You Me At Six are one band whose debut album Take Off Your Colours should be on everyone’s Christmas list this year. The only reason I urge you to do this is that somehow I imagine the gorgeous Josh Franceschi couldn’t stay still if he was wrapped up under your tree!I caught up with the guys (on a very poor phone line) during their UK tour to find out about their love for Biffy Clyro, who would make up their super group and the question we all want answering… what exactly they are saving for the bedroom!
Hey what’s up, how are you?
I’m good thanks, how are you enjoying Manchester?
We like Manchester a lot.
So what have you been getting up to in order to promote your new album “Take Off Your Colours?”
Well we’re touring right now to promote it and we’ve done some other stuff for it too.
Take off your colours is basically our debut album and we got the title from the film; ‘The Warriors’ There is a scene where the orphans ask the warriors to take of their colours if they want to come through their patch.
How would you describe the album?
I would describe it as a mixture of genres. Some songs are pop punk and some are rockier and heavier. I don’t really know to be honest. There’s something on there for everyone.
Who do you list as your inspirations?
Right now I’m spending a lot of time listening to the new Biffy Clyro album Puzzle.
No Way! Biffy Clyro are my favourite band in the whole world!
Really? That practically makes you and I related.
How are you enjoying being on the road?
It’s been cool, we’ve played some awesome shows and we’ve played with Fall Out Boy which was awesome. It’s been really cool so far and it’s been really good and we’re just looking forward to playing tonight because Manchester always treats us really well.
What do you think sets you apart from all the other bands trying to make it at the moment?
According to Dan our drummer we’re the best looking band around at the moment. Our music is very bad but we’re very hot. Ha-ha. I’m joking. We have no idea why all our stuff is going so well but we’re just grateful that it is and we just want to keep it going.
Right now a lot of it has been built up by a lot of luck and help form other people. The next thing for us it to write a really good second album and prove to you that we’re a band who deserves to be in your record collection.
I’m certain that you will; you sound awesome and you’re gorgeous, perfect combination! But do you actually have a certain process that you go through when writing songs or do you just whack them out?
We have three different ways of writing songs. [Then the signal disappears] sometimes we just jam out in our practise room so it varies.
What exactly are you saving for the bedroom?
Ha-ha!! I can’t believe it. I am saving a great conversation for the bedroom.
It’s about a young lady I used to know where I’m from who was very promiscuous and sexually active so I just thought I’d give her a shout out.
Conversation? I like it… I’d like to converse with you in my bedroom… ha-ha. But that’s for another interview… so if you were to make a super group who would you put in it?
Who is the guy with one arm…. who plays drums for Def Leppard?
Yeah, him. I’d also have the dude from AC/DC who wears the school boy outfit. The singer from Velvet Revolver and Pete Wentz on bass… that would be THE super group I think.
Super Duper. Where would you like to be in ten years time?
Here in Manchester playing at Academy One or The Apollo. Manchester is the best place in the world.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in a band?
I’d probably be a dancer; I’m an incredibly good dancer.
Wow; will you be pulling out some moves tonight?
I’m going to be watching.
No I’m lying. I’m not a good dancer. I’d probably be going to university doing some stupid course that I don’t want to do and going to lectures that I don’t want to be in and working in some supermarket to pay for my booze fuelled and evenings out so I’m glad I’m doing this rather than that.
So every celebrity we interview we ask them to come up with a question for the next person we interview…
Are we celebrities?
Only when you’re in Manchester! Anyway… so the band Cancer Bats want to know whether you prefer AC/DC’s new album of Metallica’s?
I prefer neither. I don’t really like either of those bands. I’d much rather listen to a Jimmy Eat World answer.
Matt likes ball breaker too because he likes balls.
Ah, all the truth is coming out to FemaleFirst! Can you come up with a question for Katherine Jenkins the opera singer?
I’ve heard of her but I don’t know who she is. Ask her if she prefers tenor or bass!
Ooh, good question, I’m very impressed.
I aim to impress.
And impress they did...Read my review from the show at Manchester Academy here.
I do hope to find one of these boys in my stocking this year!
FemaleFirst - Ruth Harrison