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October 9, 2016
By Cailey Gleeson
The 1975 may just be a band—or an odd way to phrase a year for those unaware of their music—but to many they are so much more.
As embarrassing as it is to admit, I was first exposed to The 1975 after Harry Styles tweeted lyrics from their hit song “Chocolate” in 2013. Even though this was still relatively before they reached global success, I still wish I would’ve discovered their music much sooner.
From the moment they made their way onto my playlists, The 1975 have spoken to me on a different level. Their music makes me fall in love with the idea of falling in love—but is also there to pick up the pieces when my heart gets broken.
Aside from the music, the emphasis on aesthetics is another aspect of the band that I find especially intriguing.
Their self-titled debut album was accompanied by a particular black and white theme that appealed to the universal Tumblr aesthetic that countless teens strive towards. In sharp contrast, “I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” not only ushered in seventeen new songs, but the introduction of an entirely new aesthetic—pastel pink.
One would think that it would be nearly impossible to pull off such a change, but the juxtaposition of the eras was accomplished with such ease that it was almost supernatural.
If their music and aesthetically pleasing image weren’t enough, the ways in which they treat their supporters is simply beautiful.
Each of the band members genuinely care about every one of their fans. In countless interviews, they have mentioned that they are eternally grateful for those who support them. As opposed to many other artists, the members of The 1975 actually keep the gifts they receive from fans and read through the countless letters in which their supporters have poured their hearts out to them.
Every time they have toured since their debut on American charts, tickets have always tragically sold out within minutes and I was always a second too late while purchasing. Needless to say, the inability to see them caused me to feel like my years of unwavering support were in vain—but that all changed this past summer.
Through extensive research—ranging from Reddit threads to other completely reputable sources—I learned that The 1975 would be performing at the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza and scrambled to get tickets the minute they were released to the public.
Whether it was pure luck or some divine force at work, the night before their Lollapalooza performance consisted of running into none other than front man Matty Healy and saxophonist John Waugh—which was hands-down the best experience of my life.
While I may have only seen the performers at their designated stage and missed out on the full “Lolla experience” on the day I attended the festival, the eight hours of queuing near the barricade in anticipation for their set completely paid off. Finally being able to attend a live show caused me to fall deeper in love with their music—and I didn’t think that was possible.
In short, there is just inexplicable element surrounding their concerts that make you feel so alive. It could be the pulsating neon lights that illuminate the venue, but it might also be the spectacular music that doesn’t waver from the quality of the recorded versions. Whatever it may be, it must be known that every member of the band puts their heart and soul into every performance.
Their festival performance was nothing short of incredible, but the intimate setting of their House of Blues gig the following night will be forever ingrained in my memory.
Healy once said, “All these kids at the moment are living out their lives soundtracked to The 1975.”
I’m one of those kids—and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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