Arts and Culture

The 1975 returns with new sound and diversified audience

The 1975, a band that originated in Cheshire, England, made a return to the musical scene at the end of February with the release of their lengthily titled sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.

The group, which can loosely be defined as ‘alternative,’ is known for songs such as “Chocolate” and “Girls,” songs that are lyrically poignant yet sonically pleasingly. The comeback was successful for the four band members, as the album debuted at number one in both the UK and US.

Tracks from the new album perpetuate the honesty that lead singer Matty Healy is known for in lyrics and interviews. “Change of Heart” chronicles a relationship run dry in which Healy wittily comments on the reality of twenty first century relationships singing, “Your eyes were full of regret, and then you took a picture of your salad, and put it on the internet.”

The opening song, “Love Me,” comments on Healy’s experience in the spotlight, “Ugh” chronicles his relationship to cocaine and “Somebody Else” echoes the sentiment of the band’s self- titled debut album. “If I Believe You” is a saxophone ridden track that explores Healy’s views on God. “If I’m lost, then how can I find myself?” says Healy.

At the tail end of the album are two tracks that stand in sharp contrast to the typically upbeat pop melodies of the band. “Nana” chronicles Healy’s loss of his grandmother, while “She Lays Down” sings of a girl lost amidst a world of pain unattributed to reason. Healy actively addresses not only the male experience but the female experience on this album, as well. Such diversity is part of what makes the band timelessly relatable.

This summer the four band members, Matty Healy, George Daniel, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald, will embark on a tour that includes major dates in Europe, the United States and an appearance at the infamous Glastonbury music festival.

The band that is sometimes unfairly stereotyped for attracting fan girls has returned in a unique display of maturity that deeply contrasts that popular assumption. The 1975 is back and attracting a more diverse audience than ever.