The 1975, a glorious quartet from Manchester, England, absolutely starred at Showbox at the Market in April. I say starred because this band has all sorts of star power along with their pop/funk/rock smooth sound. You might look at the band’s promo shots, in particular lead singer Matthew Healy, and think, that’s probably a punk band. And they are in the sense they’re going to play what they want – current sounds in music be damned – but they’re more a smooth, sexy, rattle your bones plus teeth type of band. From the second they got onstage, Healy in an unbuttoned floral top, and ripped up their screaming (and young) audience, to the moment they abandoned us, the 1975’s sound slept happily with every single person in that audience. Except the underage ones. Of course.
Their silky debut, The 1975, is a must-have, and its songs sounded massive live. All of them. Every single one of them, including “Chocolate,” “The City” and “Girls.” People talk about music’s next big thing. The 1975 is the big thing. They return to Seattle in November for a show at – no surprise, a larger venue – the Paramount.