Genre Bending with The 1975


HOT DAMN it has been a minute since I have blogged. I hope you all are staying classy and having a great Spring so far. Anyways, today I want to talk about music.

As far as I am concerned, we currently live in a world where there is no such thing as originality. Whether that be with film, television, music, or fashion, everything is constantly being rotated and recycled. However, just recently I have discovered a band that practically defies that idea. In regards to music, I find that by intertwining sounds that have never bonded before, something beautiful and practically original can be created. That is exactly what has been done with the Indie Rock, Synth Pop music from the band The 1975.

Originally from Manchester, England, The 1975 first came together in 2002 and peaked in 2013 with their first self-titled album, The 1975. In 2015, they reached new heights with their album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It.

I can vividly recall the first time I ventured into their music. I say vividly because of how much I did not find it appealing upon first listen. However, in the moments of diving into their music a second time, along with someone who was as infatuated with them as I am now, I realized that this band is highly intelligent, contemporary, yet nostalgic. Sonically they are Synth-pop. Lyrically, they are Indie/Alternative. I will admit that the indie-pop lyrics alongside the electro-pop instrumentals was initially difficult to grasp. In fact, I found it quite confusing. Nonetheless, in time, under a specific a variety of contexts, I realized that unique hybrids like the music from The 1975, is what allows someone in a creative field to last forever.

Lyrically, they converse on the topics of vain, individualistic digital natives, love and heartbreak, drugs, sex, and even the media induced coma the world seems to be trapped in. Take for instance their LGBTQ anthem “Loving Someone.”

“My heart is telling me the telly isn’t telling anything

I need but it needs to keep you selling me

Besides celebrities lacking in integrity

Holding up the status quo instead of showing your kids

That they matter, who’re you gonna buy up next 

Keep hold of their necks and keep selling them sex

It’s better if we keep them perplexed

It’s better if we make them want the opposite sex”

-“Loving Someone” (2015)

They are a band that represents the millennial generation in the digital age but in a respectable manner. They incorporate a lot of their British jargon into their music, which forces you to look up the lyrics while listening. I typically do not encourage looking up lyrics. However, it can be difficult to translate some of their lyrics due to Matthew Healy’s British accent. Nonetheless, in doing so, one will gain insight into the mind of a wildly emotional man who reports on what’s going on in his world, and the world around him, through music.

If there’s anything to take away from The 1975, it is that unpredictability, creativity, and individuality comes from collaborating. Whether that is with other people or with different sounds, to live in a world with no originality means that we must think outside of the box.

The disconnect and confusion that I had with the album the first time around are exactly what makes their music and style so brilliant. They are a band that is inspired by a range of artists from all genres including Otis Redding, David Bowie, D’Angelo, Destiny’s Child, Peter Gabriel, and Michael Jackson. Personally, their music and the way they genre bend is so powerful that it has inspired me to write. That said, I encourage you all to dive into the music of The 1975. There is a chance you will find it confusing. However, if you keep in mind that they are genre-bending in ways that many bands have never done, then you may realize that they are one of the most innovative and unpredictable bands of the 21st century.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Not everyone you lose is a loss.” – Unknown