Thursday, February 5, 2015

The 1975 in Manila

Words by Kix Suarez
Photos by Kris Rocha

They say love is so much sweeter the second time around. I guess it’s true but you know love can be very complicated and some people actually just like the drama that comes with it. So maybe, I should stop rambling about that and get through this review in one piece. 

Last January 24, 2015, Manila was treated to a one night only show by none other than The 1975.  It was almost a year ago when they played 4 jam-packed shows at 4 Ayala Malls in 2 days to a crowd that left them all awestruck.  Everyone was screaming at the top of their lungs! As to why they were wailing as loud as they could, I’d like to think it was because they couldn’t handle the disbelief that finally they were face to face with the Manchester based band.

Manila’s The 1975 fans are probably the best there is. It was because of the 4 shows and the fans that waited patiently in a sweaty sardine-like pit that they knew they had to come back. 

The group consisting of Matt Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums, backing vocals) and Ross MacDonald (bass) landed in Manila on Friday after a long flight from New Zealand to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Manila. Tired and probably with the slightest clue of the concept of time, of they went to a slew of press cons and meet and greets. Right off the hangar and straight on to the grind. 

They still can’t believe how everything has changed in almost just a year or two.  They have released four EPs, while their self-titled debut album was released on September 2, 2013 through Dirty Hit/Polydor. The album debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart after just 6 days (September 8, 2013). Since then, the band has toured internationally and has played the biggest festivals around the world including SXSW and Coachella festival. 

The night of the concert, the line in to the Mall of Asia Arena felt like the Pope’s visit only everyone was in black from head to toe (and thankfully without guns hidden under their petticoats). From Jake Cuenca to James Reid, to international school students to the confused emo, everybody was eager to get in to the venue. Everyone was hoping to secure a good spot to see the boys go all out.

As expected, it was a killer of a show. Manila’s fans showed their love and adoration for the band by making as much noise as they could making it even for the band to hear themselves on stage. They played all their hits. Opening with The City they went straight to Milk, M.O.N.E.Y., So Far (It’s Alright), She Way Out, An Encounter, Settle Down, Heart Out, Pressure, Me, fallingforyou, You, HNSCC, Menswear and Girls.

After a short break, Matty took the stage for an emotional rendition of Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You with only but a song, a piano and the saxophone. Medicine shortly followed and Robbers as well. They picked up the pace by suddenly dropping their biggest hit, Chocolate and eventually ending the show with the song that started it all – Sex (which also I guess you could describe the experience of seem them live again.)

THE 1975 Live in Manila is presented by MMI Live, Ovation Productions and Viva Live!


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