Headlining in Washington D.C. for the first time this weekend was You Me At Six. Ending their tour this week, the British band stopped by the 9:30 Club, “One of their favorite venues in the world,” as lead singer Josh Franceschi described it.
You Me At Six started the show with “Too Young to Feel This Old”, off their newest record Cavalier Youth. Next, was one of their most popular songs they always perform, “Underdog”. During the bridge of the song, fans are encouraged to scream the word ‘Underdog’ on the top of their lungs on the count of three. This is amazing because they do this at every show around the world. It was my favorite part of the night.
The show continued with “Loverboy,” which included a memorable solo by guitarist Chris Miller, who Josh gave praise to. The band began covering Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” before continuing to play their song with the same title off their album Hold Me Down. Both the acoustic and original version of this track sit at the top their Spotify popularity chart.
You Me At Six then got into material from their new album, and entertained the crowd by playing three consecutive songs from Cavalier Youth, including their single “Room to Breathe”. Fans were encouraged to sit on the shoulders of their friends, especially if they never have before. During the bands song “Reckless”, the voice of the fans’ voices overpowered Josh’s own. The smile on his face showed how grateful he was for having the opportunity to play for the crowd that knew every word of one of his band’s songs.
While performing “Bite My Tongue,” Josh Franceschi brought the crowd’s attention to the back of the venue, where he stood on balcony. He prompted the center of the room to start a pit. Returning back to the stage, the band took a small break to do shots which showed the bond that the members of You Me At Six share. They finally finished their set with “Fresh Start Fever” and “Lived a Lie.”
You Me At Six is definitely one of my favorite bands to see live. Every time I see them, I leave the show anxious for when they return. My only criticism is that I would have enjoyed to hear the other band members’ comments, but they had no microphones in which to voice them. However, Josh puts on an especially high-energy performance that fans can follow.
Openers: Young Guns and Stars in Stereo
Too Young to Feel This Old
Stay With Me
Forgive & Forget
Room to Breathe
Bite My Tongue
Fresh Start Fever
Lived a Lie