Five Years of The 1975: An Era

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The members of the band The 1975 that have written hit songs, such as “Chocolate” and “The Sound,” have had quite a history together.

Their debut self-titled album came out in September of 2013, and although the band has been playing together since 2002, 2013 was the beginning of something big for this British rock band.

The first hit single released from the band was “Chocolate,” and it was used in a preview for the movie “Love, Rosie.” “Chocolate” then hit the top of the charts and was played on a multitude of radio stations, which became the band’s first real big break.

The lead singer, Matty Healy, is known to do all of the interviews. During the press of the 2013 self-titled album, Healy performed for NPR in a Tiny Desk Concert playing the hit songs of the album: “Chocolate,” “Sex,” and “Woman.”

The band has not always been on the upwards climb, though. Healy expressed in a Zane Lowe interview that the band had tried to get signed by popular record labels and it was hard to continuously take rejection.

When people were telling me it wasn’t good enough, it was like people telling me I wasn’t good enough,” Healy said.

Jamie Oborne is the founder of Dirty Hit Records, which is a British independent record label and where The 1975 signed in 2012. Oborne shares in an interview with Gigwise how much work went into making the band a success, but eventually, The 1975 was the first band to become mainstream and recognizable.

The second album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” was released in February of 2016 was also topping the charts. This album has a soft rock feel with more instrumental transitioning songs compared to the first album.

The hit song “The Sound” also became extremely popular and The Rolling Stone named it one of the top 30 songs in the first half of 2016.

The 1975 has begun a new era called “Music For Cars” that started in June. Originally, Healy claimed that their third album as The 1975 was going to be entitled “Music for Cars,” but after further reflection, the band decided that they are going to release another album first.

The first album in this era is called “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.” It is expected to be released on Nov. 30, 2018, and two singles released. “Give Yourself a Try” and “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME,” show how the band has evolved from strictly a rock band to having a mix between their two previous albums.

Throughout the five years of The 1975, Healy has had his fair share of struggles. Last November and December, Healy had gone to rehab for a heroin addiction. He often is hesitant to talk about his struggles because he doesn’t want to romanticize it or ask for pity, Healy says in the same interview. He also talks about how in the new album, “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” the struggles with his addiction are all over the album, so he wanted to talk about it prior to the release.

Fans are excited for the new album because of the more open raw feel that seems to be present so far in the songs that have already been released. The 1975 often likes to focus on real world issues in their lyrics and truly speak their minds, which is what makes them unique and stand apart from others. 

Tour dates have been released and excitement is brewing among everyone. Healy tweeted, “Omg tour the lights, the new music, my outfits, thousands of little moshers in the same room, the front row being the same every night all of that sh*t has me HYPED!!” Fans all over eagerly await the tour as much as the band. 

Check out the music videos for their two singles from the new album below!


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