Words by Kix Suarez
The lovely people of Music Management International in partnership with the ever so awesome Ayala Malls are bringing in The 1975 to play at Market Market and Glorrieta on March 28 (Saturday) and Trinoma and the newly opened Fairview Terraces on March 29 (Sunday).
The English Alternative/Indie rock band from Manchester consists of Matthew Healy on vocals and guitar, Adam Hann on guitar, George Daniel on drums, and Ross MacDonald on bass. With four EPs Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars and IV under their belt, a wildly successful debut album and sold out shows in the US, Europe and Japan, we can only expect a riot of a time at their upcoming show in Manila.
The 1975’s rise to fame is such an interesting story as everything seemed to just happen organically – without expectations, with only the desire to play music and alleviate theirselves from the pangs small town boredom. Matthew Healy son of actor Denise Welch and Tim Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel met at Wilmslow High School in Manchester as teenagers and began to play music in the early 2000s.
As narrated by Healy in an interview with Gigwise: ‘There was this idealistic hippy council worker who started to put on these gigs for kids, to form bands. I remember the guitarist [Adam Hann] came up to me and said he wanted to play one of these shows. We started playing, doing covers of punk songs and pop songs and just started out doing that. Then once we eventually wrote a song, I decided, well, this is a lot better than going to work – or going to school, for that matter. We started from then and we've been making music together since we were about 15 – George was 14, actually, when we started. ‘
After performing and releasing music under various band names including Talkhouse, The Slowdown, Bigsleep,and Drive Like I Do, the band eventually settled on the name The 1975. It was under this name that the lads released such well received EPs and singles.
The 1975 managed to fuse together dark and youthful themes of sex, love, and fear with ethereal alternative rock. With early exposure to music, their influences range from Michael Jackson, Motown, and the Rolling Stones to the well-crafted experimental music of Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, and Sigur Ros. Applying their pop -influenced hooks and guitar melodies to the lush ambient backdrops that they have created Critics at Pitchfork Magazine have favourably compared them to The Big Pink. Sex EP was described by Paste as "equal parts ethereal and synth pop", with "haunting" and "smooth" vocals.
The world had gone crazy for these dudes and you, reading this, should see them play live when they come to our shores. It’s a given you’ll be bopping and dancing yourself crazy to their tunes. If not, you’re probably dead.