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The Dose: The 1975 brings signature aesthetic, new sound

The Dose: The 1975 brings signature aesthetic, new sound

The 1975 Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

The Dose: The 1975 brings signature aesthetic, new sound
May 02
14:10 2016

Morgan Sullivan | Staff Writer

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A crackling, glitch-like image fills the stage. The instrumental track builds as the crowd belts a thunderous roar and grows as the pit fills in. Some people run in from the previous set hoping to get a better glimpse. Girls in the front row are already screaming, crying and waiting for the appearance of a curly-haired singer.

The 1975 didn’t disappoint as the first band to truly get to thrill festival attendees with a dramatic stage production. Slotted after the sun went down, the UK band brought out the big guns. The band’s production has always been above par, and singer Matt Healy takes special care to be sure that their live set is one of the most put-together, aesthetically perfect sets attendees will ever see.

The 1975 Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Matty Healy of The 1975
Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Healy and the band’s crew outdid themselves this tour. With four rectangular columns in their backdrop, projections of clouds, skyline and other whimsical views changed with every song. For fans who were around long before the band’s newest album, “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It,” the projections offered hints of nostalgia in flashes of monochromatic color. The band’s signature rectangular lights were hanging above the band, also changing colors as the set progressed.

Besides being the most visually stunning set of the evening, The 1975 offered one of the best musical performances of the festival. With a set list carefully mixing old songs with new, there was a little of something for everyone.

Healy’s vocals were pitch-perfect as he danced along to the band’s newer tunes, like “Love Me,” and “Ugh!” His best vocal performance of the night, however, were on “If I Believe You,” a gospel-esque ballad that depicts Healy’s struggles with religion. Lead guitarist Adam Hann was impeccable, especially during “Robbers,” when his guitar part is vital. For live shows, the band adds John Waugh on saxophone. This extra element during “Heart Out,” and “If I Believe You,” adds another dimension to the band’s already incredible live sound.

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Ross MacDonald of The 1975
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Healy’s stage presence is captivating, enticing and had many crowd members craning to get a better look. He has perfected his carefree stage persona, bopping and pelvic-thrusting to his own songs, cigarette in hand. The band’s new era is an exciting, more colorful tone, which is evident in their live set.

If given the chance to see them, The 1975 is a band you simply cannot miss.

Featured Image: The 1975 drew one of the biggest crowds of the day during their set. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

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