JOSH FRANCESCHI

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Given how things didn’t quite work out on Night Peo­ple, was it im­por­tant to put You Me At Six back on track with VI? “We saw it as a good op­por­tu­nity for us to bounce back. It was more about prov­ing stuff to our­selves. When we played Down­load and dropped Fast For­ward for the first time, the re­ac­tion we got was like, ‘Oh fuck, they get it,’ and you can’t fake that kind of hon­est feed­back. We didn’t have enough of those mo­ments on Night Peo­ple. And that’s down to us. You can blame who­ever you want: la­bels, pro­duc­ers, man­age­ment, but ul­ti­mately you’re in charge. You sign off on putting the songs out. So on this record we all fuck­ing brought our A-game. Ev­ery­one stepped up, took own­er­ship, ev­ery­one was uni­fied and we just went for it.” Does the song Back Again sum up the de­fi­ant spirit of this record? “Max [He­lyer, gui­tar] put that to­gether. I was liv­ing with him for a

“WE ALL BROUGHT OUR A-GAME TO THIS RECORD” JOSH FRANCESCHI

while, of wine and one after night four we or nailed five bot­tles it. That song is about be­ing in a rut and just fuck­ing wak­ing up. The idea of be­ing in a rut used to freak me out, like my life was go­ing down the shit­ter, but I ac­tu­ally think those mo­ments in life are re­ally im­por­tant. Be­cause with­out them you don’t re­ally know what you’re made of.” Some of the sass of old has re­turned on this record, too. Pre­dictable, for ex­am­ple, doesn’t re­ally hold back… “There’s a nasty line or two on there, but that’s how I felt at the time. When I write some­thing nasty, it’s in the mo­ment and it’s gone for­ever. But it doesn’t mat­ter who you are or what you do in life, peo­ple will let you down, lie to you or be dis­hon­est with you, or fuck you over – and that song is your an­them. I had no other choice. I had no hope in hell of mak­ing that song pos­i­tive. It’s all so nat­u­ral. That’s how the whole record feels.”

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