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The 1975 / January 2019 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Arguably Manchester’s biggest pop band of the moment The 1975 will be releasing their third album in November. You can get your mitts on ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ from Dirty Hit Records starting on the 30th of November. Naturally, the band will be touring the UK in support of their new record, but they’ve decided to wait until the start of next year to begin the UK leg of their campaign. Support for these shows will come from their buddies Pale Waves and no rome. Tickets to the following tour dates will go on sale next Friday, the 21st of September at 9 AM. Check out the video for ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’, starring a platinum blond Matty Healy no less, at the bottom of this post. We’ve written a fair bit on The 1975 here on TGTT, including this Bands to Watch piece back in 2012 that I’m pretty proud of, and you can read through all of our articles on the band through here.

Wednesday 9th Jan 2019 – Belfast SSE Arena
Saturday 12th Jan 2019 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Monday 14th Jan 2019 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 16th Jan 2019 – Brighton Centre
Friday 18th Jan 2019 – London O2
Monday 21st Jan 2019 – Exeter Westpoint
Wednesday 23rd Jan 2019 – Birmingham Arena
Thursday 24th Jan 2019 – Manchester Arena
Friday ii25th Jan 2019 – Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

 

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.

 

T in the Park 2016: Saturday Roundup

 
By on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

Following the festival’s disastrous relocation to Strathallan Castle last year, the organisers of T in the Park were keen to reassure fans that this year’s event on the castle grounds would be different. However, by Friday morning, news had surfaced of two deaths and the theft of a cash machine from the main arena, so I was feeling apprehensive before I even arrived. While I was not present in 2015 to comment on how much the layout or travel to and from the festival has been improved, I felt there was still issues. The unnecessary walk from where we arrived to the actual entrance was lengthy and needless, as I was not searched once on the way. However, I was excited to have finally arrived to see what Tin the Park was really all about.

I headed straight towards the BBC Introducing stage. I have always found that despite their boasting of a huge array of global stars, it is often the smaller tents that contain the hidden gems of festivals. I spent quite a lot of my day going in and out of this tent, discovering a few acts that I can imagine will be huge in the coming months.

Scottish native singer/songwriter and lead singer Charlotte Brimner of Be Charlotte, exhibited a captivating combination of raw hip-hop talent, combined with a beautiful and enthralling singing voice. Probably the heaviest band of the festival, Northern Ireland-based four-piece Making Monsters gave an exhilarating performance. Lead singer Emma Gallagher’s explosive vocal and presence onstage is something to be marvelled at, as she moves with ease from deep guttural growls to soaring melodies.

Winner of the illustrious Brits Critics’ Choice and BBC Sound of 2016 polls Jack Garratt has had an impressive year. Taking to the main stage at T in the Park, his mash-up version of Justin Timberlake and Craig David’s ‘Senorita / 7 Days’ was a highlight of his set, making both songs his own while also showing his endless flair for crafting songs. His performance was impeccable, a faultless act by a raw troubadour talent and an electronic magician. Moving around the stage with vigour, he moves with ease from each instrument including drums and guitar as he has evidently mastered more than one craft.

Rapper Tinie Tempah pulled what seemed to be the largest crowd daytime on Saturday, playing smash hits such as ‘Pass Out’ to a very excitable crowd. Having previously seen Tinie perform with a full band, I found it disappointing that the rapper was only backed by a DJ for his performance at T in the Park. While it was an extremely enjoyable performance, I felt something was lacking in the form of a band accompaniment which could have added to his performance. Despite this, the audience hung on the rapper’s every word, proving he’s the perfect midday act to set the tone for Day 2 at the festival.

It was about half way through the day that Biblical-style rain descended upon the festival, making this year’s T in the Park one of the muddiest festivals I have ever attended. The grounds became so bad that it was difficult to make my way across to other stages and at one point, I even wrapped my feet in plastic bags. After hiding from the rain for what seemed forever, underneath anything that would cover me, I made my way towards the other side of festival. Playing the Radio 1 stage ahead of the release of their sixth album were the Kaiser Chiefs, who proved that they are still able to pull a huge crowd. After the last few weeks of political unrest and in the wake of Brexit, the band’s song ‘Angry Mob’ gave fresh resonance to the lyrics, the crowd singing along ecstatically.

I decided to stay around the Radio 1 stage for the rest of the night, as the thought of wading through the now knee-deep mud to see someone press play on the decks was unappealing. The mesmerising set of Manchester alt-rockers The 1975 (pictured at top) made for a superior alternative headline set. Lead singer Matt Healy tells the crowd that this is the first time the group have ever been asked to headline a stage at a festival, so this is a special event.

Their hit ‘Love Me’, the song that launched their new record, erupts with its smooth and Prince-esque funk. You get a real sense of a band who have fully bloomed from pop obscurity into arguably the biggest band of the year, something which is magnified by the audience’s reaction of seeing it live. The hypnotic staging with its colourful light show, alongside Healy’s undeniable presence, makes for the perfect combination. Drawing their set to a close with an encore of ‘Chocolate’, ‘The Sound’ and ‘Girls’, the band finished their set – and Saturday at T in the Park – on a high.

 

The 1975 / December 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 11th July 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Mancunian indie pop sensations The 1975 have just announced a year-ending tour of the UK, in support of their long-titled long player ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it’. The latest single from the album is the angst-ridden track ‘Somebody Else’, and its likewise lengthy new video can be viewed just below the tour date listing.

The 1975’s December tour will include two nights at the O2 Arena in London, the second of which was previously announced and has already sold out. Tickets for the remaining shows listed below will be available for fan presale on Wednesday the 13th of July, but only if you sign up for the band’s mailing list. General sale will begin on Friday, the 15th of July, at 9 AM.

TGTF’s previous coverage of The 1975 can be found here.

Tuesday 13th December 2016 – Manchester Arena
Thursday 15th December 2016 – London O2
Friday 16th December 2016 – London O2 (sold out)
Saturday 17th December 2016 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Monday 19th December 2016 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Wednesday 21st December 2016 – Bournemouth BIC
Thursday 22nd December 2016 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

[youtube]https://youtu.be/Bimd2nZirT4[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #2069: The 1975

 
By on Monday, 25th April 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

In all the post-Prince fallout, we managed to miss posting the newest video from Manchester pop rockers The 1975. Let’s rectify that right now.

‘A Change of Heart’ is taken from the North West group’s second album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’, out now on Dirty Hit Records. (Read my review of the LP here.) In the promo for the new single, frontman Matt Healy takes on a very un-pop role – as a sad circus clown with some pretty smooth moves ala Chaplin – and the band get my respect for going in an unexpected direction in this. Watch it below.

For more on the 1975 on TGTF, check out or extensive archive on the band through here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trbwqF0d7NA[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #2029: The 1975

 
By on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Last week, Manchester band The 1975 released their second album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’, the follow-up to their self-titled debut from 2013. You can read my review of the new release here.

One of the weaker songs from the LP, ‘The Sound’, has its own promo video now, and it’s interesting what they’ve done to express it visually. Like curiosities in the zoo, the band have been imprisoned in a glass box, with sociologists watching their every mood. The comments that come across, including “unconvincing emo lyrics” and “terrible high-pitched lyrics over soulless robo beats”, are exactly the kind of barbs The 1975 have had to stomach on their way to the top, and as the saying goes, “laugh, and the world laughs with you”. Watch the video for ‘The Sound’ below. ‘I like it when you sleep…’ is out now on Dirty Hit Records / Polydor.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSnAllHtG70[/youtube]

 
 
 

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