A huge Oasis fan, British singer Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six was dumbfounded last year when he learned that ex-Oasis leader Noel Gallagher was tracking a secret solo album at L.A.’s Sound Factory, where his band was recording its new CD, “Sinners Never Sleep” with producer Garth Richardson. But he made a mistake. He tweeted about it, ruffling the feathers of the otherwise unflappable superstar. “I didn’t really think about it, I didn’t think that people didn’t know he was recording there,” says Franceschi, glad to have escaped unscathed. YM@6’s bratty brand of U.K. punk just won the group a Kerrang Award for best British band; it’s easily one of the most propulsive outfits on the Warped Tour.
Is Twitter a plus or a minus for you now? For a band like us, it’s perfect because the majority of our fans have a Twitter account, so I think it’s a generational thing. And it’s a great way of maintaining some sort of relationship with them, because people are more demanding of what they want to know on a day-to-day basis. Then don’t want to just see a band play a show, then do an interview in a magazine — they want to know what you’re doing on your downtime and how you’re doing it.
Have you had some nice interactions on Twitter? I’ve had football players from the team that I support, Arsenal, tweet me back and have conversations with me. And I’ve met people I otherwise would never have met, just by going back and forth on Twitter. And then you’ll get fans saying things like, “Today is the anniversary of my dad dying, and hearing your song helped me through it.”
How did you get named as Coca-Cola’s Future Flames Ambassadors for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay? Again, going back to Twitter, they asked us to get involved because of the connection we had with younger people. The whole point of the Future Flames was to give young people an opportunity to be recognized for the important things they do with and around their community. So you basically nominated your peers to run with the torch. Which Dan (Flint), our drummer, actually did — he ran with the torch just before we did an Olympic show in Cardiff.
Is there a new renaissance of British rock revving up? At the moment, there are so many great young bands, like Marines and Deaf Havana. And even better, over the last six months Radio 1 is really getting behind British rock music and playing these bands on daytime radio, which is massive.
IF YOU GO
Vans Warped Tour
With You Me At Six, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, All Time Low and dozens of others
Where: AT&T Park, Lot A, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Contact: (415) 972-2000, www.warpedtoursf.eventbrite.com, www.vanswarpedtour.com