You Me at Six Band – A Slow But Steady Start

The US certainly doesn’t hold the monopoly on the alternative music scene. There have been several notable UK groups which have made the transition into international success. One group that may be heading out of Surrey, England is the You Me at Six band.

For a band with an engaging and unique name it’s expected that they’d already be near the top of the list by this point. This could be an assumption, but the climb to fame and the soaring album sales has certainly been slow.

The band first came together in the year 2004. The original line up consisted of Josh Franceschi on lead vocals, Max Heyler on rhythm guitar, Matt Barnes on bass, Chris Miller on lead guitar and Joe Phillips on drums. Visit:-

Phillips has since been replaced with Dan Flint in 2006. The group was solid and complete enough to have been able to begin work immediately on an You Me at Six discography. This wasn’t the case though. For two years the band was mainly focused on traveling and performing in various gigs.

In 2006, they were finally able to make a minor release available with We Know What it’s Like to Be Alone an EP with four tracks. It was followed by another EP that contained four tracks. This was also the year when the group started playing in bigger events and venues such as Camden Underworld. Camden Underworld in which they performed to a packed audience.

The rising local support for the group eventually opened the way for the group’s first formal You Me at Six band album. “Take Off Your Colours was released through Slam Dunk in 2008 and came in at 25th place on the UK charts. Two singles on the album, Finders Keepers and Kiss and Tell also landed within the top 50 of the UK Singles Chart.

The success of the first project convinced the band members that they were indeed destined for a future in alternative rock. This resulted in the release and recording for Hold Me Down in 2010 and this time under Virgin Records. This second work performed even better than its predecessor on the charts, landing the 5th spot on the UK Album Chart. The album has now been certified silver.

The same year, the group added a new EP to the growing You Me at Six discography. They released Underdog featuring Fact-tastic. It until now, is one of their most fascinating tracks. The lyrics describe the band’s stance on the inaccurate information about bands that are spread by popular music websites and forums. The song was a direct shot at online properties like The next release after the Underdog EP was Liquid Confidence Live EP and the Stay With Me iTunes bundle The two were launched in 2010 as well.

Despite the slow and unremarkable start, this is one musical group that is definitely creating a name for its own. It was nominated three times for The Best British Band in the Kerrang! Awards from 2008 to 2010. They’ve never won, but they may be on their slow, measured way towards winning in the near future.

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