hmv's Albums of 2014: You Me At Six
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today it's rockers You Me At Six and their new record Cavalier Youth.
A little background…
You Me At Six come into 2014 in a strange position. They finished their last campaign on a real high, selling out Wembley Arena and filming a triumphant DVD, but, after that euphoria had died down, things went very, very quiet.
Rather than head straight back into the studio, the band headed out on the road across America, opening up for Pierce The Veil and All Time Low on what proved to be one of their most successful US jaunts to date. Rejuvenated, the band stayed in the US to record what would become their fourth studio album.
What It's Called?
It's titled Cavalier Youth, the band's shortest album title to date.
What Will It Sound Like?
From the tracks that have emerged so far, which are 'Lived A Lie', 'Hope For The Best' and 'Fresh Start Fever' (which you can hear at the bottom of the page), it seems the band have kept faith with the rockier sound they hinted at on Sinners Never Sleep. This doesn't look set to be a pop-punk throwback, but a more consistent rock record.
The tracks are more direct, more urgent and feel far more focused than last time around. They've been talking up bands like The Temper Trap in interviews and wanting to be seen in the same way as bands like The Killers and Kings Of Leon, so it's safe to say you won't be hearing too many breakdowns…
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
This time the band have worked with Neal Arvon, the man responsible for producing Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory in recent years. He's given them zingy radio sheen, it suits them very well.
Unlike last time out where the likes of Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes and Parkway Drive's Winston McCall were included on the record, there don't seem to be any big-name guests this time around.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?