the 1975

Review: The 1975, The Brighton Centre, Weds 16 Jan 2019

There is no denying that 1975 are at the peak of their career, and as they kick of their UK tour and land in Brighton it’s not hard to see why.

Hot off the back of being nominated for a BRITT Award and after the outstanding reception of their latest album ‘A Brief Enquiry into Online Relationships’, the band led a sea of fans through a night of spectacular performance.

The band’s latest album addresses modernity, and social change, and the impact of digital media, so it’s only right to embed technology within their show as a featuring contradiction. As the crowd’s anticipation grew for the gig to begin, ‘Love Theme’ is gently filtered through the sound system; the lights go down and the show kicks off with their self titled intro ‘The 1975’ – a track that contains the same lyrics as the previous two version, but a newer arrangement. The lights go on and the band have arrived.

The audience seem to be well versed as every lyric is sung back, which is greatly received by front man Matty Healy, who addresses the crowd by thanking them. Amongst all other things, a stand out quality of Healy is his sincerity and charisma. He is earnest in every word that he utters “Thank you… all this wouldn’t be possible without you guys” he pours, his words were felt by the audience.

The 1975 have released three albums, they have crafted an alternative space for themselves in the current musical field, having the perfect blend of alt music with a graduate’s intellect. This was displayed through out the evening on huge multi-coloured screens that surrounded them. Visually the show was outstanding and included George Daniels thrashing it out on the drums all night on an elevated part of the centre stage, which was a show in itself. Dancers the ‘J twins’ accompanied Healy on some of his dance moves, adding a fun element to the night. A treadmill ran through the front of the set, and Healy’s impressive degree of nonchalance on using it is almost amusing as the prop itself. Healy used the tread mill to recreate the video of ‘Sincerity is Scary’ with Healy strolling through a back drop of New York City streets.

Never one’s to shy away from a daring act of individuality, the band cut to an instrumental of ‘How to Draw / Petrichor’ which was accompanied by a pixelated back drop, which seemed to ignite a sensory overload at one point, in the best possible way. There are moments in the show where the the emotive atmosphere is increased, with songs like ‘Me’ (a tour debut) and ‘I Like America, America Likes Me’ in which the HD screens feature clips of war, destruction and lyrics; whilst all cleverly built on the psychology of influence, by featuring familiar marketing strategies and advertisements. “kids don’t want riffles, they want Supreme” Healy sings, whilst the words and continuously flooding the towering screens, and the crowd singing back “wont you please listen” – a notable moving moment of the night.

The band revisited some of their older tracks in which Healy declares “it’s greatest hits time” and led the encore with firm favourites “Chocolate”, and acoustic version of “Be My Mistake” in which Healy is left to perform solo and ending with a full band arrangement of “The Sound” which is accompanied with criticisms of the 1975’s music, which flash on the screens behind. The show ends with the band vanishing, and a farewell from an incorporeal robotic voice, boundlessly repeating the word “goodbye”.

After an impressive night of music, fan’s of The 1975 now await in anticipation for the second part to this album ‘Notes on Conditional Form’ which is expected to be released in May 2019.

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