The 1975 are an English alternative/indie rock band based out of Manchester.  The group is made up of Mathew Healy (vocalist, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums) and Ross MacDonald (bass).  The band has released four EPs: “Facedown,” “Sex,” “Music For Cars” and “IV.”  Their self-titled debut album was released on September 2, 2013 through the label Dirty Hit/Polydor.  The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Album Chart on September 8, 2013.

The band first met at Wilmslow High School in 2002 and began to play music together.  They first started off covering punk songs in local clubs.  Healy was originally the drummer but took over vocals after the previous singer left to start another band.  Daniel was recruited as the new drummer to complete the final lineup.  When asked what inspired them to create a band, they responded saying that there were a lot of different things.  “We’re very inspired by big 80’s pop music.  Like Peter Gabriel, Micheal Jackson, Scritti Politti and My Bloody Valentine.  We’re also big fans of experimental music.”

The band went through various names when first starting out such as “Talkhouse,” “The Slowdown,” “Bigsleep” and “Drive Like I Do” until the band eventually settled on the name “The 1975.”  Healy says that the name was inspired by scribbling found in the back page of an old beat poetry book dated “1 June, The 1975.”

The band’s self-titled debut, “The 1975,” was premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show on July 8, 2013.  The album peaked at number 1 on the UK Charts.  The band has found success with their single “Chocolate” which has become an international hit.

The band is set to preform a tour in Australia and New Zealand this year.  Check out some of their biggest hits below and I definitely recommend listening to “Chocolate.” It’ll be stuck in your head for days.


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