Last year right around this time, I was up close to the phenomena that is The 1975 at Starland Ballroom. I had to admit, I knew of their 80’s infused music, but I was not quite well versed of the very enthusiastic fans that night. I mean enthusiastic in every sense of the word. While I was walking up to the famous Terminal 5 venue two hours before showtime, there was a line of people who wrapped around the block to get into a show that was sold out for months. The pretzel vendor was not nearly prepared enough for that. I’m afraid to see what the Stub hub rate was going for. The Manchester born band has their own aesthetic which is refreshing in a music scene that seems to meld together in which you can’t really tell what act is what.
Like last tour, about 15 minutes before the band was scheduled to go on, there was this ambient music that played in the background as fans hugged the front barricade for dear life. You always have to prepare for that last-minute “push” to the front. As the music changed its pitch, the lights illuminated into TV static. From then, pink lights helped set the tone for the band to play their first single off their forthcoming album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, “Love Me”.
The song is a hit and every fan threw back the lyrics right at lead singer Matthew Healy who is as charismatic as they come. There were a few funny moments where he posed and vogued for us photographers. You have to love artists who interact with every part of their show – I think people forget that we are fans as well. Instead of having one square light in the back of the stage, there were three on top of the stage that changed colors and moved as well.
There’s a song in particular that I want to highlight that will be on their upcoming album. It’s called “Somebody Else” which is a quasi-R&B, pop number that I feel will be one of the biggest songs not only on the album, but of 2016. It just has the perfect groove where Healy sings about the push-pull relationship where you may not want to be with a person, but you don’t necessarily want them to end up with someone other than you. The band of course played hits off their first self-titled album like “Chocolate” and “Robbers”. Very few shows command your full attention in the hyperactive, short focus span world that we reside in. The 1975 are back continuing their retro and genuine take on music now. It’s if they took a time machine back to the 1980’s and soaked up the best parts about that time adding their personal touch.