The Manchester four-piece have amorphous drifts between brooding art rock, crisp electronica, dance floor R&B, and 80’s gloss pop, as well as lead singer Matthew Healy’s stories of lust, intoxication, and the unabashed grittiness of modern youth. Common themes in their lyrics range anywhere from religious confusion to sexual fluidity.
The 1975 consists of Matthew Healy (vocals/guitar, son of Denise Welch and Tim Healy), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass).
They got their band name after Matthew Healy was given a book that was previously used as a diary when he was 19 years old. One of the dates written within the book was 1 June the 1975. The name stuck with him as the use of the word ‘“the” was intriguing to him.
The band was named the hardest working band by NME in 2014. They began touring in 2012, and in just 2014 alone, they played 195 shows in 29 different countries – for two straight years, they played over 400 shows across the globe.
Their self-titled debut took the world by storm. In June of 2015, the band “re-invented” themselves and released images of their logo reflecting a pink shade of color, as opposed to their typical black-and-white aesthetic that they’re known for. Nearly a year later, they dropped their sophomore record I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, rekindling and thereby amplifying their international domination.