Sunday, January 17, 2010

You Me At Six - Hold Me Down

,Hold Me Down, released on January 11, 2010, marks the second album by the British band You Me at Six. This band came onto the scene with their first album, Take Off Your Colours and have since been seen in America on Warped Tour 2009 and Fall Ball (with The Academy Is..., Mayday Parade, Set Your Goals and The Secret Handshake). Though they are probably best known for their cover of Lady GaGa's hit Poker Face, You Me at Six's two albums feature songs of a more punk/alternative genre. The band consists of members Josh Franceschi (lead vocals and lyrics), Max Heyler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Chris Miller (lead guitar), Matt Barnes (bass guitar) and Dan Flint (drums/percussion). Aside from having set themselves apart from other bands trying to make it in this industry, this five person ensemble puts on a fairly good stage show, displaying energy and passion for not only their music, but the crowd as well.

Now onto their new album! Hold Me Down features a cover even more explosive and eye catching than their first album, and what is inside does not disappoint. Franceschi's style, both lyrically and vocally, are interestingly different than others of their genre. He is not what one might call an A-Level singer, but I find that his unique voice brings something to the plate that other bands cannot offer. Though the majority of the songs on the album are not beautifully poetic, the are far from bad and many of them are highly catchy. Some people might find their louder bass and drumlines a little too much for someone with a voice like Franceschi, but personally, I am a fan of the combination. I recommend finding a copy of this album or, if you have not heard it, their first album. These boys know what they're doing with music, and who would I be kidding if I said they were hard on the eyes? So I suggest that, if you get the chance, you take a look at You Me at Six!

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