From a care-free, naive pop punk band to one of the biggest homegrown British rock bands of the last decade; life in the music industry has been quite the learning curve for Surrey rockers You Me At Six. Amassing the kind of uber passionate fanfare that every band rehearsing in their garage as we speak craves for, the quintet have built a connection with their fans of such strength that it has propelled the band to heights and accomplishments that very few would have thought possible during their original burst out of the blocks in 2008.
From flirting with the idea of calling it a day (on more than one occasion) to disputes and changes of their label - You Me At Six hasn't always been the steadiest of ships. Difficulties aside though, the quintet have built a back catalogue of music that without doubt captured the hearts of a large segment of the nation. From the great, to the good, to the very mediocre - we ranked You Me At Six's albums.
1. Sinners Never Sleep
Sinners Never Sleep while not the bands most commercially successful record, seems undoubtedly the album that truly started the shift that lead towards You Me At Six being one of Britain’s biggest rock bands. Produced by Garth Richardson, known for his work with bands like Biffy Clyro and Skunk Anansie, the dark tone of the album flushed out You Me At Six’s musical character in a way that not been seen previously, nor since.
The record seemed to have a large helping of most elements you could look for in a modern rock album. ‘Bite My Tongue’ is the best, most anthemic song the band have written to this day, ‘Jaws On The Floor’ bought an insatiable blend of pop and rock while ‘No One Does It Better’ had the chorus that made you want to put your arms around your friends and of course ‘Crash’ bought the by now standard procedure love song to the album.
Despite the band saying this was their most troubled recording process ever, it was this that bought out the most musically frustrated versions of the themselves, which wholeheartedly comes across on the record. Everything is full of bite and angst, and is seemingly a group of early twenty year olds standing up against the negativity in an industry that gave them their success. Sinners Never Sleep was the perfect bridge for what You Me At Six were looking to build, culminating in a sold out show at Wembley Arena. The surrey rockers may be able to continue to build on their popularity, but whether they ever manage to create something as greatly textured as Sinners Never Sleep, is a mighty task.