Local Current Blog

The 1975 at Myth: Looking for connection in the here and now

Photos by Bridget Bennett for MPR

The U.K.’s 1975 are on their way to bigger shows, and they’re bringing their infectious pop, delivered with laid-back cool, along. Currently on a North American headlining tour, the band stopped at Myth on Saturday, Nov. 8.

By the time 8 p.m. rolled around, the crowd was getting antsy. Young Rising Sons opened the show with a likable pop set. CRUISR took the stage next and fooled more than half the audience into thinking the 1975 were finally starting their set. Girls and guys started freaking out over the man they thought was 1975 singer Matty Healy, screaming “I love you Matty!” By the time CRUISR’s first song ended, the confused fans—to their embarrassment—had figured it out. A guy standing near me complained, “The 1975 aren’t big enough to have two opening bands.”

After CRUISR finished, the 1975 took a half-hour to fog up the entire venue before stepping on stage. The fog and lighting turned Myth into a scene right from their music videos. Throughout the band’s performance you could only see the silhouettes of each member, a visual trademark of the band. Lead singer Matthew Healy did dance around a little, but the band members stayed largely still against the billowing fog.

The 1975 started off with their hit “The City,” then transitioned to “M.O.N.E.Y,” Healy’s voice skimming over the synths. The set also included crowd favorites “She Way Out,” “Settle Down,” and “Heart Out.” The real Matty Healy, and his hair, received their due plaudits from the enthusiastic crowds. Halfway through the band’s set, a lull started to happen. People were more interested in their phones than the slow guitar and synth breakdowns happening on stage, which prompted Healy to ask everyone to put their phones away for one song saying were were living “proper real life. This is now. Not later or before. I want to see your face. It’s beautiful.”

The no-phone song was “Robbers,” and the entire band performed the power ballad flawlessly. It’s a standout track on their self-titled album, and it was a highlight of the live set. As soon as the calming guitar tones started and the soft vocals kicked in, my arms were covered in goose bumps. During the band’s five-minute break, the crowd took up a chant of “we want sex!”; the band obliged by playing their oh-so-radio-friendly hits “Chocolate” and “Sex.”

The 1975 play catchy pop music, but they make it a statement and take pride in their art. Their show was exactly that: a fun pop show with a brooding we’re-almost-too-cool-for-this vibe. The crowd were—if not always attentive—appreciative.

Young Rising Sons

CRUISR

The 1975

Writer Kayla Culver is studying multimedia journalism and public relations at Concordia College. Once she graduates she will be pursuing a career as a music journalist. She blogs irregularly at chameleonears.com. Photographer Bridget Bennett is a student at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.