The year 1975 was an auspicious one for music; Talking Heads played their first show at CBGB, The Wiz premiered on Broadway, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" reached number one on the charts, and the Sex Pistols first formed.
For a band whose members are all under 22 and clearly never lived through 1975--never mind 1985--it's not a bad year to aspire towards. But Manchester four-piece The 1975 go a step further: They've named themselves after it.
They follow up their debut EP Facedown
with next month's Sex
, a collection of tracks that capture their knack at space-filling guitars and accent-inflected truisms. It's rock'n'roll that's meant to be played in big spaces and fill up stadiums (at least, eventually). While you wait for the November 19 release, we've got the exclusive premiere of the EP's closing track, "You."
"The song is about the dissolution of our social group--catalyzed by the behavior of a couple of ex-girlfriends. It's about that moment when you realize, Oh, that was a bit of a waste of time--but fuck it, I'm actually just as happy as I was before so no harm done," explains Matt Healy, The 1975's singer. In short the song is about, in his words, "Stop talking shit and grow up."
In fact, he has a suggestion for ways the song can influence your life: "When you're in that early phase with a girl or a boy--that phase in which coquettish, pre-coital thinking infects every part of that person and yourself. Listen to 'You' then--maybe you'll put off saying, 'I love you,' at least another day."
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
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