And this is how it starts…

We’ve seen The 1975 before: the first time they ever played Toronto, and then again earlier this year (May, to be exact). And now we can saw we saw them play for a third time, for arguably their biggest crowd (it sold out so fast, they added a second (also sold out) show for tonight…no, I sadly won’t be going).

the 1975

The first opening band, Young Rising Sons, was a lot of fun. I actually knew one of their songs, and I’ve been trying to figure out where I heard it. I’ll definitely look them up though, I really enjoyed what I heard.

The next band, Cruisr, had a Two Door Cinema Club sort of vibe (I feel like I make this comparison a lot, but I don’t know how else to describe this particular type of music).

One thing I’ll say about this show was that the crowd was insane – and not in a good “look how excited they are for the band” way. More in a “why are they screaming so loud, they realize The 1975 hasn’t come out yet, right?” way. Or a “is mom-jeans a thing and if so why is it a thing?” way. Or maybe even a “if there’s 10 feet of space in front of you, I really don’t see why you have to whip your hair back and forth an inch in front of my face” way. Definitely not the best crowd I’ve been in.

But, obnoxious people aside, The 1975 always puts on a good show. Despite only having one album and a handful of EPs, they still managed to play songs I’ve never heard before.

I don’t have anything new to add to my review of them. They’re still fantastic, if not a little quiet, though I’m pretty sure Matt talked more this time. My favourite part was when he encouraged people who had never seen them before to put down their phones for one song so that they could actually experience the band “without watching them through a screen”. Of course, half the people filmed this speech, which was sort of beside the point, but whatever floats their boat, I guess.

The “now everybody’s dead” part of “Robbers” continues to be chilling, and I live for the moment at the end of the show when they play “Chocolate” and “Sex” back to back.

The EP version, because the album version’s video is apparently “explicit”.

Another thing I liked – which I imagine the band also liked – was the way the crowd requested “Medicine”, their newest single, which I don’t think has even been properly released in North America. They looked stunned that a room full of Canadians knew about this song, and, had they been prepared, they might have played it. As it was, they promised to be back with a new album full of music, and I, for one, can’t wait until they come back.

 

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