Thursday, June 23, 2016

The 1975 | Tour

June 17, 2016

The evening began with a rainstorm and the tickets were pricey, so my night at The 1975 show did not look promising. I've been a casual fan since the release of IV but fell away from the band as their fanbase grew younger, and it was only with the convincing of my sister that I ventured into the young crowds at a local amphitheatre to see their show.

Whatever small expectations I had, they were completely blown away by the first few songs. My phone's camera and my angle to the stage doesn't do the show justice; whoever designed their set and lights did a phenomenal job. I wasn't overly familiar with most of the songs they performed as I've only listened to their second album a handful of times, but I was over and again amazed by how captivating they were.

It's been a long time since I've been completely taken in by a performance so much that I've ceased to remember what's happening outside the arena gates, but this was one of those times. I've recently seen a number of good performers, but they didn't add anything extra to the music - dancing, yes, but musically the same as the album. The 1975 added longer instrumental sections and kept their sound so well balanced that listening to them live felt like every instrument on stage was physically pulling you in closer.

The encore - a brief, thoughtful moment with "If I Believe You" followed by a high energy trio of "Chocolate," "The Sound," and "Sex" - pulled the experience together and ended on a fun-loving note. I wasn't expecting much, but that rainy Friday night ended up being one of the best shows I've ever attended.

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