. In the second stage, they played on the Red Bull stages at Download Festival, T in the Park, Sonisphere, Underage Festival and Hevy Festival. In the final part of the competition, the band was picked by judges Andy Copping, Beckie Sugden, Charlie Simpson (Fightstar) and Darren Taylor (Rocksound editor)[20] to compete against the two other remaining bands within the competition in another public online voting system, which they won.

The band then spent two weeks in October in the Red Bull studio in London and recorded a four track EP, produced by John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios. It was released as a cover-mount by Rocksound magazine. The band also went on tour with Kids In Glass Houses and Boys Like Girls in support of the 'Dirt' tour in November. The EP was released as RockSound's CD cover mount on 2 February and had a CD-ROM which contained the band's progress throughout the RBBJ competition. This edition of Rock Sound had a full page feature on You and What Army.

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members[21]
  • Joseph Allen – lead guitar (2007–2008)
  • Darren Smith – bass guitar (2007–2008)
  • Tom Bridgwater – drums (2007–2008)




Album details
  • Soundtrack To The Apocalypse
  • Released: 5 June
  • Format: CD, Download
  • The End Of The Beginning
  • Released: 26 March
  • Format: CD, Download
  • You and What Army EP
  • Released: 29 January (download), 2 April (CD)
  • Format: CD, Download

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