It’s fair to say, 2013 has been The 1975′s year. After signing to UK indie label ‘Dirty Hit’ in 2012, they’ve gained a top 20 hit, played Glastonbury and this month opened for Bastille at the iTunes festival. Twelve months and 4 EP’s later, the bands self-titled debut album has entered the charts at number one and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The opening track of the album, ‘The 1975′, sounds like something you would find being played over the opening title sequence of a film. It’s the perfect start to the album and slowly introduces you to the bands sound. As the album progresses, there does seem to be a mixture of music styles from from the catchy pop sing a long track Chocolate to the rock anthemic sounds of latest single Sex to the instrumental film-soundtrack sounding The Encounter, however, it works together as a whole.
Lyrics on the album are honest, focusing on tales of sex, relationships and experimentation with drugs. It feels like everything that the band sing about is coming straight from the heart.
The album finishes with Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You. A ballad which almost gives listeners a chance to breath after the high energy of the album and really listen to the softer side of The 1975.
Guitar music is definitely not dead.