You Me At Six
14th March 2010
It’s hard to define Forever The Sickest Kids, who open tonight’s sold out show. With enough members to make even the impassive Academy stage look small, the Texas sextet bash through their bouncy brand of dance-infused, pop-tinged rap- rock with plenty vigour and swishy hair. It may not be original and nor is it particularly lyrically profound, but FTSK’s musical style seems to be a hit with the crowd tonight, who took full advantage to get the night off to an energetic start.
Fresh off the UK release of their sophomore album, ‘Smile Kid’, We The Kings were next to bound onto the stage, brandishing an arsenal of sunny, pop-punk tunes. Their summer-infused sound was a definite hit with the crowd who were clearly happy to welcome Travis Clark & Co back with open arms. Blasting through fan-favourites Skyway Avenue and Secret Valentine the guys ensured the crowd made full use of their vocal chords with sing-a-longs aplenty. In terms of newer material, the band had time to roll out She Takes Me High and current single Heaven Can Wait, before finishing the night off with Check Yes Juliet. With cheery chorus at every turn, We The Kings are the perfect purveyors of feel-good pop punk tunes. Tonight’s short support set was an ideal showcase if what they have to offer; a live show that will undoubtedly be built upon when they return with their own headline show.
A solitary drum kit set in front of a heavy blue curtain was all that You Me At Six seemed to need for their biggest Scottish headline date so far. Exploding onto the stage to a marching drum beat courtesy of Dan Flint and ear-splitting screams courtesy of the legions of fans packed into the O2 Academy, the band wasted no time in launching straight into Safer To Hate Her, from current album ‘Hold Me Down’. Two songs later, with an emergency siren blaring out through the P.A. system and as the intro to The Consequence reverberated around the room, You Me At Six finally revealed their full stage set up. An impressive light display was teamed with ramps and monitors – perfect for the energetic guitarists to clamber all over – a set up which provided a more grown up aesthetic look that seemed to match the band’s matured live sound. It appears that a relentless touring schedule alongside bands such as Paramore, as well as a stint Stateside on the Vans Warped Tour seems to have done You Me At Six the world of good, in terms of stage presence and musicianship. Whilst the immeasurable response from the crowd seemed to almost overwhelm the young band from time to time, the set flowed brilliantly with vocalist Josh Franceschi dancing around the stage like a pro.
Fireworks was a particular highlight, taking on a whole other dimension on the live stage and it was recent single Underdog that finished the night off in style. With a performance such as this it seems undeniable that You Me At are succeeding in showing the country what fans have known for years – that they are an indisputably one of the most exciting British bands around today.