June 6, 2016


21 Things You Need To Know About The 1975

Courtesy of The Windish Agency
Courtesy of The Windish Agency

Maybe you've seen the name, maybe the band is a complete mystery to you, but one thing is for certain: The 1975 are here, and they're huge.

Feel a little behind-the-curve? No sweat, it's never too late to get into the band with the help of our handy guide, your exclusive map to navigating the boys from Britain. Here's what you need to know, now:

1. The band first burst onto the scene in 2013. Their breakout hit was called "Chocolate," and it's amazing.
2. They're from Manchester, the same English town that birthed Joy Division and the Smiths.
3. They've actually been making music together for over a decade. All of the dudes met in high school and formed a band.
4. Matty Healy is the lead singer and heartthrob of the group. Like, have you even seen his face?
5. He was once romantically linked to Taylor Swift, and the Internet kind of exploded over it.
6. He's also got a bunch of famous pals, including One Direction and Halsey.

7. Drummer George Daniel is also a big player in the group, and does a lot of The 1975's mixing. He's also 6'5", which is something fans love to talk about.
8. Ross MacDonald is the bassist...
9. And Adam Hann plays guitar (as does Healy...did we skip that fact? Swoon.)
10. The band is big into the '80s and has cited iconic acts like Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Scritti Politti, and My Bloody Valentine as inspirations. That's a lot of '80s, and a vast collection of genres. 

11. The band's self-titled debut album dropped September 3, 2013 through labels Dirty Hit/Polydor and skyrocketed to the top of the English charts, hitting No. 1. Stateside, it hit No. 28 on the Billboard 200...not bad for a new band existing in relative obscurity in the U.S.!
12. The 1975 are a very smart band, and one deeply into literature. Their band name comes from scribblings found in the back page of an old Beat poetry book by Jack Kerouac dated "1 June, The 1975."
13. 2014 was a big year for the band. They played a bunch of festivals, including Coachella. They won the NME Award for Worst Band, the Songkick Award for Hardest Working Band and Alternative Press Award for Best International Band. The former might not sound that glamorous, but all press is good press, right? In their case, it's totally true.
14. After "Chocolate," "Sex" was the 1975's big single from their first LP. The video was filmed in their actual rehearsal space.
15. Soundtrack Love! That album was written with the idea that it could be used as the score for a John Hughes movie. They seriously love the '80s, man!
16. Everything was black-and-white for that release. Literally everything. The videos, the art, the photoshoots...it was a very strict and completely cool concept.

17.Their second record is all pink. A stark contrast from the first aesthetic choice, no? It dropped Friday, February 26, 2016. It's also '80s-influenced, but a whole lot funkier.
18. The sophomore release has an absurdly long title. It is called I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. Yup.
19. Some people considered the title a jab at One Direction. You know, like, a mockery of "What Makes You Beautiful" and other similar singles. It hasn't been proven in any regard.
20. They've covered a lot of teen music: Bieber and 1D in the BBC Live Lounge. Of course, they gave the songs a mature makeover, but the overlap in their fandoms is no surprise. It's one of the reasons they have so many young, diehard fans!
21. They're big and they're going to be huge. Get used to it, y'all! They're playing more festivals this year (they totally killed Coachella) and will be touring behind Album No. 2 for a while. Rock and roll is here to stay.