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YOU ME AT SIX @ MUSIC HALL, ABERDEEN 10/10/2011 - REVIEW BY STEVE PERKS

You Me At Six embarked on a short seven date tour of the UK this week to coincide with their new album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ which was released on 3rd October and reached #3 in the UK Album charts the day before the Aberdeen gig. (It peaked at #1 in the midweek album charts).This is their third album and has seen the band mature both musically and lyrically since their first album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ released in 2008.

Glasgow is normally considered the musical epicentre of Scotland, but Aberdeen was chosen as the only Scottish date and the lads packed the Music Hall to the rafters, having earlier engaged in an album signing session at One UP Records in the town. (I missed out on an exclusive interview with them in the afternoon as they were running late).Their audience was roughly in the 18 to 21 age group and were queuing around the block waiting for the doors to open at 7pm.

You Me At Six performed a powerful show, visually and musically – the PA sound was thunderous and the band rocked a full sound, supplemented by an unknown sixth member who complimented the sound with keyboards, third guitar and backing vocals. The photo pit was a little hazardous at times, with flying beer and crowd surfers being pulled out of the crowd by the efficient and even tempered Security staff, but nobody died and everyone went home happy. A huge mosh pit circle developed half way into the set and I had to grin as a lone and vertically challenged security guy made his way into it in a feeble attempt to halt it. The set consisted of the bulk of their second album ‘ Hold Me Down’ – a couple of tracks from their first album, and just four tracks from the newly released album, which I found a little surprising, but considering ‘Hold Me Down’ is the album that put them on the map last year, this was no doubt a considered decision. Attend a YMAS show and you will witness a band at one with their audience. Their fan base may be young in years, as are the band who are all around 21 years old, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they are just another manufactured overnight success  ‘boy band’. You Me At Six have worked their socks off since their formation in 2004 and can rock with the best of them.  Josh, Max, Matt, Chris and Dan conclude their UK tour on October 15th at the O2 Academy Brixton then are off to conquer the States.

Setlist:

The Consequence
Jaws On The Floor
Safer To Hate Her
Save It For The Bedroom
Liquid Confidence
Trophy Eyes
Contagious Chemistry
Bite My Tongue
Playing The Blame Game
Fireworks
Little Death
Tigers and Sharks

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Loverboy
Stay With Me
Underdog

Review & photos by Steve Perks - www.camerastageleft.com