From the city of Manchester, England, The 1975 has taken the indie rock scene by the reins. With their groovy rock/pop sound, they’re reminding listeners of a combination between UK’s Arctic Monkeys and the Kooks, but leaning more toward the latter. Lead singer Mike Healy says the band name came from a note on the back of a Beat poetry book that read “1 June, The 1975”. They’ve got a huge fan base already, as seen in their recent sporadic US shows. If you want to see them live in concert the next time they are on tour, then grab The 1975 tickets here.
This is How It All Began
Matthew Healy’s parents were both actors and he grew up in Newcastle and Cheshire. When he was in high school he met George Daniel, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald and the four of them began to play together. A council worker of their locality began to arrange gigs for the youngsters and those gigs eventually paved the way for The 1975 to be incepted in the year 2002. They started off by covering punk songs by famous bands. They soon brought George Daniel on board to complete the line-up.
Extended Plays and Debut Album
The 1975 released three EPs from 2012 to 2013 titled Facedown, IV and Music for Cars, which included their hit single “Chocolate”, a super catchy jam that you’ll want to sing along with. During summer of 2013, they supported Muse in the second half of their tour, and went on to play with The Neighborhood just a few short months after. Their support of The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in July of 2013 had to be a career-highlight for this British group by that point.
The self-titled debut album was released in September of 2013, with lead single “Sex” topping UK charts. The record was a huge critical success and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. AllMusic and The Guardian both deemed it good enough to merit four stars out of five. “The 1975” received three and a half stars out of five from Alternative Press and three out of five stars from The Independent.
The album also did very well commercially. It went on to peak at the first spot on the UK Albums Chart and went as high as the twenty eighth spot on the US Billboard 200. The record also charted in other countries like Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland and Switzerland. “The 1975” was certified platinum in the United Kingdom.
The band then went on a tour of the UK in September of 2013 and performed at events like the Freedom Festival and the iTunes Festival. Then the very next month, they decided to embark on a tour of North America which was followed by a tour across Europe in November. The 1975 then welcomed the New Year Down Under by performing in Australia and New Zealand during January of 2014. In April of the same year, they got an opportunity to perform at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the first time ever. The 1975 then went on to perform at the famous Royal Albert Hall the very same month.
The Next Album
All the band’s social media accounts were all of a sudden terminated on June 1, 2015. A comic strip had appeared on Healy’s Twitter account a day earlier which led many to speculate that the band had dissolved. That disappearing from social media did not last for too long and all their accounts reappeared the very next day with new profile pictures and cover photos. They used to be black and white but now all of a sudden, their colors had changed to light pink and white. It was all a publicity stunt and it worked.
The 1975 announced their next album “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” on October 8, 2015. They released four singles from the album even before the record itself came out. The tracks Love Me, UGH, The Sound and Somebody Else generated quite a lot of hype for the album.
“I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” hit the music stores on February 26, 2016 and turned out to be a bigger hit than its predecessor. It went on to peak at the first spot on both the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart. The album also went to the first spot on the US Top Alternative Albums and the US Top Rock Albums charts. The record also charted in Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Norway, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia among other countries. It went gold in both the UK and the US.
It received a lot of critical acclaim too. AllMusic, The Guardian and Q Magazine all gave it four stars out of five. Rolling Stone gave it three stars out of five while the album received three and a half stars out of five from Slant Magazine.
“I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” also made it to Alternative Press’ list of “The 30 Best Albums of 2016,” the Billboards list of “The 50 Best Albums of 2016,” NME’s list of “NME’s Albums of the Year 2016” and Rolling Stone’s list of “The 50 Best Albums of 2016” among various other end of year lists.
The 1975 Tour Tickets
The 1975 have announced that their next album will be coming out in 2018. The name of the album is “Music for Cars” which is a throwback to their EP of the same name that came out in 2013. There is a big chance that they will also hit the road soon to support the record. If that happens to be the case, then expect demand for The 1975 tour tickets to go through the roof. It will be another road trip to remember by one of the biggest musical acts to come out of the UK in recent years.