Reviewed by Anna McCarthy
It’s no secret that this band is a mega fan of teenage angst films in 1980s, such as Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles, and there is no attempt to disguise the influence of the 80s era in their latest single, Love Me.
On October 8th The 1975 debuted their first single from their upcoming album, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It on BBC Radio One with DJ Annie Mac. While the band has maintained their signature synthetic sound and groovy bass lines, the single mimics motifs from bands like The Talking Heads and Duran Duran.
The paneling of the catchy guitar riff and the surprisingly non-abrasive screeches from the synth that open the song channels a new sound for The 1975. A radiant guitar solo guiding an instrumental bridge welcomes time for some head bopping. The signature octave jumps in the verses with features from brass and cowbells echo the soundtrack of the era of affluence.
The lyrics touch on modern “dilemmas”, from the most common addiction in the world that is the internet, to the “Karcrashian panache”, referring to of course the Kardashian epidemic, and how modern society is so consumed with fame and flair that the line between ambition and narcissism is often blurred.
Frontman Matty Healy told Annie Mac that he and the boys wish to be “ambassadors for their generation”, and it’s clear that he has some important messages he intends to get across through the use of both lyrics and social media platforms.
The 1975’s new album will be released in February 2016.