You Me At Six are in the first week of their North American Back Again Tour and night four brought them to the nation’s capital to rock the famous 9:30 Club. The backdrop on stage was displaying the cover art of their sixth studio album VI, released October 18, 2018. Drummer Dan Flint was the first to take the stage standing silhouetted against the backdrop. A roar erupted from the crowd as the lights came up and the rest of the band made their way out. Singer Josh Franceschi and bassist Matt Barnes leaping around at the energy being shown for them on a Sunday night. This is what live music is about.
The first song of the evening, Fast Forward, is also the first track from the album VI and by the crowd reaction they were thrilled. From the time Josh sang the first note the crowd was singing along and only got louder as the night progressed. These were fans there for a You Me At Six show and they were proud to show it. Impressively the set list was a fantastic mix of songs from every album spanning their fifteen year career. Half way through the night Josh asked the crowd how many people have seen You Me At Six before and how many were first timers. Surprisingly three-quarters of the crowd were seeing the band for the first time. One young fan was treated to having their cell phone taken so Josh could walk around and record the guys playing up close before handing it back to them. Thankfully the banter between songs was kept to a minimum which kept the pace of the show flowing and made it possible to get more music in.
There were two main highlights of the night and both came towards the end. One of the few times Josh conversed with the crowd it was to bring attention to the “bullshit practice of lying to the fans about the last song” before briefly leaving the stage Josh said “you know we are lying, I know you know we’re lying, but we have to do this thing called an encore even though we all know it’s one big lie so humor us please?” and as promised they were back onstage in a matter of minutes. Without wasting anymore time the guys jumped right back into the music with Room To Breathe off of the 2014 album Cavalier Youth. Before the crowd knew what was happening, Josh was on the floor right in the middle of them all as the intro to Underdog started. It was difficult to tell who was more excited to be in the crowd, Josh or the fans that quickly swarmed him. It didn’t take very long to figure out the answer as someone handed Josh a drink and he doled out hugs, high fives, took selfies, and smiled from ear to ear.
I have to admit I was blown away by how good the show was. I first learned of You Me At Six when Cavalier Youth was released and I was one of the first timers in the crowd. If you haven’t seen them yet or want to see them again the tour runs through March 16. A list of the remaining U.S. dates can be found at www.youmeatsix.co.uk and flood your local radio stations with requests so they have a reason to visit the states sooner!