As a pre-teen I was a sucker for boybands with One Direction, McFly and JLS plastered on the walls of my bedroom (still no shame) but I never found that same connection with The 1975 until now…
In 2013 when The 1975’s self-titled debut album was released my next door neighbour and best friend Megan listened to it on repeat. She became a fangirl and created a dedicated a Twitter account to share her love for it. I however listened to it several times and found each track too similar and somewhat repetitive and I couldn’t quite resonate with Matty Healy’s egotistic direction.
I reluctantly got on board with ‘Love Me’ and ‘The Sound’ in 2015 which were marginally more colourful when comparing them to ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Sex’ and I think I had more pain when sharing my opinions with fangirls than with the musicians themselves. That was up until I went to university and The 1975 were overplayed in one of my favourite clubs Rock City, so my visits there were often cut short.
Yet amongst all of this it is Matty Healy that I admire. He recognised his fans deep relationship with social media and how it makes them insecure. The 1975’s third album delves into post-modern issues which have yet to be addressed so delicately in pop music specifically. Stylistically, I enjoy the long album titles which make reporting on it more difficult for the media a somewhat rebellion for Matty Healy once again.
Although it boasts itself for its originality, the album has its pitfalls (despite its hype from teenagers across the world). With songs with blatant reference (and no recognition) to Radiohead’s ‘Fitter Happier’ versus The 1975’s ‘The Man Who Married A Robot’ or to Burial’s ‘Archangel’. The album also has a tendency to use break points consisting of emotional acoustic guitar or ‘Ed Sheeran-esque’ tracks which add no real purpose to push the rest of the post-modern Siri infused album.
In all honesty, I like the shift in style most likely caused by boredom in the pop/rock genre and their ability to branch out with all of their followers dwindling behind. Its comment on modern society and current politics offer an insightful take needed for young audiences in a confused nation and I find myself agreeing with Healy’s comments on Trump and the Me Too movement.
‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ follows the pretentious nature of Matty Healy which entail makes this album more alluring. Although, I’m still not certain whether people like this music because they know it’s by The 1975 or if they genuinely think it’s *that* good. I only expect their 2019 album ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ to be more experimental and to discuss our nations current downfall more deeply… perhaps?
Peace and love,