Bands & Bops: The 1975
Music’s a bit good, isn’t it?
I don’t think about it too much, because when something is such a prevalent thing in your life, you don’t, do you? But music is one of those things that’s just intrinsically human. We took sound and said “Now let’s make it so that it releases serotonin and we move our bodies about to it.”
After running a poll on Twitter, I want to diversify my blog content with other things I love. While music is a big topic and can probably very easily be written about on a blog all on it’s own, I wanted to at least dip my toe into music blogging. I love bands, specific songs, genres, singers and songwriters, and I want to share that with you. Just share a pure love of something, and how much it means to me.
For my first blog post, I want to discuss one of my favourite bands; The 1975.
The 1975 first started in Manchester, UK which is, incidentally, where my family is from. I’ve never considered the band’s sound to be one that automatically makes me think of Manchester, not like Oasis and The Stone Roses for example, but I like to say that they’re from there because I am also from there. By proxy, anyway.
But what genre are they? Well, I would say rock/pop, but alternative, techno, electropop, and dance-rock all work too. They’re fun, but also loud, and angry and sad and have a lot of things to say. But you can also jump around and have fun, or cry and think about life. Their music really is a mixed bag.
How did my love for The 1975 begin?
I think the most popular answer is ‘I heard the song Chocolate.’ Yes, we all heard the song chocolate. I remember when it was in the charts and thinking ‘this is fun’ and then I moved on with my life. I like the song, most people do, but it hadn’t quite sunk in yet that this was a band worth listening to. Which sucks, I should have found them sooner.
It wasn’t until they announced their second album that I started paying attention. They only had one album for a start, easy!
But I don’t think I really understood just what I would be listening to.
All of The 1975’s albums are a mixture of slow ballads and upbeat bops. It’s strange listening to the album in order, but also an emotional roller coaster. All of the albums are, and they release something ethereal out of your soul. I’m not joking. From long synth sounds to echos to harrowing notes from Matty Healy’s incredible vocal range, these albums have ripped me apart.
And don’t get me started on the lyrics.
Sure, most of the songs are about love, but in recent years, the band have discussed struggles with drug use, politics and current affairs, and internet culture. I have a habit of not listening to lyrics properly, so when I do, I’m blown away by what this band talks about.
And the concerts. Oh my gooooood.
I have now been to two (and a bit) of their gigs. My first ever was during a day trip to Reading Festival in 2016. My friends and I had gone there primarily to see Fall Out Boy. But I was excited to see The 1975 for a bit before we had to get the last train home. We saw them on a TV outside of the tent for only half an hour, and as soon as I got home, I checked to see if they were touring. And they were!
The next concert was December 2016. I booked a hotel in Cardiff so we had no worry about catching trains. All I remember is screaming “That was a religious experience!” to my friend and perhaps crying.
Most recently, I saw them in January 2019, promoting their most recent album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’. We travelled to The O2 (the first time I had been there since I was 10 and it was called The Millennium Dome). While we almost missed them due to a friend suddenly becoming ill, we made it into the arena and danced our hearts out.
A. religious. experience.
And now for the fun part! The 1975 are one of those bands where I love almost every single song, but I still want to share some of my most absolute favourite songs that speak to me. Or at least make my soul leave my body.
Of course, I urge you to listen to as much of their stuff as possible. Picking my favourite songs of theirs feels like picking my favourite children. But I did it for you, you’re welcome.
If you love The 1975, let me know what your favourite songs are, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the first blog post of my new series ‘Bands & Bops’. Stick around for the next post where I’ll be talking about my love for a band who is now just one beautiful, beautiful man (and bonus points if you can guess who I’m talking about in the comments).