You Me At Six @ Chop Suey
There’s nothing quite like a good old rock show to get your blood pumping. That’s exactly what British band You Me At Six gives. They’re in the middle of a massive North American Tour in support of their latest album VI. We caught them when they visited Chop Suey in Seattle. To sum it up in one word: Wow.
The show opened up with Los Angeles band Machineheart. Their gentle synthpop lulled us in. (But more on them later). Then we were amped up with the crowd favorite, DREAMERS. They got us warmed up right in time for You Me At Six.
Lead singer, Josh Franceschi wasted no time. He dove in head first. The (very small) stage was his as he danced around his bandmates and sang their opening number ‘Fast Forward’. And it just exploded from there. These are five guys who know how to perform. There was never a dull moment.
They played a mix of old songs and new, so there was plenty for fans of every type. There wasn’t a single song where the crowd didn’t sing along, which is just a testament of how dedicated the fanbase is. And Josh was very masterful in playing this up. Throughout the set, he’d point the mic into the crowd, a big grin on his face. He was inviting everyone to take part. This was our show just as much as theirs.
He would make little quips occasionally as well. The quintessential frontman, with his cheesy smile and very British swagger. But it kept the night fun. And made the show unique, even though his jokes are likely recycled from night to night. (It’s a common thing that happens, we won’t hold it against anyone.)
The funniest and cutest bit that he did was where he asked if this one anyone’s first ever concert in their life. One person raised their hand, a girl named Leah. He began to address Leah. Explain to her how things worked.
He said that they’d play their songs, they’d profusely thank the crowd for being here and claim it was their last song. “The crowd knows it’s a lie. We know it’s a lie, but we do it anyway.” Then, for reasons unbeknownst to anyone, they’d go off stage, wait for everyone to shout their names, and then they’d come back out and play for more songs. “And that, Leah, is what we call the encore!” It’s a universal experience, but having him poke fun at it was really refreshing.
And when they did return for their encore, we at the Seattle show were given an extra special treat. It was guitarist Max Helyer’s birthday. So halfway through the encore, we were once again invited to sing along, this time with a song everyone knew. Their manager brought out a cake, and Max got to blow out the candles in front of the crowd. Moments like that are special and obviously, don’t happen at every show.
The entire show was just one massive mood lifter. It was impossible to keep from smiling. Josh knows how to work a crowd. And they all just have extraordinary chemistry. It’s not hard to see how they’ve all been together for so long.
There are still a few shows left on the tour. If you have the opportunity to get out and see them, definitely do.
Lived a Lie
Fresh Start Fever
Take on the World
Bite My Tongue
Room to Breathe
Noone Does it Better
*Happy Birthday Max*
Straight to the Head