call that a throwback?
YOU ME AT SIX pen letters to the kids they were back in 2008, when they were just about to release TAKE OFF YOUR COLOURS…
JOSH franceschi “Dear Josh,
“Tomorrow you will go into HMV and you will see a You Me At Six CD on sale and it will blow your mind. Take Off Your Colours means this isn’t just a Myspace thing anymore – this is serious now. You should also drop into Banquet Records to see what bands they’re going to recommend You Me At Six as ‘For Fans Of’. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I know you’re pretty wide-eyed and innocent at the minute and that’s okay, but be careful of that.
“If there’s one thing I’d like to say to you it’s this: ‘Don’t think too highly of yourself, don’t get caught up in the good times or get too bogged down in the lows either.’ The hardest thing you’ll encounter in this band will be the adjustments to the different waves and stages. When stuff is going really well, I want you to try to enjoy it more than you allow yourself, because I know you’re quite pessimistic by nature, or at least you are right now, but that won’t always be the case. And when stuff does fuck up, don’t think, ‘Oh the world’s over, I might as well be dead.’ Please just enjoy it more. Know that being creative is a trial-and-error process, so don’t shit yourself when it’s not going right. And when it is going right, use that energy and that high and carry it forward into everything you do.”
MATT barnes “Dear Matt,
“See that thing in the plastic case in your hands that you and your mates made? People are going to actually go into shops and buy that. Not to put too much pressure on you or anything, but that pretty much makes you a legit band now. Congrats, you’re a real band, so you have every right to be buzzing!
“I know you don’t expect it to turn You Me At Six into the biggest band in the world, but just knowing that people will buy loads of copies will make you feel like that. It’ll make the past three years of hard work and telling your parents that it’ll all be worth it, well, worth it. See, you were right to not bother going to college. You can probably quit your part-time job now, by the way, and start telling people you’re a musician. Everything is going to change when you dedicate your full time to the band. Have fun.”
DAN flint “Dear Dan,
“I hope you enjoy travelling around the country having a laugh, playing to a couple of hundred fans a night. You’re still a small band, sort of making waves on Myspace, but take pride in that achievement. Keep on refusing radio play because you don’t want to blow up on one song, play Brixton and then be forgotten about in a year. The charts don’t matter, and in the end you won’t give a shit about that anyway. Just concentrate on the next show and the next big night of having fun.
“And yes, it is scary to think about responsibility and mortgages. But you will have to learn about the business of the music industry and about being an adult. The success you’re about to have will make you realise you’ll want to keep it going and to try being bigger and better. For now, just get in the van and drink as much of the free booze as you can. Also, a friendly reminder to stop playing your songs 10bpm faster than they were recorded!”
CHRIS miller “Dear Chris,
“You’re about to experience a huge sense of achievement when you release this album. And I know you don’t have a clue what happens next, because you’re still so innocent about it all, but you have no idea the impact that it’s going to have for you as a band and on the people who hear it. It will actually be a huge part of all your lives for the next 10 years, even though you’ll find that hard to believe because you can’t imagine that you’ve helped make something so important.
“I know that you’re having such a good time that it doesn’t matter to you if it gets any better, but trust me it really does. Just enjoy it. It’s such a happy time in your life and things aren’t always like that. I know you will, but try to savour every moment. There’s no need to feel so relieved when it comes out, the feedback will be so overwhelmingly positive, I promise you!”
MAX helyer “Dear Max,
“I know you’re only 18 years of age, you’re not really thinking about this as a career, and you’re just buzzing about having a record out for people to buy, but hold on to that feeling, because it’s amazing. Tomorrow, you’ll be over the moon. And don’t listen to anyone who says there’ll be any nerves – you’ll be too excited for that. It’s youth and naivety, which is cool because you don’t yet know what the music industry is really like. It’s a fun time for you, because you’re doing something you really love doing.
“Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to get caught up in it all. Think of it is as your university years, because you won’t go to uni! You’re about to go to loads of uni cities and it’ll feel like one giant freshers’ week – you’ll play shows, meet new people, go to bars, hang out with fans and have the best time. It’s a cool experience but it will all happen so fast. Enjoy it while you can because in a few years you’re going to want to get a good fucking lawyer, mate!”