What's the best way to get to know a British rock band? Ask them about pop songs, obviously!
No, really. The band was You Me At Six -- the handsome fivesome helping lead Britain's young rock revival. The place was MTV in New York. And why should you care? Because the group's latest album, Cavalier Youth, took England by storm when it debuted at No. 1 this January.
Their updated take on rock fits perfectly alongside the genre's mainstays, like Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park and Say Anything. After all, Cavalier Youth was produced by Neal Avron—the man who also produced for all of those popular U.S. acts.
Their latest single, "Cold Night" has an equally pleading chorus and tells the story of a love at first sight.
Now, they're determined to bring their brand of anthemic Brit rock to the U.S., too. Check out the video for "Room To Breathe" to get a sense of the band's arena-ready choruses, soaring harmonies and searing guitar hooks.
Right, but back to pop: You Me At Six are also known for their inventive takes on pop smashes like Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed." Just this year they took on Coldplay's "Magic" and gave it an awesome, acoustic remake.
So we decided to find out which songs they'd cover by pop stars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. Those adorably thick British accents and their eagerness to ham it up with dance moves meant that the answers were peppered with plenty of enthusiastically pop moves.
Maybe we can expect to see a version of the "Single Ladies" dance at one of their next shows? Fingers crossed. Watch you Me At Six break down their favorite pop songs below.