“We’re not sitting there saying we want to be the next Coldplay musically, but do we want to headline Wembley Stadium four nights in a row and headline Glastonbury? Yeah. Fuck yeah, we do,” says You Me At Six frontman Josh Franceschi.
Night People is their fifth studio record and it will certainly take them to the level he speaks of. Packed with anthemic vocals and bone shaking riffs, the London five piece show off exactly why they are one of the most exciting rock bands the UK has ever produced.
Opening with title track, it sets the tone for the album. Intimate venues were blown away at the end of 2016 as You Me At Six got back to basics in terms of their live set, but this track is big enough to echo from the front to the back of Worthy Farm, Wembley, or any other ridiculously large audience for that matter.
Do not be fooled, though, Night People is not an accumulation of melt-your-face-off guitar shredding tracks; mourning vocals and reflective vocals make LP number five their most honest yet. Take the penultimate track, Spell It Out, and it shows exactly what You Me At Six are all about and what they have achieved from this record.
Gradually building into an eerie, mystical track via crooning vocals before exploding with whiplash inducing drums; it rounds itself elegantly and glides flawlessly back into an isolated vocal-led ballad. Lyrics such as: “My darkest days have come and pulled me under,” back up again the sinister aurora surrounding the band on this LP.
Singles have been drip fed to eager fans and the time is finally here for new music. It will be interesting to hear how the new tracks come across live. Take On The World is a mellow, heartfelt, lighters in the air ballad that Franceschi roars over the four-and-a-half-minute track. Similar to Crash from Sinners Never Sleep, Take On The World is brief stillness woven into an otherwise no holds barred record.
All the hallmarks of old-school You Me At Six are present throughout Night People, but with a hint of maturity and development. For example, Swear (the shortest song on the LP) is soaked in a jaunty swagger that will be evident in the live performances. With memorable witty lyrics in Swear, like: “This life’s a tune, we know the moves, but you’ve been working with two left feet,” and working around: “I swear,” at the start of every verse, it is a track that is sure to become a fan favourite sooner rather than later.
Complementing the old school revisit is the newly discovered ‘pop’ fused sound that Brand New has laced in it. Giving major 80’s nostalgia with a shoulder bobbing, toe-tapping three-and-a-half minute is a burst of fresh sounding You Me At Six that every band seems to be going for at the moment.
Franceschi says: “I look at Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, all these bands who are having their moment and trying to become the new headliners, and we believe it’s our turn next. I want to watch our band blow up.” With Night People, You Me At Six are definitely contenders for the glitzy headline slots.
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Night People is available from 6 January 2017. Pre-order it here.