The 1975 are a band that knew what they were doing when they released their debut self-titled album and employed a few things that will never go out of style: sex, chocolate, black and white imagery and 1980s pop music. Obviously, these are a few universal things that get people’s attention, seeing as the four Manchester boys are touring all over the world this year.
At first listen, a few of The 1975’s tracks could sound like a remix of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The album, with it’s dreamy, upbeat, repetitive pop feel, is impossible to listen to without a bit of toe-tapping, if not all out dancing. “Sex” and “Chocolate” are two of the most popular songs, and the rest of the albums never strays far from these song’s safe mechanics. The band sticks to the black and white visually, through their media, but the music is quite colorful.
Much of the record emphasizes the human nature to fall in love and the confusion that often tags along with it. You may listen to all 16 tracks without realizing there has been a change of song up until the very last, “Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You,” which introduces an entirely different style. As opposed to the electronic, synthesized tones that fill the space behind their guitars throughout, the finale is a heart-felt, soft piano ballad.
Singer and guitarist, Matthew Healy’s accented tone is sure to have U.S. girls swooning, aside from the love centric lyrics. Healy is backed up by ‘80s punk attired Adam Hann on guitar, Ross MacDonald on bass and George Daniel on drums. These boys have taken nostalgia for the past and transformed it, musically, in a way that even those of us not around for the good old days can fall in love again.
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