by Lindsy Stott
You Me At Six ended their tour performing two consecutive sell out nights at Brixtons O2 Academy.
The Last night saw an energetic and highly charged crowd of nearly 5,000 extremely vocal fans, who sang and chanted from the first chord of ‘Loverboy’ through until the final encore rendition of ‘Bite My Tongue’. Playing to a mixed crowd, the group of screaming girls were matched if not outnumbered by parties of lager drinking lads and an army of ‘Drop Dead’ devotees.
Having grown in stature since their last tour, the whole band appeared confident and venue seemed to be enjoying themselves – a trait not always evident in past performances. Josh Franceschi’s voice rang out with irresistible flair and new found depth, matched only by the superb guitar playing of Max Helyer and Chris Miller, the solid rhythmic bass of Matt Barnes and the commanding drums from Dan Flint who sat raised high above the rest of his band-mates.
It was a rousing gig with infectious energy – all too apparent during the performance of ‘Underdog’, but whilst the crowd enthusiastically welcomed the new material from ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ the fervour remained unabated for the ‘older’ hits of ‘Finders Keepers’ and ‘Stay With Me’.
A strong set and the inclusion of pyrotechnics provided an edge to the performance, although the over-use of strobe lighting during the first 3 tracks did little to enhance any visual impact – succeeding only in obliterating the band from view.
Despite still being a young and relatively inexperienced band, they left no one in any doubt as to why they have succeeded so quickly in becoming one of the most exciting and talented ‘group of friends’ to have emerged onto the UK music scene in recent years with an already substantial and sound fan base. Everyone left having had a damn good time – even the band!