The Throwback Tuesday weekly post is a opportunity for me to revisit the good, cheesy, forgotten or essential parts of music, film, tv and books from my childhood, the past few years or the generations/eras/works of art that have influenced my life in some way.
As You Me At Six gear up to release their fourth album ‘Cavalier Youth’ on 27th January, I thought I’d take us back to when it all started happening for those boys with the instant teen pop-punk anthem, ‘Save It For The Bedroom’.
In a time where UK rock/alternative music was boring/stale/non-existent and the pop punk scene was dominated by the Americans, it was a complete revelation when these 5 Surrey lads bounded into our musical consciousness with this lead single from their debut album. Instantly catchy with melodic guitar hooks, a sing along chorus and a fresher, more obviously British take on the pop punk scene. As much as there is some really good American pop punk bands there is only so many Americanisms in music one person can take before they crave something else, preferably a different perspective on that genre. Only teenagers when they started they showed exactly what someone of their young age could achieve if you put the hours in, touring wise and learning your craft, as well as growing up on a diet of good music.
At the time, the debut album was very good and still has a place in modern pop punk but now the band have grown up and developed musically to create a sound that fully encompasses all their influences as well as showcasing their growing talents for song-writing, melody and producing songs that will stand the test of time. These days I would class the band as more rock with an alternative streak but the pop punk they started out with and grew up on is still there, it’s just a bit tamer. For me personally I think as the band have got older, the albums have got better and in particular I loved ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, their third and most recent release. I’m not sure what exactly ‘Cavalier Youth’ will bring but from the sounds of the singles so far it is another growth in sound, really perfecting their craft whilst also becoming more ambitious. But while we wait in anticipation for that, let’s take a moment to appreciate and relive their early days.
You Me At Six – Save It For The Bedroom
Taken from the album: Take Of Your Colours