The 1975 have had the sort of breakthrough that only happens once a decade. Matty Healy, Adam Hann (guitar), Ross MacDonald (bass) and George Daniel (drums) formed at school on the outskirts of Manchester ten years ago. After years of honing their sound, 2013’s debut album revealed a band who could blend accessible and anthemic choruses with a pioneering artistic aesthetic. It was a record where indie-pop grooves and alt R&B atmospherics sat seamlessly next to each other, the band unafraid to merge genres and push boundaries. A mass audience connected with indelible tracks such as ‘Chocolate’, ‘Girls’, ‘Sex’ and ‘Robbers’ and their tales of adolescent recklessness. The group toured the world, playing sold-out shows from Kuala Lumpur to San Francisco.
All these experiences feed into the band’s second album which was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Healy and Daniel alongside production collaborator Mike Crossey. It distils their love of 80s pop culture into something that sounds impossibly now, a record that shifts between shimmying guitar grooves (‘She’s American’, ‘Love Me’), experimental electronic soundscapes (‘I like it when you sleep…,’ ‘Please Be Naked’) and cascading, adventurous pop songs (‘If I Believe You’, ‘Lostmyhead’, ‘The Sound’) whilst always sounding part of the same whole. Needless to say, The 1975 have set the benchmark for modern pop music.