The 1975 are a British rock band formed in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums, backing vocals), and Ross MacDonald (bass).
They have released four EPs, while their self-titled debut album was released on 2 September 2013 through Dirty Hit/Polydor. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK Albums Chart on 8 September 2013. The band has toured internationally and also played the 2014 Coachella festival.
Matthew Healy (b. 8 April 1989), the son of actors Denise Welch and Tim Healy, grew up in Newcastle and Manchester. He met Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel at Wilmslow High School near Manchester as teenagers and began to play music in 2002. The band formed when the local council worker organised a number of gigs for teenagers. Healy found Hann who "came up to (him) and said he wanted to play one of these shows". The band began by playing a number of covers until they "eventually wrote a song," according to Healy. "We started from then and we've been making music together since we were about 15." After Hann invited the members to form a band, they passed their early days covering punk songs in a local club. Healy was originally the drummer, but took over vocals after the previous singer left to start another band. George Daniel was recruited as the new drummer to complete the final line-up.
The release of the band's first EP, titled Facedown, in August 2012 saw the band's first UK airplay on national radio with lead track "The City", which was also featured as part of a BBC Introducing show with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.
The 1975 once again garnered national radio attention in late 2012, with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe championing their single "Sex" from the Sex EP, which was released on 19 November 2012. They embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland which extended into early 2013, before beginning a US tour in the spring.
Upon the release of Music for Cars EP on 4 March 2013, The 1975 found mainstream chart success with their single "Chocolate", which reached the 19th spot in the UK singles chart. On 20 May 2013 the band released IV EP, which included a new version of the song "The City". The track charted in UK and received airplay in several other countries.
The 1975 toured extensively to support the releases and to build hype before releasing the debut album. The band supported Muse on the second leg of The 2nd Law World Tour at the Emirates Stadium in London on 26 May 2013. They also toured with The Neighbourhood in the United States in June 2013, and supported The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park on 13 July 2013. In August 2013, the band performed on the Festival Republic Stage at 2013 Reading and Leeds Festivals.
In a feature article about the band, Elliot Mitchell of When the Gramophone Rings wrote that releasing a string EPs before the debut album was "a move that he deemed necessary to provide context to the band’s broad sound, rather than just building up with singles alone." Matthew Healy said, "We wouldn’t have been able to release the album without putting out the EP’s first, as we wanted to make sure we could express ourselves properly before dropping this long, ambitious debut record on people."
The 1975, the band's self-titled debut album, was released on 2 September 2013. It was co-produced by Mike Crossey, who has previously worked with Arctic Monkeys and Foals. The band were selling out shows even before the debut of their full length as Healy recalls in an interview with "The AU review". The lead single promoting the album is a re-worked version of "Sex", which was released on 26 August 2013. The song premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 8 July 2013, and a music video was released onto YouTube on 26 July 2013. The 1975 debuted at no. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
The 1975 toured in the UK in September 2013, among others performing in Kingston upon Hull as headliners at Freedom Festival, a celebration of the city's shortlisting for 2017 UK City of Culture designation, and at iTunes Festival on 8 September 2013 as an opening act for indie electronic quartet Bastille. The band undertook a North American tour in October 2013, a European for November 2013, and in January 2014 the band performed in New Zealand and Australia. In September 2013, the band performed three sold out shows at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. In April 2014, the band performed for the first time in a major American music and arts festival, Coachella. The band played at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2014. In May 2014, the band's recorded output was made available digitally while they were touring North America. Healey noted that the band had recording scheduled in the first half of 2015.
On 8 October 2015, the band announced their second studio album I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It slated for a February 2016 release. They also premiered the first single of the album entitled "Love Me" while scheduling a November 2015 tour in support.
Critics at Pitchfork Magazine have favourably compared them to The Big Pink. Sex EP was described by Paste as "equal parts ethereal and synth pop", with "haunting" and "smooth" vocals. Their "mellow", stripped down style was praised for its lack of "attention-grabbing production theatrics". Though generally acknowledged as an indie rock group, they have been influenced by diverse genres including electropop, electronic music, pop rock/guitar pop, and R&B. Healy specifically cites Talking Heads, Prince, My Bloody Valentine, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, D'angelo and Sigur Rós as musical influences; he states that his greatest influence is the oeuvre of filmmaker John Hughes. Their "melancholic" black and white visual aesthetic is juxtaposed with major keys and what the band calls "classic pop sensibilities". Lyrically, The 1975 explore themes of discovery and novelty in the context of sex, love, drugs, hope, death, and fear.
Band name: Having previously performed and released material under various guises including Talkhouse, The Slowdown, Bigsleep, and Drive Like I Do, the band eventually settled on the name The 1975. Healy recounts that the name was inspired by scribblings found in the back page of an old Beat poetry book dated "1 June, The 1975".
Band members: Matthew Healy – vocals, guitar (2002–present)
Adam Hann – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2002–present)
George Daniel – drums, backing vocals (2002–present)
Ross MacDonald – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2002–present)
Discography: The 1975 - September 2013
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (2016)