The 1975

Concert Review


Noemi Griffin

The 1975 set up five flashing rectangular white lights and kept the rest of the stage minimally lit to keep up with their black and white image.

“Did you know there’s a group of girls here that got in line at eight a.m. yesterday?” asks Andy Tongren lead singer of Young Rising Sons, one of the opening acts for The 1975.

On November 29 British Indie Rock band, The 1975, took the stage at The Tabernacle Atlanta to a sold out show of screaming white girls. Screaming white girls with a vicious agenda to get as close as physically possible to Matty Healy as the security guards would allow. An agenda so vicious in fact, that the two opening acts collectively spent around ten minutes trying to corral the rowdy crowd in order to prevent mass amounts of trampling.

For their second visit to Atlanta of 2014, the band brought along New Jersey band, Young Rising Sons and Philadelphia band, CRUISR. Of course with the fan base that the 1975 has garnered, neither act received much love from the crowd.

The smoke billowing out of the hidden machines reached it’s peak at 10 o’clock when the five rectangular light fixtures lit up and the band started filing to their spots. Guitarist Adam Hann, drummer George Daniel, and bassist Ross MacDonald, waited on stage for a good three minutes while a guest saxophonist blew threw a riff signaling singer Matty Healy’s entrance.

The band went through their short and punchy pop set with a few strung out love songs here and there. All the while Healy took hearty swigs out of a wine bottle he brought on stage at the start of the set. The stage remained minimally lit except the bright flashes emanating from behind the band.

Their set slowed down about midway through when Healy took a seat at the edge of the stage to croan through fallingforyou. Every girl in the crowd swooned collectively when he arrived at the song’s standout lyric “I don’t wanna be your friend, I wanna kiss your neck.”

The remaining songs maintained the pop chill that fallingforyou created until the last non-encore song of the night Girls. fitting for the overwhelming female population at the Tabernacle. Girls was an explosion of pop guitar riffs and a verbal warning to immature girls “but she can’t be what you need if she’s 17.”

The band returned to the stage to play a much anticipated encore, finishing the set with Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You, Robbers, Chocolate, and Sex.

Despite the frantic crowd that The 1975 drew and Matty Healy’s incessant swigs out of the wine bottle, they put on a clean and enjoyable performance.