Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
Record label: Virgin
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, International, Punk Metal, Screamo, Western European Traditions, British
Produced by Garth Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Rage Against the Machine) and with guest appearances from two of the metalcore scene's most notable frontmen, You Me at Six's third album, Sinners Never Sleep, suggest the Surrey quintet are keen to distance themselves from their punk-pop boy band label. The follow-up to their 2010 breakthrough, Hold Me Down, does indeed contain two of the heaviest tracks they've recorded, with "Bite My Tongue," an aggressive slice of crunching metal featuring the vocals of Bring Me the Horizon's Oliver Sykes, and the intense, Pendulum-esque riffs and thrashing beats of "Time Is Money," which also includes the demonic howls of Australian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive's Winston McCall. But elsewhere, Josh Franceschi's emotive tones quiver over a number of more palatable, radio-friendly offerings, the majority of which bear the hallmarks of several bands from across the pond, whether it's Jimmy Eat World on the lighters-in-the-air ballad "Little Bit of Truth"; Panic at the Disco on the theatrical emo rock "The Dilemma"; or the Goo Goo Dolls on the chiming guitars and sweeping strings of soft rock anthem "Crash.
On which the Surrey band matures, largely to the benefit of their material. Alistair Lawrence 2011 Out of their teens and three albums into their career, Sinners Never Sleep arrives with the declaration that You Me at Six have matured. Abandoning their adolescent pop-rock completely would’ve been a rash move, though, and they appear to know it. Poster boy frontman Josh Franceschi has always been smart enough to make sure we empathise with him about being unlucky in love, rather than simply appealing for sympathy.