You Me At Six
Hold Me Down
Surrey pop-punk quintet You Me At Six released make-or-break album number two ‘Hold me Down’ mid January through Virgin Records; it has excelled any expectations the fans and the band alike have had. Reaching number five in the official UK album chart, whereas their first album, ‘Take off Your Colours,’ only reached the top 20, they are now receiving much media attention and more radio play than ever before, and have proved to be set for great heights.
The album (recorded at Outhouse Studios in Reading,) kicks off with the song ‘The Consequence,’ promoted as a free pre-release, was bound to get pulses racing as it has a heavier feel than most of the other work completed by the boys. On some level it can be compared to ‘Tigers and Sharks’ from the first album, or some of the gritty unreleased tracks from the bands younger days. Following this is the track on everyone’s lips ‘Underdog’ of which the video is shown daily throughout many music broadcasting channels. It would however not be fair to say that these two renowned songs are what make the album, it was ‘There is no such thing as Accidental Infidelity’ that you could consider as a more upbeat verse of A Day to Remember’s ‘If it Means A lot to You’ that did it for me.
Many tracks from the rest of Hold Me Down appear to be a sort of diary or therapy for singer Josh Franceschi, spilling many thoughts and feelings about his breakup with his ex girlfriend. Three of the tracks poignant to this are ‘Stay with me,’ ‘Safer to Hate Her’ and ‘Fireworks.’ The latter being the icing on the cake for this 12 track masterpiece, it is what all good ballads are made of. With similar tones to ‘Always Attract’ (from first album ‘Take Off Your Colours’) and using the metaphorical lyric ‘Remember when, you were my boat, and I was your sea, together we’d float, so delicately. But that was back when we could talk about anything..’ It is words like these that make us understand why countless numbers of girls (and guys) swoon over this young band.