Album Review: The 1975’s Self-Titled Debut

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 at 11:21 am by
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[Photo: Gigwise.com]With CD booklets being scarce, we often find ourselves relying on shoddy lyric websites to decipher tracks. It’s always a happy surprise to discover that a band has made a proper “lyrics” page. In the case of The 1975, with their thick British accent and slang, the page is most helpful in decoding lines between their peppy harmonies.

But that’s not the only reason to like The 1975. The Manchester boys have been together since 2002; they named their band after reading “June 1, The 1975” penned on the last page of an old beat poetry book. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass). Prior to their debut, they put out four EPs: FacedownSexMusic for Cars and IV. They’re more electronic and ethereal than Jimmy Eat World, and tamer than The Big Pink. They have a chill 1980s influence that you’ll either love or not love. Think Genesis.

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Their self-titled debut is sort of an offshoot of their EPs; a few tracks have been shined up and included on the full-length. The record was co-produced by Mike Crossey, who has previously worked with Arctic Monkeys and Foals. In other words, it’s tight and crisp. Heavy on the rotation are “Sex,” “Chocolate,” and “Talk!” – three songs/things you can’t really go wrong with.

The 1975’s debut is out now on Dirty Hit/Polydor. They’ll play two sold-out gigs October 9 and 10 at the Bowery Ballroom.

Here’s their video for “Sex” – a somewhat graphic four minutes of carousing eye candy. Borderline NSFW.

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