Back in October, we saw The 1975 for the first time – which was possibly their first ever Canadian show? – and we saw them again on Tuesday.
I’m still not sure who’s who – the one leaning against the wall is Matt Healy, the singer.
The first time we saw them, we went because Ro wanted to see them. I went into the show as a curious onlooker, and left as a fan. This time around, as soon as the Toronto date was announced, we jumped to get tickets (and dragged Nina with us).
The two opening bands were Sir Sly and Bad Suns. I honestly don’t remember my impressions of them, but they weren’t terrible. Just not very memorable, I guess.
The 1975 didn’t go on until 9:45pm which wasn’t ideal because it meant waiting a really long time (plus getting less sleep than usual, but I try not to say that out loud otherwise it makes me seem older than I am), but it was worth it.
They’re very simplistic on-stage: all the members were wearing black and/or white, the backdrop was an illuminated rectangle (like on their album cover), and even the lighting seemed conservative (compared to other UK acts, like Biffy Clyro or Muse). But they barrel through most of their catalogue, rarely speaking – in fact, only Matt, the singer, had a couple of things to say, mainly that he was surprised and gratified to see so many people in the crowd.
The last time they were here, they played the Mod Club (about 600 capacity); when this tour was announced they were originally supposed to play the Danforth Music Hall (1500 cap), but were quickly upgraded to the Kool Haus (which apparently has a 3000 person capacity!!) – and the show still sold out! They’ve been blowing up the British music scene with their catchy beats for the past year and it’s safe to say that they’re starting to take North America by storm.
I don’t know why they’re risen so quickly, especially when you consider that even British people have a hard time understanding Matt’s mumbled lyrics. It’s a lot of fun to hear the crowd trying to sing along (myself included), and there was something oddly haunting about nearly 3000 people screaming “Now everybody’s dead” during “Robbers”.
It was great seeing them that first time last October in a smaller venue, and their live performance was equally well-done in a larger room. If they continue on this same path, I’m sure they’ll be selling out arenas in a couple of years.