You Me At Six - MOVED TO 9/15/2014

You Me At Six - MOVED TO 9/15/2014

You Me At Six

Deaf Havana

Stars In Stereo

The Downtown Fiction

Mon, April 21, 2014

7:00 pm

Moved to 9/15

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You Me At Six
You Me At Six
This year, Josh Franceschi spent his birthday in Los Angeles. His girlfriend, his best friend and his sister had all flown out to help him celebrate and they had a big day out planned. First, though, Josh had to stop by the studio for what he thought would be a quick meeting. He and his band mates in You Me At Six had been holed up in producer Neal Avron’s home studio near Sunset Strip, making ‘Cavalier Youth’: their fourth album, soon-to-be defining statement and follow-up to 2011’s gold-selling ‘Sinners Never Sleep’.

Things had been going well, so Josh was a little surprised to find Neal, guitarists Max Helyer and Chris Miller, bassist Matt Barnes and drummer Dan Flint’s birthday surprise for him was to suggest that his contribution to ‘Wild Ones’ – the epic closing song on one of the most anticipated rock records of 2014 – wasn’t quite up to scratch.

“If on ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, they’d have said, ‘Josh, why don’t you rewrite this?’, I’d have been like, ‘Why don’t you go fuck yourself?’” laughs Josh. “But when they said, ‘Musically, this is such a massive song, do you really want to be the one that lets it down?’, I was like, ‘I really don’t’.”
So Josh spent his birthday holed up in Neal’s garden with his laptop, rewriting the lyrics and vocal melody until they matched the scale and scope of the music. When he emerged triumphant – “like a kid at Christmas”, according to Max – with the revamped song, Josh knew it was a “defining moment” for the band.

Such incidents show the ambition and renewed appetite at large in the You Me At Six camp. The band has been a model of musical development from 2008 debut ‘Take Off Your Colours’ through 2010’s ‘Hold Me Down’ and on to ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, but now nothing less than brilliant will do.
This is an all the more remarkable state of affairs considering the staggering achievements around that last album. ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ debuted at No. 3 in the UK album chart. The band were hailed as leaders of Britain’s new rock scene by everyone from Radio 1 to Q magazine and The Times. Their song The Swarm became the theme tune for Thorpe Park’s blockbuster rollercoaster of the same name. And – having stormed stages at Download, Reading & Leeds and all over the world – the campaign finished with a sold-out show at London’s 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena in December 2012.

That show – documented on 2013’s ‘The Final Night Of Sin’ DVD – was the culmination of eight years hard work, since the band formed as teenage pop-punks in Weybridge, Surrey, in 2004. It also – in Josh’s words – established them alongside “the big boys” of British rock. But while many bands would view such an occasion as the peak of their career, You Me At Six see it as base camp. After Wembley, change was inevitable: the band had switched management company and split with their old label, eventually finding a happy home with BMG’s new recorded music arm.

But things had changed within the band as well. ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, for all its triumphs, had not been the smoothest recording process while the squabbles with their old label – which Josh had to battle to get to release ‘Reckless’ as a single, only for it to become their most played radio song ever – had taken its toll. “If somebody had asked us ‘What’s next?’ after Wembley, the answer would’ve been, ‘We really don’t know’,” says Josh. “We had no label, no management, no idea really.”

That they rediscovered their verve in such spectacular fashion on Cavalier Youth is testament to the studio environment created by Neal Avron (Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Weezer), who worked them harder than they’d ever worked before, but also encouraged them to broaden and stretch their musical horizons. But it’s also due to the giant strides made by the band itself. Hence the next-level musicianship displayed on the album. Max Helyer’s riffs are catchier than most people’s choruses. Dan Flint’s drums are more colossal than Godzilla’s big brother. And, where ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ successfully tried its hand at a pick’n’mix selection of different genres, ‘Cavalier Youth’ displays a consistency born of confidence.

There’s still plenty of variety of course, with songs ranging from the all-out rock attack of ‘Room To Breathe’ and ‘Win Some, Lose Some’ to the acoustic, Best-Coast-and-Joy-Division-namechecking ‘Be Who You Are’. ‘Lived A Lie’ has already become the band’s (and BMG’s) biggest-ever hit single, charting at No. 11, its inspired marching band-style middle eight showing off their current willingness to push their musical boundaries. Meanwhile, the crossover alt-rock anthem ‘Forgive And Forget’ boasts a chant so infectious, 2014’s festival crowds are probably singing it already.

Lyrically, too, Josh is fizzing with fresh optimism, exemplified by the pulsating positivity of ‘Fresh Start Fever’, its “Dream a little bigger!” chorus surely destined to soundtrack a million New Year’s resolutions as well as spur the band on to new heights. Because, more than anything, this is the first You Me At Six album to establish a big, beefy rock sound that belongs entirely to, well, You Me At Six. “For the first time, there’s a real cohesiveness in our sound,” says Josh. “We wanted to write a record that in five or ten years time would still be relevant and make sense.” “We’ve got bigger ambitions than just staying in our world and scene,” states Max. “We want to be a band that’s listened to by everybody.”

So they enthuse not just about their dreams of appearing high up the bill at Reading & Leeds, but also to play Glastonbury for the first time. They enthuse over the strength-in-depth of ‘Cavalier Youth’, an album they hope will spin off “at least six” singles. And they make no bones about their desire to graduate to arenas, not just as a London one-off, but as a regular occurrence all over the world. They’re already making headway in Australia and America – where YMAS recently completed their first headlining tour after years of groundwork on package tours and in support slots – and are primed to become the UK’s next enduring international rock success story.
“That’s the ambition for this album,” says Josh. “We’d be lying if we said breaking America isn’t something we want to achieve.” And they certainly have the ambition, the ability and, in Cavalier Youth, the album to accomplish such aims. “I don’t think our band’s ever sounded this good,” says Max proudly. “If there’s ever a time for You Me At Six, it’s right now.”

He’s right too. That’s why ‘Wild Ones’, the song Josh so successfully tweaked back in that LA garden on his birthday, finds the frontman posing the question, “Are we going to live forever?” with the confidence of a man who already knows the answer. Josh might not have had much of a birthday bash this year. But ‘Cavalier Youth’ marks the happiest of returns for You Me At Six -- and now the whole world gets to celebrate.
Deaf Havana
Deaf Havana
Deaf Havana will release their first official U.S. album, Old Souls, on January 21, 2014 through Razor & Tie. Produced by the incomparable YOUTH (U2, The Verve, Primal Scream, The Orb) along with Lee Batiuk, Old Souls is available for pre-order now HERE. Order by December 15th 2013 and get a free limited edition Deaf Havana tour poster!

Old Souls is packed full of gut-busting anthems, tear-inducing ballads and everything in between. The follow-up to their U.K. #1 album Fools and Worthless Liars, the album has sold 35,000 to date. Old Souls was released September 16th on BMG Chrysalis in the U.K. debuting #1 on the U.K. Rock Chart, and Top 10 on the overall U.K. Album Chart.

Old Souls first single, “Boston Square”, has been called “The Hottest Record in the World” by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. The accompanying video has had over 250,000 streams to date, and the band has an overall 4.5 million YouTube views of their videos. Over the summer, the band performed a string of sold-out U.K. dates, including two Union Chapel shows, a Leeds Festival performance, opened for Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at the Hard Rock Calling, and opened for MUSE in Germany. They are currently in the midst of a headlining U.K. Tour that wraps up October 25.
Stars In Stereo
Stars In Stereo
They’ll try to tell you Rock music is dead. They’ll point to ever-changing trends – the rise of different genres, the apathetic culture, the cynicism of today’s music fan. They’ll show you MTV; scroll the radio dial for a glimpse of the moment. They’ll say it’s a lost art, no longer at the center of the cultural lexicon, no longer the heartbeat of a movement.

They haven’t seen Stars in Stereo.

The truth comes out when the lights go down. When hundreds of people pack shoulder to shoulder, pressing to get closer. The truth comes out when Drew’s drums explode into the opening song. The truth comes out when you hear Bec’s voice. This isn’t a song – it’s an anthem. This isn’t a chorus – it’s a battle cry.

Rock is dead?

Tell it to the crowd packed toward the front, catching Jordan on their outstretched hands when he drops his guitar and leaps with reckless abandon from the stage.

Tell it to the kid getting crushed by life, by stress, by his struggle to get through the day, who jumps and sways feeling Frogs' bass, who sings along to every lyric and feels good for the first time in ages.

Tell it to the girl who comes home from the show and lies in bed with her head spinning, a thousand hopes and dreams launched into flight, who puts up flyers the next day because she wants to start her own band.

This is the power of Stars in Stereo, of their electrifying live show, and of their self-titled debut album.

This is four friends on a journey together, crisscrossing the country again and again, winning over new fans in new cities every time the lights go down and their first song bursts through the speakers.

This is lightning in a bottle, in ten tracks. This is a roadmap of pain, and loss, and the dark underbelly of love, but also redemption, change, and hope. There is violence. There is joy. There is life.

This isn’t a trend, or a scene, or another flash in the pan.

This is Rock. Alive and well. Kicking and screaming. Meeting the moment.

This is Stars in Stereo.

Stars in Stereo are: Bec Hollcraft: Lead vocals, Jordan McGraw: Guitar, Ryan “Frogs” McCormack: Bass, Drew Langan: Drums.
The Downtown Fiction
The Downtown Fiction
The Downtown Fiction (TDF) of Fairfax, Virginia have taken their love of music, friends, and a darn good time and created something really special. Citing influences ranging from Green Day to The Rolling Stones, the pop-rock trio has a sound comparable to the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, and The All-American Rejects. With fans across America and even in South Asia, TDF proves to be on a musical mission.

Formed in the summer of 2008 by Cameron Leahy (vocals/guitar) and Eric Jones (drums), the two posted three demos on their MySpace and were blown away by the response. Soon after, they recruited friend David Pavluk on bass and backing vocals to round out the trio. With Cameron's majestic stage presence, and the band's witty lyrics and catchy chords, it's no question why label president Matt Galle quickly signed them to Photo Finish Records in 2009.

On March 3rd, 2010, TDF released their first EP "Best I Never Had" to a long climb up the iTunes chart. With a blossoming number of dedicated followers on multiple social networking sites and a YouTube channel currently boasting 5,000 subscribers and surpassing a whopping 1,000,000 views, TDF is well on their way to taking over the media world.

The Downtown Fiction has been building a reputation for working hard and touring constantly alongside their contemporaries; making appearances on this past summer's Bamboozle Road Show with headliners Boys Like Girls and All Time Low, as well as the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. With a loyal fan base that just keeps growing, TDF has created a perfect experience for their fans and for music lovers everywhere, providing an entertaining live show in addition to their high-energy music. And not only has The Downtown Fiction made it their goal to road trip across America with their catchy tunes, but they've also made a point to travel the globe; hitting up Japan in the fall of 2010 with We The Kings before embarking on a full US tour as the main supporting act with The Summer Set.

In addition to their world travels, (including rocking cities with The Ready Set on the Glamour Kills Tour) and popularity-gaining EP's, TDF's music has been circling the world in another form - by being featured on some of the most popular TV shows around. Besides their debut video for "I Just Wanna Run" premiering on MTV Hits, MTV2, and MTV U; their music can be heard throughout the second season of MTV's Jersey Shore, and has been featured on other shows like The Hard Times of RJ Berger, The Challenge: Fresh Meat II, The Hills, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. And since infiltrating your cable channels just isn't enough, The Downtown Fiction has three downloadable tracks featured in Rock Band!

And of course, soon enough, the hard travelin' members of TDF are currently gearing up for a Fall Tour with Tonight Alive and releasing their new album in Spring 2013!
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change