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Video of the Moment #932: The 1975

By on Monday, 20th August 2012 at 6:00 pm

Following on from the other two songs on their ‘Facedown’ EP they’ve already released promo videos for, The 1975 now have a new video for song ‘Antichrist’. Following on with the stark black and white quality of ‘Facedown’ and ‘The City’, this one for ‘Antichrist’ falls in line stylistically, yet adds other measures of lightness and the beauty of outdoor nature that make it different from the previous. Watch it below.

As announced last week here, the band will be touring the UK in December.



The 1975 / December 2012 UK Tour

By on Friday, 17th August 2012 at 3:00 pm

Manchester’s The 1975 have announced a tour of the UK for December. Tickets are on sale now.

Braden’s review of their EP ‘Facedown’ (featuring the great track ‘The City’) is here.

Sunday 2nd December 2012 – Leeds Cockpit 3
Monday 3rd December 2012 – Glasgow King Tuts
Tuesday 4th December 2012 – Hull Fruit
Wednesday5th December 2012 – Manchester Sound Control
Thursday 6th December 2012 – London Barfly
Friday 7th December 2012 – Southampton Joiners
Saturday 8th December 2012 – Birmingham Temple


Album Review: The 1975 – Facedown EP

By on Monday, 13th August 2012 at 12:00 pm

Featured in our Bands to Watch section by Mary not long ago, the 1975 are a band that have been quite a while in the making. Having undergone a number of different monikers over the last few years, they’ve finally settled on their rather unGoogleable name and committed to Dirty Hit Records. Can I get a “hallelujah”?

The ‘Facedown’ EP is the first of two to be released this year before we finally receive an album from the Manchester act and from the off, like so much of this band’s history, it’s completely misleading.  As if the name changes and constant playing around with fans and releases wasn’t already bad enough, any prior knowledge of this group will shout “deception!” at you.

The title and opening track ‘Facedown’ (video at the end of this post) is the kind of track that would be a stunning intro to any band’s arsenal; it sounds barely like the 1975 that created the second track ‘The City’. Bouncing straight out of the blocks with its huge drum line and almost romantic call to arms in “if you wanna find love / then you know where the city is”, ‘The City’ oozes the kind of “put us in a big field” vibe that you know the 1975 have. Any visit to a live show of theirs tells you that there’s so much more where this track comes from and that they’re not destined for the landfill.

Sounds great, right? Half of the EP in and no complaints? Sadly, that’s where the aforementioned deception comes in. The rest is borderline mush from a band that are by no means mushy. By all means write slow songs, take for example some of the highlights of Bloc Party’s career so far in ‘So Here We Are’ and ‘I Still Remember’, but filling three-fourths of your debut EP with it when that’s not the band that your fans know you are is nothing short of baffling.  That’s not to say there’s not good parts to ‘Antichrist’ and ‘Woman’, but there’s a large part of me that wishes for their debut EP, they simply hadn’t bothered with them.

An unsettling start, but there’s plenty of promise here.


The 1975’s EP ‘Facedown’ is out now on Dirty Hit.



Bands to Watch #249: The 1975

By on Thursday, 26th July 2012 at 12:00 pm

Good ol’ Manchester can always be counted on to bring a great new band to our attention. Today’s topic? According to Braden, The 1975 used to go by the name The Big Sleep but changed their name to avoid any confusion with this band from New York or anyone else. Unlike most of their contemporaries from greater Manc who all seem to be running as fast as they can from the electronic ghosts of Joy Division and still soldiering on New Order, the 1975 is a band willing to take the best from what they absorbed growing up while opening their ears to urban references like TLC and ?uestlove. Further, these friends since their schooldays haven’t limited their influences to just purely musical ones; they point to fashion greats Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel as inspirations, leading us to believe that either forward-thinking clothing for sale or stylish album designs are in their future, as well as philosopher Bertrand Russell and beat poet Jack Kerouac.

The 1975’s debut EP ‘Facedown’ will be released on the 6th of August on Dirty Hit Records. If the label sounds familiar to you, no doubt it should be: they’re the brains that brought us Benjamin Francis Leftwich and General Fiasco, as well as Little Comets, after Columbia stupidly dropped them. ‘The City’ is a track off ‘Facedown’; great guitars, punishing drums and the nice buzz of a synth underlie an extremely poppy melody. Expect the line “if you wanna find love, then you know where the city is” to be on everyone’s lips very soon. We here at TGTF are keeping a close eye on this quartet.



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