I’ve come across a lot of people over the years who deeply yearn for a time machine just to go back and revisit the good ol’ days of music. If you’re one of those people who’ve been the victim of such a heinous crime by the limitations of technology, there’s nothing to worry about. Why? Because a Manchester-based band have been rising through the underground music scene with a sound that echoes the heydays of the ’80s music scene, richly doused with their own special blend of flavour.
Their lead singer, Matt Healy, was never one to be shy away from the entertainment business as his parents are well known British actors - Denise Welch and Tim Healy. With a bit of foundation in showbiz already imbued in the band via biology, Matt and Co. have established their own brand of smoothness in their live performances which is in perfect synchronicity with the style of their music. With a sudden yin-yang aesthetic being followed, enter George Daniel - The ferociously energetic drummer whose facial expressions while at work are not for the faint of heart. With the vocals and percussion in place, bassist Ross MacDonald and lead guitarist Adam Hann complete the exquisite foursome.
A fundamental aspect of The 1975 is that they do not simply create music, they create an artistic atmosphere for each and every one of their setlist. Their fourth EP, aptly titled ‘IV’ is a prime example of their craft. Their debut single, titled ‘Sex’, is as energetic as it gets with the band applying a modern touch to the late 80s post-punk undertones which can easily be noted. Adam Hann’s heavy use of distortion is the most distinctive feature of the song that initially set them towards YouTube stardom. However, it’s their more mellowed down tracks such as ‘Haunt//Bed’ and ‘Undo’ where they’ve excelled brilliantly. The band have projected waves of auditory melancholia so intricately boxed down within the suppressed rage of pure ambiance. Lyrically though, the group have stuck towards the more standard themes of sex, drugs, intimacy, and death. However, their vision for storytelling through sound makes up for their limitations with regard to topics.
So far, the band has released four EPs with a full length eponymous album set for release on 9th September. So, for all those bustling for a wave of nostalgia, go ahead and YouTube these amazing artists.Share this post