The 1975 are an English rock band originating from Wilmslow, Cheshire. The group consists of Matthew Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Adam Hann (lead guitar), Ross MacDonald (bass), and George Daniel (drums).
The band’s origins trace to them attending Wilmslow High School and playing together as teenagers in 2002. Gigs organized by a council worker led the band to formally sign as The 1975. Their choice of name was inspired by a Jack Kerouac beat poetry book. They eventually signed a record deal after their success with Dirty Hit and Polydor.
They have released four EPs and two albums. Their self-titled debut was released on 2 September 2013 through Dirty Hit and Polydor, topping the UK Albums Chart on 8 September. Their second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it was released on 26 February 2016, topping both the UK Chart and the US Billboard 200.
The 1975—-Coming out of the darkness with a lush and textured sound, this short intro does not even try to do the rest of the release justice. This is just a slight taste of the beauty and brilliance about to come.
Love Me—-With staccato guitars and a schizo synth line, this will bring to your memory the best of the 80’s pop and experimentation’s. At times, this band reminds me of early INXS so much….this has an underlying funk to it reminiscent of Prince, but still maintains a rock appeal as well. This is fabulous!
UGH!—-Bringing yet more funk with a rock sensibility that makes me think of Maroon 5, this has a bit of something for everyone. the synth lines are so 80’s inspired but yet the vocal delivery is smooth and you can catch every word. This has a dance element but still remains true to the direction the band laid with it’s previous release. This is an album of the year…hands down.
A Change Of Heart—-Changing direction and sound at the drop of a dime, this arrangement and song are lush and layered with an emotional feel that makes you want to press repeat over and over. The vocal reminds me of early Alison Moyet almost….the lyrics are stark and beautiful and the delivery is wrought with emotion…this is just beautiful.
She’s American—-Again delivering a slight mellow feel at the onset, this track opens up with a throwback 80’s sound that makes you want to pull out all your old records. The guitars are understated but instrumental to the groove of the song. This is magnificent….I can’t wait for more from this band.
If I Believe You—-An odd intro opens up into a mellow vocal that is so beautifully smooth it reminds you of the best of everyone. The music is, for the most part, lush and layered with occasional effects popping up here and there….giving the song an unpredictable direction. The backdrop of almost choir vocals give you a feeling of sadness and reverence. This is fantastic.
Please Be Naked—-A slow and almost mysterious build up as the song emerges from darkness and airy sounds into a stark and lonely piano. The lush sound of the backdrop effects give the song such an air of loneliness and sadness…..a slow burning hum running through the backdrop of the instrumentation. At times, this instrumental threatens to become noisy and belligerent…..but it never looses the mood it created with the very first note.
Lostmyhead—-Almost a continuation of the previous track, the intro of this song slowly opens up to a noisier instrumentation. The vocal is sweet and breezy…..stuck midway between the guitar fuzz and the low dark hum that runs through the entire song. This is layered with sound…giving you every emotion you can imagine. Just beautiful. This track has a very English Shoe-gaze sound to it.
The Ballad Of Me And My Brain—-Again….sounding like an almost different band at the onset of this track, the odd intros this band manages are always interesting. The synth line opens up with a very laid back 80’s feel and the vocal again makes me think of Adam Levine at times….other times…it can’t be compared to anyone. This is a fantastic track…a nice break in the middle of the release from the lower mood songs and the funkier sound….wonderful.
Somebody Else—-Light and airy musically, the vocal enters with a sadness and emotional delivery that almost breaks your heart. The synth line and the very British delivery of the vocal makes me think of bands like Icehouse from way back in the day. This is beautiful…nostalgic…yet fresh…new and wonderful.
Loving Someone—-Wow…..it just seems like every single track on this release is a surprise. This has a stark instrumentation…..the vocal at the onset set way back in the mix and then suddenly becoming like a classic 90’s track from a band like Sugar Ray. The chorus returns and the stark feeling returns…making this a roller coaster of a track that leaves such a pleasant taste in your mouth you crave another bite.
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It—-Gentle synth lines and odd effects that make your headphones rattle usher in this track….sounds entering both ears at the same time layering the sound in a heavy yet beautiful texture. This is wonderful….my God…it is hard to find enough good words to describe the brilliance that makes up this band….every song is an adventure in emotion and reaction. The vocal is beautiful…stacked on top of each other…..building a huge sad sound that makes me weep but crave even more beauty. This is just incredible.
The Sound—-Returning to a more upbeat sound that breaks up the sadness of the middle of the record is a fantastic idea. This track travels at a nice funky speed that could turn any radio station on its head. This has a modern yet classic sound with a huge choir of voices delivering the melodic vocal. This is great song placement….breaks up the release wonderfully well.
This Must Be My Dream—-With a retro intro that conjures up the best of the 80’s sond, the vocal delivery is wonderfully current and reminds you where you are at this very moment. The vocal delivery is very boy band inspired…..with a nice R N’ B flavor…it is a rather addictive song…..just incredible. Nice horns make me think of so many 80’s bands…..like Spandu Ballet?
Paris—-Jaunty and fun at the onset, this has that hum that runs through the underbelly of the song…giving it a dark feel. The instrumentation is remarkable…..borrowing a bit from The Police. The vocal is very laid back and cool…..just making you feel happy and carefree…..you can almost feel the sun shining on your face.
Nana—-A beautiful acoustic guitar intro ushers in this track…followed by a pleasant and beautiful vocal that makes your heart ache….but brings a smile at the same time. This is naked and laid back…..almost silent and peaceful….I’m not sure what this track is about…but you can draw conclusions…a beautiful tribute.
She Lays Down—-With a remarkable sadness, I hear this release come to an end. The intro to this track again heavy with the sad acoustic guitar and stark and unaffected vocal. The voice is pure…sweet and without effect…just delivered straight forward with a sadness and a heaviness that sticks in your brain and makes you think about your own life and all that is happening in it. That is the true beauty of good music…it makes you think….makes you feel….makes you ache and makes you smile. This is a wonderfully delivered, masterful, genius record. GET IT!!!!
***** out of 5