August 13, 2009

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You Me At Six, Take Off Your Colours
Epitaph Records, July 21

This 15-minute emo-pop darling of Kerrang-dom is admittedly moving with frenzied momentum toward… something, either (A) a permanent second-banana gig for the All Time Lows of the world, or (B) a resounding yawn as stateside response. Though they’re too hooky and mature to be lumped in with all the hand-me-down Hoobastank chaff, they’re not 100 percent wheat either — there’s a larger-than-usual quantity of good tuneage here, three or four singles worth by my math, but some of the most incendiary moments come from microwaved Matchbox Twenty by way of Good Charlotte, something Fall Out Boy, who absolutely own this space through basic adventurousness, wouldn’t ever lower themselves to doing. There’s a Goo Goo Dolls-meets-Socialburn side to them when they venture out of their boy-band hidey-hole and experiment with full vocal scales, and perhaps that’s what the limeys see in them, but at present there’s literally not one widely distinguishing characteristic as far as overall sound. Some My Chemical Romance/FOB goofs — or a drum-n-bass rinseout, compulsive sample, anything at all, really — would help immensely, story of this genre’s life. C+EWS