Album Review: You Had Me At Hello – Take It Off EP

After forming in 2009 You Had Me At Hello already have a lot under their belt. The four-piece have supported the likes of Army of Freshman, Lethal Bizzle and Marmozets to name but a few and were lucky enough to record in Calfornia, later appearing at SXSW and performing at numerous venues in Texas. ‘Take It Off’ is the bands debut EP.

The tracks on ‘Take It Off’ are catchy, they’re fun but there are some areas of improvement. The EP has a very American feel which is where their apparent influences come from: fans of pure pop-punk bands like Blink182 and The Offspring should definitely check out You Had Me at Hello; however being a UK band I would have enjoyed hearing a British take on their pop-punk sounds.

‘Say It Ain’t Much’ is a highlight of the EP, slowing down and showing the world what the band are capable of. There feels to be much more emotion in this track and there are evidently more notes than chords played throughout the song, even including a guitar solo and confirming that You Had Me at Hello are a talented band.

Without a doubt the other songs on ‘Take It Off’ express the bands talent but some faster sections of tracks could be tightened up to create a clear sound for the listener. This will improve with time I’m sure and considering this is their debut release You Had Me at Hello should be very proud of their work.

The band is definitely heading in the right direction, they just need some time to tighten their sound and differentiate themselves in the pop punk scene.


‘Take It Off’ by You Had Me At Hello is released on June 4th.

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Words by Hannah Gillicker


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