British rockers You Me At Six have been smashing out tunes for the past decade, and their latest album Night People is rammed with power-packed rock anthems. From sensitive ballads like ‘Take On The World‘ to gutsy thrashers like ‘Swear‘, Night People speaks to all people, day and night.
But what makes YMAS stage ready?
Ahead of their highly anticipated Aussie tour later this month, we asked guitarist Max Helyer to share his favourite songs to rock out to. Featuring everything from Rage Against The Machine to Frank Ocean – it’s an interesting list.
Beastie Boys – ‘Sabotage’
I think anyone can recognise this song from the second it starts, the bass line and the feel of the song just makes you want to party and go out for a mad night out.
Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Little Sister’
Probably one of my favourite songs of theirs, again another song that has unique points that makes you remember the song, from the cowbell to the slick guitar lead line. A great upbeat song to get you in the mood for a night out.
Mura Masa – ‘Love$ick’ (feat. A$AP Rocky)
A fairly new song from a British producer, a feel good song that I’ve been playing all summer long, and who doesn’t love a bit of A$AP?
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Arabella’
One of my favourites from their last record AM, very excited to hear what this band does next. Love the Black Sabbath ‘War Pigs’ vibe that this song has.
DJ Shadow – ‘Nobody Speak’ (feat. Run The Jewels)
I think if you haven’t heard this song before you should go and watch the video, very well shot with some funny moments considering it’s about politics. The song however just makes you want to bounce!
Rage Against The Machine – ‘Guerilla Radio’
A classic in my opinion, was listening to the battle of Los Angeles recently and this song just makes you want to jump up out of your seat and have a mosh. If only this band could get back together right now.
Jay Z and Kanye West – ‘No Church In The Wild’
Again another record I went back to recently and forgot how good it was. Watch the throne will be looked at as one of the best collaboration albums of our time, and this song sets the scene perfectly.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – ‘Fortunate Son’
As a rock band I couldn’t forget some old classic tunes. Probably the most well known CCR song but for the right reasons, a great sing along and you everyone is going to be getting their air guitar out for this song.
Portugal The Man – ‘Feel It Still’
A new song this year that has blown up in America, the minute I hear this I was grooving all the way till the end. A feel good song that has been a perfect summer jam.
Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
One of my favourite songs of last year, has so many different elements and feels across this song that makes it exciting to listen to. A great mix of modern music with old school funk / soul / psycadellic music.
The Killers – ‘The Man’
Probably one of the best come back singles I’ve heard in a long long time. The vocals are super catchy that you will be singing the chorus the second time round. The music is exciting and has tons of elements you want to listen more and more. One of the best songs of 2017.
Frank Ocean – ‘Pyramids’
A big fan of the record channel ORANGE, and this is one of the stand out tracks from it. The minute the main hook kicks in everyone will be shaking their hips to this.
Gary Clark Jr – ‘Numb’
A big blues rock riff, saw this guy live a few years ago and was one of the most exciting guitarist I’ve seen in a long time. Modern day Jimi Hendrix in my opinion
The Streets – ‘Blinded By The Lights’
An old English classic, coming towards the end of the night you know you can stick this song on and people will be singing a long to it!
Marvin Gaye – ‘Inner City Blues’
Got really in soul music recently and considering this song is from the first ever concept album ever made I wanted to pick a song that wasn’t the obvious choice from Marvin Gaye.
You Me At Six are bringing the noise down the east coast later this month. Catch them in Brisbane on September 22, Sydney on September 23 and Melbourne on September 24.