Single Review: The 1975 – Give Yourself a Try

By on Monday, 18th June 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Lily Cresswell

After a long wait for patient fans, spurred on only by the occasional cryptic Tweets and Instagram posts, The 1975’s single ‘Give Yourself a Try’ is finally here. The single is the first teaser for their third album ‘A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships’, which is due to be released in October. But was it worth the wait?

At first, the tune has the promise to be the song of the summer. The upbeat distorted guitar, driven by a straightforward beat, is bright and simple, so it’s easy to imagine dancing to this at a festival in the height of summer. The vocals enter and suddenly, a different tone is set. Matt Healy has changed up his usual vocal tone with a harsher edge; and combined with the American twang he has adopted, he’s created a Noughties’ pop-punk vibe. This differs from the softer, over reverbed vocals heard on tracks like ‘Paris’. Little vocal development occurs across the track, with Healy sounding unenthused for the entire 3 minutes and 17 seconds. The instrumental accompaniment is also lacklustre and basic, and it must be relatively boring for the rest of the band play. However, on a more positive note, you can’t help but be drawn in by the catchy guitar hook, which stands out due to the lack of any other interesting accompaniment.

Lyrically, ‘Give Yourself a Try’ seems to throw itself at every issue you could find on a millennial’s twitter feed. From depression to drug addiction and the lack of ‘context in a modern debate’, Healy slips through them all, line after line. This is reiterated in the video where we see Healy lying on a therapist’s chaise longue, speaking vaguely on personal identity issues. On one hand, it is progressive to be tackling such issues in a pop song. But on the other, this seems rather forced. Are the 1975 really bothered about these issues, or are they simply trying desperately to appeal to the millennial audience?

Overall, The 1975 are clearly aiming for a new sound and in this area, they are successful, as ‘Give Yourself a Try’ is undeniably different from previous releases. Despite this, the new single is disappointing, and although driven by its hook that gives the track the promise of excitement, the vocals and surrounding accompaniment falls flat, leaving the track miles away from matching the brightness of Healy’s new hair.

6/10

‘Give Yourself a Try’ is out now on Polydor and Dirty Hit Records. The single is taken from The 1975’s third album, ‘A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships’, which is set to be released in October 2018.

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