The 1975, gig review
At this very moment young lives are being lived out to the shiny soundtrack of The 1975. That is the way it should be with good, infectious pop music. But for those for whom that gritty eponymous year conjures thoughts of Harold Wilson and West Ham United winning the FA Cup, seeing them at first hand is strangely disconcerting rather like watching the filming of a 1980s TV commercial featuring a young band.
Perhaps this curious cinematic quality stems from singer Matthew Healy’s oft-stated admiration for the films of John Hughes – Breakfast Club, "Pretty in Pink etc. Bouncy and bold their sound is a unique evocation of styles. Springy guitars and moaning synths combine well with singer Matthew Healy’s hair-tossing stage presence and glossy vocal. Look close enough and you can probably see whatever influences you want in there – the Blow Monkeys, Maroon 5, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran even.
The set lost a little pace with technical fiddling between songs and the slower numbers worked with varying effect although fallingforyou has the hallmarks of an enduring classic alongside more obvious contenders for posterity such as "Chocolate", "The City and Sex".
It is just a short bus ride from the band’s well-heeled home town of Wilmslow to Manchester’s Academy - a place Healy pointed out, where he and the lads had spent much time in attendance whilst trying their luck in teenage bands. Emerging amid the geometric lights and swirling dry ice on that stage on the first stop on a European and American tour, a number one debut album already under their belt, must have felt like a triumph.
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Sek, k'athjilari! (That’s “yes, definitely” to non-native speakers).TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 5 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'
Doctor Who, Flatline - review: Clara isn’t half bad as the Time Lord
Downton Abbey review series 5, episode 5: Period drama falls disappointingly flat
Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' on Antiques Roadshow by Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt is intriguing as unsympathetic war hero
Star Wars Episode 7 has almost finished filming
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments