'Pop-punk' is a tag that is bound to throw up the usual comparisons. Maybe the best known examples of bands who find that label superglued to each and every review would be Blink-182, Green Day, Wheatus, Jimmy Eat World, and Bowling For Soup. However, today we give you the U.K. equivalent, You May At Six, and their debut album Taking Off Your Colours.
Released towards the end of 2008, it is now available in the U.S. as a deluxe version with extra tracks. It’s a timely release with the band currently playing live dates across the States.
It has to be said that they have already come a long way from playing down my son’s 'local' (which they did up until very recently). However, signs they had arrived became clear when they headlined their hometown Guilfest (The Guildford Festival) this year. Now it's the States and who knows what next.
They have released five singles and were nominated for 'Best British Band' in 2008 by Kerrang! Magazine before ultimately losing out to Bullet For My Valentine, whose latest album, was reviewed as part of Eurorock a while back.
Much hyped over the last couple of years they somehow managed to take some well earned time out from this hectic gig schedule to record the album. It is, of course, a vitally important release for them and will either justify the aforementioned hype or shoot a major hole through it.
UK examples of 'pop-punk' are harder to find with McFly or Busted springing to mind but You Me At Six are now out there waving the UK flag. The band was formed in 2004 in Weybridge, Surrey, John Lennon and Ringo Starr’s old home, a town so affluent that it is always described as being representative of the so-called ‘leafy stockbroker belt’.
Despite the Surrey background you would be hard pressed to pick them out from a random playing of similar bands from other side of the Atlantic. However, what separates You Me At Six from a lot of the pack is their ear for a hook and there are plenty of examples to be heard on Taking Off Your Colours.