It has been some time since You Me At Six graced New York City with their presence. They brought their headlining tour to the city that never sleeps and the city returned the favor by selling out the show. It would have been safe to assume that the UK band would have had an older crowd considering they were ruling the U.S. alternative scene back in the early 2010s. Just to further prove the band’s longevity and talent, there were younger fans in the front of the crowd singing along to every word and jumping away for every song.
The three band bill was a beautiful blend of enticing vocals, creative lyricism, and charismatic on-stage personalities. Machineheart opened the show and serenaded the crowd for a set that was entirely too short. Their incorporation of synth elements elevated their pop-rock set. The only thing lacking was a little bit of banter in between songs, but maybe the mystery of only being able to judge them on their music and not a witty stage presence made their artistry shine that much brighter.
Dreamers are a crowd favorite in NYC. Hometown pride always fills the room as their killer guitar driven indie rock tunes amp up a crowd. Unfortunately the band had the worst lighting of the night, but their charisma and insane energy made up for it.
There was a sense of nostalgia in the air as they played songs like Underdog and Bite My Tongue, but their newer songs captivated the room just as well. I seemed to have forgotten what a talented vocalist Josh Franceschi is. As his vocals powered throughout the room, you could truly feel how much he and the rest of the band were having fun performing. Their edgy tracks were perfectly complemented by their softer pop infused songs. You Me At Six’s American comeback couldn’t have been at a better time and it’s great to see that everyone has welcomed them in with open arms.
View all of the photos from the night below. You can listen to You Me At Six’s latest record VI here. All photos by Carol Simpson. Check out the list of remaining tour dates to below to see if the band will be coming to a city near you.