Friday, March 28, 2014

Welcome To Manila The 1975!

Words by Kix Suarez
Photos by Kris Rocha

And this is how it starts.

During their formative teenage years, Matthew Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel met at Wilmslow High School in Manchester. Brought about by boredom and their love for music they started making their own not really knowing where it was going to go. All they knew was they liked making music and very much liked being in each other’s company.

In an interview with Gigwise, Healy explains "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 Hann invited the members to form a band, they passed their early days covering punk songs in a local club. Healy was originally the drummer, but took over vocals after the previous singer left to start another band. Daniel was recruited as the new drummer to complete the final line-up.

It was during this time that the band found their sound and recorded the well-known hits, Chocolate and Sex. After that, it was a roller coaster of sold out gigs, festivals and constant touring in Europe, America and now Asia.

From just merely being very thankful we have to listen to these lads from Manchester to finally seeing them live in the flesh and in person. Thanks to Ayala Malls, we can finally see The 1975 play their awesome alternative pop rock tunes live.

Building up to the excitement of finally seeing them play their hits, Ayala Malls held a press conference at Fairmont Makati to introduce Matthew Healy on vocals and guitar, Adam Hann on guitar, George Daniel on drums, and Ross MacDonald on bass to the more than giddy press who were in reality big fans as well. The room filled up quick. As early as 1:30pm, members of the PRESS were led to their seat to enjoy a lovely spread of snacks and refreshments as they awaited the band’s arrival. A few games were also played with lucky winners going home with electronic GCs for their use at any establishment in the Ayala Malls! (As if it weren’t enough to be invited to the event!)

Finally the band arrives and the standard introductions were made. Not that they needed it but I guess for formality’s sake, it had to happen. Host, Myx’s very own VJ Chino Lui Pio went right to the Q and A.

Matthew and George were the most talkative. Candidly, the band entertained questions as they came from the press. The room felt more like an intimate hang out more than anything. It was as if the members of the band just wanted to share stories of how the band came to be, the way they write their music to even as casual as talking about designers and what interests them.

The press conference was more than enough to get everyone excited to see the shows today and tomorrow. For details of how to see the lads live, click this link:

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