It’s been five months since we last spoke with You Me At Six. Since then, they’ve released their new album, Cavalier Youth – toured the world, and scored themselves a couple of Kerrang! Awards. With the news that the band will be returning to Australian shores this year, we sat down with guitarist Chris Miller to talk about being motivated, finding new meaning and how the band will be remembered in years to come.
By Meghan Player
“It’s been pretty non-stop really. We toured Australia, then we went to Europe for a month. It’s been really, really full on, but it’s been fun,” laughs guitarist Chris Miller. And he’s not wrong. Having hit the road at the end of 2013 in preparation for their new album, Cavalier Youth – You Me At Six haven’t stopped touring since; travelling the world to showcase their latest musical endeavor.
Most recently, the band took a slight break from their touring schedule to attend the Kerrang! Awards in London, where they were fortunate enough to take home two awards – Best British Band & Best Single; an achievement that Miller is understandably proud of.
“Yeah, it’s really, really cool,” the guitarist laughs. “It’s a fun night and everyone really enjoyed it. We’ve had the chance to win stuff before, but never really won anything. So to get a win this time – especially when you’re up against bands like Iron Maiden for Best British Band – it’s really cool. We’re very happy.”
Certainly, it seems that those good times will just keep on coming for the band, with the recent announcement they will be heading back to Australia this year; with support from local legends, Tonight Alive.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re really excited to come back,” Miller enthuses. “I think it’s going to be our fifth time in Australia, so yeah, it’s going to be awesome. We always love coming back.”
This time around, local fans will be able to hear more tracks from most recent album, Cavalier Youth – an album that is allowing the band to find new life and meaning in the songs, whilst playing them live.
“It’s always weird playing new songs for the first time. But also one of the most exciting things for the band to do,” he explains. “It’s really refreshing, and it’s like playing a brand new gig. No matter how many times you practice or hear the recording, it doesn’t match the feeling that you get when you play the songs live. We’re definitely more comfortable playing those songs now and they are taking on a new life when we play them. It’s like a new energy, and it’s really exciting.“
Undoubtedly, You Me At Six have had the unique experience of being able to reach thousands of people, across the world through their music – achieving huge amounts of success for a band of young musicians; something that the guitarist takes time to reflect on.
“It’s one of those things really. It’s like, when it’s happening, you don’t really have time to look back and reflect. It’s only when you’ve been on the road for six or seven months, and you finally get home, that you often just take a moment to sit back and think about what you’ve done.”
In saying that, for the band to see how far they have come since 2007 – how many lives they’ve reached, how many people they’ve met or experiences they have had – it seems natural to ask Chris how he hopes You Me At Six will be remembered in the future, 20 or 30 years from now.
“I think we’d just want our music to be timeless; to just carry on and still be relevant.”
“A lot of people have different reactions to our music. A song can have 20 different meanings to 20 different people. So, as long as people can find something in the music, then that’s awesome. If it helps them in whatever point in their life or if it just makes them happy, then we’ve done our job. There’s no point in having music that doesn’t connect with people.”
Many thanks to Chris for taking the time to chat to us. You can check out the full tour details at: https://pushtofire.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/news-you-me-at-six-announce-australian-tour/