When You Me At Six gathered together to begin the process of writing their new album, the classic-sounding Night People, they set up a whiteboard in their London studio. On it, along with the 50+ songs they wrote for the project, they listed the considerable achievements they’ve notched up since forming as teenagers in Weybridge, Surrey, in 2004.
The list included: playing Ally Pally, Wembley Arena, and The O2; scoring two Top Five albums (2010’s Hold Me Down, 2011’s Sinners Never Sleep) and a Number One album (2014’s Cavalier Youth), and taking 13 consecutive singles onto the Radio 1 A-list The purpose was not to slap backs, or to pile on the pressure for album number five; it was, instead, a chance to take stock, and to reaffirm their goals. “We were laughing as we were writing it out because we’d almost forgotten about some of the stuff, it’s all happened over the course of 10 years hard work” says frontman Josh Franceschi with a smile. “The idea was to list stuff that gave us an injection of confidence before we started going. It was us saying, ‘That’s what we’ve done now, but we want to play bigger venues, and we want to headline more festivals. That was the benchmark, and we can’t go back, we can only go further.’ It’s our launchpad.”
Now, a decade into their career, the five friends who form You Me At Six – frontman Josh plus Max Helyer (guitar), Chris Miller (guitar), Matt Barnes (bass) and Dan Flint (drums) – are focused on the serious business of becoming Britain’s biggest and best rock band.