Some thoughts:

My music taste varies from day to day, week to week, and even month to month, but I would like to believe that there is some consistency in my life. I have discovered several new artists worth mentioning in this post, but I will not include them until the end since I do not have the knowledge of their music needed to complete a proper suggestion or review for my audience.

Music Suggestion of The Week: The 1975

This rock band, based in Manchester, United Kingdom, was formed in 2002 by the band’s front-man, Matthew Healy. Alongside band members George Daniel, Adam Hann, and Ross MacDonald, Matthew “Matty” Healy created what has become “The 1975”. These high school friends earned themselves gigs as teenagers and eventually signed with Dirty Hit Records and Polydor Records. Fame instantly picked up this band after touring with artists such as Muse and The Neighbourhood. They may be considered a pop rock band, but make no mistake by taking them for amateurs.

This pop rock band focuses its sound on the concepts of sex, love, and fear while incorporating modern day sound and lyric. Want a taste of their music? Listen here:



I attended one of their concerts in 2015, and it was arguably one of the best concert experiences of my life. The 1975 has a way of connecting their audience with one another, and from that experience, I have three really great friends who share the same love and passion for this band as I do.

I enjoy political and societal work aimed at drawing attention to the larger issues at hand in our world, and The 1975 does just that by sharing pieces that hit each issue. Each song can be analyzed to reveal a deeper meaning and emotion than at the audience can take away at first. Though listening to each of their songs for the first time is an experience in itself.

These artists are fearless and pay no attention to the societal expectations of a pop rock band, and I believe this is why they have become such an influence on modern day music among youth. Their alternative sound engages its audience while informing them of the world around them, and I believe that this is something that the music industry needs more of.

Take a listen to another piece by them, but don’t be too quick to judge:



I draw inspiration from the language that is used throughout their pieces and how effortlessly they are projected at concerts and other live venues. There were even moments throughout the concert where the audience was encouraged to put away all electronic devices and just enjoy the moment being there. It was really neat to be on a field with thousands of other individuals just in the moment instead of feeling the need to worry about missing out. If you are looking for a concert experience, I highly recommend seeing this group because they know how to put on a show for all audiences. Not to mention they have some great taste in choosing openers!

Here is another one of my favorites:


One thought on “The 1975

  1. Emma, I really enjoyed reading your post! As a musician myself, I always like reading about different styles of music that change and expand my understanding of the art form. I had never heard of The 1975 prior to reading your blog and I enjoyed learning more about bands that infuse popular music genres with rock, one of my favorite styles. Music has so many cultural roots and influences; it’s cool to see that you focus on works that have political and social significance. I agree that many rock artists strive to move away from the status quo and the expectations that lay before them. It really is neat to hear the emotions of musicians in their music! Can’t wait to read more.

    Billy Young

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