The 1975, now considered an R&B four-piece, has progressed tremendously since their early 2000s Manchester origins. Along the way, the band has distinctly evolved their sound, often times accrediting to their myriad of musical influences artists from 80s gloss pop, R&B, and electronica dance floor, among countless other genres. With a massive 2019 North American tour approaching for The 1975, get to know more about the band below with five things you didn’t know about The 1975:
Despite their origins in Manchester, The 1975 have not found the same musical inspiration from the area as bands like Joy Division have. In a 2013 interview with the Chicago Tribune, singer Matty Healy explained why they have seemingly not promoted a tremendous amount of Manchester adoration in their music. “I think it’s partially due to the fact that as a band we never found our geographical location a very inspiring thing,” Healy said and continued, “I wasn’t brought up in Manchester. I was born in London and brought up in the north of England in Newcastle and moved to Manchester when I was about 11. That tribalist adherence to the Manchester music scene didn’t really impact on me or the rest of the band. We were the one Manchester band who wasn’t wearing that Manchester badge of honor.”
While The 1975 find inspiration in a myriad of artists, the band credits the above artists with most influencing their 2016 full-length album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. The band sees NXS, Scritti Politti, and Peter Gabriel most inspiring them on the album’s track “Love Me.” In an interview with Stereogum, Healy explained that for their 2016 release, the band also found inspiration in David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson.
In a 2016 interview, Healy spoke with Rolling Stone about his and the band’s expectations of America before coming over, and how America has lived up to their thoughts. Healy revealed he certainly has not been thrown off by unmet expectations of America, but that the U.S. definitely exceeded its expectations “with more bacon.” Among this, Healy revealed trying a burger at a food-festival in Chicago that contained candied bacon, along with two Krispy Kreme donuts as the burger’s bun. “I couldn’t take more than a bite,” Healy said.
Some of their first names included the Slowdown and Drive Like I Do. It ended up taking the band a bit of time to truly find their sound and groove, leading to the ultimate name decision of The 1975. However, in and of its core, the band has been around for much longer than many may be aware of. “By the time we got 23, 24, we had all these songs that we couldn’t let go,” Healy revealed and continued, “When we dropped our album, it was like our greatest hits.”
As the band members have grown and evolved, so has The 1975’s music. With their latest LP release A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, nowadays The 1975 far see themselves as more-so an R&B band before a rock band. “It’s not a rock band,” Healy said in a recent interview with Vulture regarding the band’s progression and continued, “It is a rock band in the way that we’re four white blokes playing guitars a lot of the time. But we’re an R&B band before we’re a rock band.”