UK Based Alternative rock band, You Me At Six is taking the world by storm with their explosive music genre bending new album titled VI. The 5 piece band deliver a rich colorful collection of songs that explores the wide range of rock and pop fully displaying their fearless storytelling and undeniable artistic growth. We were given the grand opportunity to chat with You Me At Six’s guitarist, Chris Miller, about the making of the band’s sixth album,VI, their music inspirations and the upcoming live tour set for next year!
SR: What was the inspiration for your new album, VI?
CM: We wanted to make an album with no limits to ourselves as songwriters and we wanted to push ourselves creatively and embrace a more open feel to new genres and sounds.
SR: What was your favorite track to record? Why?
CM: I had a lot of fun recording “Predictable,” which is one of the more darker shades to the album. We wrote that song at about 2am after some drinks in a moody jam space. It was a good atmosphere and was fun for guitars as there’s lots of spacey tweaked out soundscapes in the song. We tried to make every section a little different and create an uneasy mood for the listener. It changes quite a bit without necessarily being obvious. I also love the vocal sound. It’s cocky and in your face.
SR: While making a new track do you imagine what it would be like to perform the song live?
CM: Yeah often. We sometimes subtly slow songs or speed them up for our live show to make them better for crowd interaction. There’s also a famous “jump tempo” that works well, haha.
SR: You recently released the video for “Back Again” which was influenced by “The Big Lebowski.” Can you tell us what the filming experience like? Who in the band is a huge fan of the movie?
CM: It was a really fun video to make with lots of stupid outfits and we basically got to bowl all day. We used to hit up bowling alleys a lot in the States before we were 21, as it was easy to get beer and have a fun time. We all like the film and we thought it would be a laugh to do a take on a cult classic film. I like it because some people don’t really know the film but can still get their own impression from the video. If you know about “The Big Lebowski” then it’s quite funny.
SR: Do you have any pre-show rituals before you do a live performance?
CM: We always huddle up before the show and say some words of encouragement. We used to sing the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song for a bit, but it’s too long!! No one plays well if we don’t huddle, as we’ve found out many times.
SR: What has been your most memorable fan encounter?
CM: We have had so many cool fans over the world. Some of our UK fans have been to upwards of 100 shows! We had a tattoo artist out on tour with us and for a fans’ 100th show, she got a tattoo commemorating it, which was pretty cool.
SR: What artists and bands are currently motivating you?
CM: Everything really. I like how music is constantly changing and evolving these days – you have to stay on your toes. We try to listen to as many different genres as possible, as it gets boring recycling the same stuff over and over. We could be listening to Dance music one minute and Metal the next.
SR: You Me At Six will be touring North American next year. What can fans expect?
CM: A good time! We plan to bring all our energy with us and make for some really exciting and energetic shows. Come along and see for yourself!
Check out the list of tour dates below!
2/21 Boston, MA @Brighton Music Hall
2/22 New York, NY @Gramercy Theatre
2/23 Philadelphia, PA @Underground Arts
2/24 Washington, D.C. @9:30 Club
2/26 Toronto, Ontario @The Opera House
2/27 Detroit, MI @Saint Andrew’s
2/28 Columbus, OH @A&R Music Bar
3/2 Chicago, IL @Bottom Lounge
3/4 Denver, CO @Marquis Theater
3/6 Seattle, WA @Chop Suey
3/7 San Francisco, CA @Great American Music Hall
3/9 San Diego, CA @Music Box
3/10 Pomona, CA @The Glass House
3/11 Los Angeles, CA @Teragram Ballroom
3/13 Houston, TX @House of Blues
3/14 Dallas, TX @Granada Theater
3/16 Atlanta, GA @The Masquerade – Hell
Catch all the latest news on You Me At Six on their Official website
Photo Credit: Jordan Curtis Hughes