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The 1975: The Story So Far

Did you know that the foursome made up of Matthew (Matty) Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel all began playing together when they were still in school in 2002? A massive decade before they broke into the industry.

The four lads studied together at Wilmslow High School. Back then, however, they didn’t have the band name. In fact, they went through five or six different names, including the likes of the Bigsleep and Me; and You Versus Them, before they settled on a name. Another fun fact is that Matty is the son of well known actress, Loose Woman and Celebrity Big Brother star, Denise Welsh.

Attracting attention from radio

The band released their first EP ‘Facedown‘ in the summer of 2012 and soon after their debut single ‘The City’ reached the ears of BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens.

Later that year, ‘Sex,’ the single from their second EP caught the attention of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. Following a tour on both sides of the Atlantic thereafter, The 1975 found chart success in the new year when ‘Chocolate’ reached #19 in the Official UK Singles Chart.

To continue with their promotion, they ended up supporting legends in the music industry including Muse and the Rolling Stones.

‘Chocolate’ has amassed over 28 million views on YouTube.

Their debut self-titled album was released on September 2, and hit number one in the album charts, thus cementing their hold on the UK’s music scene.

Singles that followed included ‘Girls,’ ‘Settle Down,’ ‘Robbers’ and ‘Heart Out’. What must be said about their introduction is that their style wasn’t anything like the charts at that time.

In fact, ‘popular’ music that was reaching number one at the time was the likes of Katy Perry’s ‘Prism,’ One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ and Lady Gaga’s ‘Artpop,’ (Yes, that long ago). Very poppy records, nowhere near inline with the boys’ electro style of making music. The 80s riffs have come back into fashion in the charts now, but the 1975 had to walk so the current stars could run.

After years of extensive touring around the world, the band’s millions of fans were left devastated in the summer of 2015 when their social media accounts were made blank. “Did they break up?” There was huge speculation before, days later, they announced that their new music was ready.

Then came critical acclaim

Months later, their first single from their sophomore album, ‘Love Me,’ was released, shortly followed by ‘UGH!’ and ‘The Sound.’ The latter single is the band’s highest charted single to date (#15) and was performed on the 2017 Brit Awards.

Tweets slating the band were played on screen whilst they performed at The BRIT Awards 2017, making audience think that the producers of the show had made a huge mistake.

It was a successful night at the BRITs though, as they won Best British Group and their second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It’ was nominated for British Album of The Year, losing out to David Bowie’s posthumous album ‘Blackstar.’

Their second album topped the charts once again, before revealing that their new album would be titled ‘Music For Cars.’


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However, the title was scrapped and they decided that they would have a ‘Music For Cars’ era instead, releasing two albums in the space of six months. It seems they couldn’t wait to bang out the tunes.

‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ was released last month, becoming the band’s third consecutive #1 album and has spawned singles like ‘Give Yourself A Try,’ ‘TooTimeTooTimeTooTime’ and ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You.’ Their fourth album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ will be released on May 31.

The 1975 will perform at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Wednesday 9th January 2019. Support will be Pale Waves & No Rome.

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