Music Reviews

The 1975 have treated fans to another early preview of their upcoming mouthful of an album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. This preview comes in the form of new single The Sound, a song that they shared with fans on their recent November tour of the UK. This single follows previous album offerings Love Me and the instantly infectious UGH!.

The Sound continues to display the band’s shift from their indie-rock sound from their self titled debut to this indie-pop type of sound, and it’s pure bliss. In quite the difference to the live version, the track is accompanied with a choir throughout chanting the easy to learn hook “Well I know when you’re around cause I know the sound / I know the sound of your heart” as well as house-y piano with really kicks this song into groovy pop perfection.

Here’s to hoping that the sound of this album is as impressive as what we’ve heard so far, because this has the potential to be huge.

Words by Connor Spilsbury-Brown


Music Reviews

Jordan Cardy and co. have had quite the impressive last year, from getting signed to Parlophone records to touring the UK with The 1975 and more recently RAT BOY have been tapped by numerous outlets to be one of the biggest names to look out for in 2016. He continues to keep this buzz alive by releasing a brand new song titled Move, that premiered on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show.

The track is one of the best from the collective so far. It’s a dated 80’s throwback type, kicking off straight away with Cardy’s tongue-n-cheek aggression stating that “he never says the same thing twice” and then goes on to repeat the line. Move is very Beastie Boys-esque with it’s distorted groove and not-giving-a-fuck type of lyrical delivery.

RAT BOY have very much given us a track that’ll make our heads spin and legs move. He has us all where he needs us and let’s hope he keeps us there because this debut could be one to remember.

Words by Connor Spilsbury-Brown



Reading and Leeds Festival have announced Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for the 2016 event.

Famous for tracks like Californication, By The Way and Can’t Stop, the exclusive booking is the first time the American band have headlined a UK festival since 2014.

Also added to the line-up for next year’s annual event are Manchester based bands The 1975, and Courteeners.

Returning from their headline performance in the Radio 1 Dance tent last year Boy Better Know will also be appearing in 2016.

Making up the rest of the first announcement are punk rock duo Slaves, bedroom beat maker RAT BOY, Spanish indie quartet Hinds, American duo Twenty One Pilots, Japanese metalcore outfit Crossfaith and Tottenham garage specialist DJ EZ.

The festival takes place at Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leed’s Bramham Park during the 26th to 28th August 2016.

Words by Shannon Cotton


Live Reviews

Earlier this year, Manchester based indie rock band The 1975 took social media by storm when they removed themselves from it, then returned with a whole new aesthetic and look on their found fame. They also announced a November tour of the UK in order to introduce their new era and close out their old one with a very intimate couple of shows for dedicated fans. This past Friday (20/11/15) they brought their colourful new look on life to Plymouth when they took Plymouth Pavilions by storm.

The show began with an electric set from opening act RAT BOY, a review of a show they did earlier this month was posted on The Wave, which really got the crowd pumped. Then after a very little 20-minute wait; the smoke appeared, the static screen displays kicked in and the band emerged to an ecstatic response from their die hard fans. They kicked off their set with new single Love Me, as frontman Matty Healy floated around busting out some very silly moved, but still managed to make it look cool.

They then went onto perform some fan favourite tracks from their discography, varying from Settle Down to Heart Out to The City. A standout performance though was when they began to perform EP track You. The stage set out with the rectangle screen projections gave this song a whole new level of atmosphere, as blue and white flashes took the outro of this song and made it a crazy outro, which left fans screaming and dancing non stop. The band was left hair flipping and feeling the energy from the crowd, truly a magical moment.

This new tour also introduced four new tracks from the bands upcoming sophomore album. All accompanied with a wine-armed Healy, they flew through tracks such as the chilled Change Of Heart, stuffed full of references to old songs. The new upcoming single Sound was also played with a static display upon the screens; a dazed out George Daniel drummed away to the upbeat synth filled track with Healy chanting “Well I know when you’re around cause I know the sound, I know the sound of your heart”.

They closed their set with arguably their most known hits; Chocolate and Sex, in which Healy gave a sign language example to what the song is about. The crowd participation during sex left the frontman with a smile on his face hearing the lyrics being yelled back to him and left him dancing around the stage rocking out on his guitar.

It’s safe to say that The 1975 are back and better than ever and this gig was a great example of this. Fans were left either speechless or screaming with joy. This new era is very promising and the band will be returning to a less intimate setting next year when they tour their new album I Like It When You Sleep Cause You’re So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

Words and photo by Connor Spilsbury-Brown


Music Reviews

After a countdown which lasted a fortnight and numerous online teases, The 1975 have finally unveiled new single Love Me.

The first track taken from the quartet’s second LP is fizzing with abstract synths and fluorescent guitars and includes inspired hints of everything from Prince to Bowie.

The Manchester band have always had a nod to the eighties within their tracks. Frontman Matty Healy has professed several times that they wanted their self-titled debut to sound like the soundtrack to an eighties teen movie – but Love Me has to be the most eighties inspired yet.

However the nostalgic sound is somewhat juxtaposed with Healy’s lyrics about the hyperreal elements of the 21st century as he drawls: “I’m just with my friends online and there’s things we’d like to change”.

Essentially Love Me is about narcissism. When describing the track Healy confessed: “it’s the things that have happened to us and the people we’ve become.” Before continuing: “we wanted to evolve with our fans and we couldn’t do that without making a statement about what it’s been like.”

The sophomore effort titled I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, is due for release in February next year.

Speaking about the potential 17 tracks on their forthcoming album Healy said “each track is very, very different”. He continued: “we’ve embraced everything that we are, which is quite eclectic, weird, kind of magpies of pop culture”.

Stream a snippet of Love Me below:

Words by Shannon Cotton