The UK is certainly known for producing the biggest boy bands in history: The Beatles and One Direction. The 1975 might look like the next all-male group to take over pop airways and teenage hearts, but one listen to their music and you would find yourself to be pleasantly wrong. This indie rock group is fresh, edgy and hardly concerned with becoming a huge sensation, which is ironic considering their debut album went straight to number one in their country.
The 1975's self-titled album is quirky, upbeat, organic, deep and, while contradicting, also nonsensical. My favorite track among many others is "Chocolate," a track about wanderlust, boredom and smoking. Lead singer Matt Healey says his car and hair smells like chocolate, a clever allusion to the addictive substance it actually smells like. The music video for "Chocolate" shows the band driving demurely about town in black and white, a consistent aesthetic that follows through in their clothing, logo and branding.
Other songs on their record, like "Girls," "The City," "Settle Down," "Heart Out," "M.O.N.E.Y." and "Robbers," all pack a punch with sometimes indistinguishable but energetic vocals, illustrative instrumentation and unpredictable lyrics. While The 1975's album was released last year, they're just now catching on in the US. The band's sonic landscapes will surely be a welcome soundtrack to summers spent on the road, at house parties and at beach rendezvous.