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The 1975 hard to categorize, easy to like

The 1975 hard to categorize, easy to like

Band to perform in Glens Falls Sunday night
The 1975 hard to categorize, easy to like
The 1975, with Matty Healy in foreground
Photographer: photo provided

 Upstate will play host to the eclectic sounds and wild stage presence of Matty Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel of The 1975.   

The band will be playing at the Glens Falls Civic Center Sunday night as part of its “I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” tour. 

According to Civic Center General Manager Jeff Meads, no other British rock band has played at the Center in quite some time (Gazette music columnist Michael Hochanadel recalls seeing the Kinks, Queen and Jethro Tull in the Center's early years). 

Bringing in new bands targeted toward a younger audience is part of the Center’s new business model. “Hopefully we got them at the right time, just before they’re too big for our market,” Mead said of The 1975. 

It’s a legitimate concern, as the band recently won Best British Group of the Year at the 2016 Brit Awards. They also won Best Album at the Q Awards in Britain.  

As the name suggests, the band’s style gives credit to their musical predecessors of the 1970s. 

But it also mixes in hints of pop and rock heroes from every generation since, something that millennials tend to love. 

They’ll mismatch heavy rock with 80s pop-inspired songs on the same album and while fans across the world are loving the variety on every album, it held the band back from signing on with a record label for several years when they first got together. 

Jamie Oborne, The 1975’s manager, said the band’s progress was more of a slow climb than a rocketship ride to fame. 

 “There’s still this misconception out there,” Oborne said, “that they had it easy, that they signed a massive record deal and immediately had a hit single.

The truth is different. No one wanted to sign them – no one. Labels, agents, publishers, none of them wanted to know. I tried for about four years to get someone to help us facilitate and support our vision. All I was met with was, ‘We don’t understand them; they sound too different from one song to the next. Radio will hate them,’ and I always thought, ‘but that’s exactly what’s amazing about them’, Matty’s mantra of how they create in the way they consume.”

The four band members met in school in Wilmslow, England, and have spent the last 13 years playing together. 

Their first break didn’t come until 2013, a year after their first EP came out. It hit number one on the UK’s pop hits list and since then, The 1975 has been working to maintain that spot. 

They play an impressive average of around 300 gigs a year all over the globe. 

Their shows are known to get rowdy and fans can often be found lined up at 10 a.m. for a 7 p.m. concert. 

Lead singer Matty Healy is often unapologetically “glamorous” (one of his favorite descriptors) and rowdy. 

He is also unapologetic about the band’s work and about almost everything else, proclaiming the band’s mantra “Never apologize.” 

“The historic adherence to one type of anything is so pointless, and it’s not something that ever enters my mind. If I’m inspired by something, my attitude is, ‘I’m taking that’. If anyone has a problem with that, well, I don’t care – nobody cares about that sort of thing anymore. Besides, in 2016, everything has been done. You just have to try and do it better, which is what we’ve done. My generation consumes music in this completely non-linear way, and we reflect that because that’s how we create. Fifteen-year-olds are listening to A$AP Rocky but also to something way over on the other side from that. Why create one type of music when nobody consumes one type of music? The idea of rules is completely farcical,” Healy said on the band’s website. 

Healy’s attitude is exactly what the Civic Center is looking for, bringing together genres and generations with their eclectic sound. 

The 1975 
8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28
Glens Falls Civic Center
Tickets range from $32 to $42 and can be purchased at  www.the1975.com/live or http://www.glensfallscc.com

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