Review: You Me At Six – HMV Buchanan Street, Glasgow – 30th January 2014.

034B7808When You Me At Six (*****) first announced their jaunt around the UK’s record shops, doing in store performances and signings in support of their fourth album, Cavalier Youth, the news was received with excitement and enthusiasm. What fan wouldn’t jump at the chance to walk into the intimate arena that is HMV and see their favourite band tear it a new one?

Which is exactly what You Me At Six did.

Despite it being January, the queues outside HMV on Buchanan Street in Glasgow were ready to rock, prepared adequately for the weather with beanies and hoodies. As the crowds flowed into the upstairs space surrounding the small wooden platform You Me At Six were about to take to, the air was buzzing with anticipation.

In-store performances have a real surreal quality to them. They’re stripped of the mystique and magic that usually adds to a live performance – although being honest, You Me At Six are such a tight live unit there’s little need for smoke and mirrors here. Opening with new tracks Too Young To Feel This Old and Fresh Start Fever, the structure of the building is put to the test as the floor begins to shake. You Me At Six are on fire.

Alongside tracks from Cavalier Youth, the band make sure to throw in some belters from their back catalogue. Stay With Me and Reckless always go down a storm, and because they love Glasgow so much, an extra treat came in the form of Underdog.

Closing their short but sweet set with the phenomenal anthem that is Lived A Lie, this was the perfect warm up to their March/April tour – and you can bet that is going to be something special.

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