Sunday, 5 May 2013

The 1975 - The City

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People often turn their noses up at music which shows any signs that it might be aiming for commercial appeal. But didn't The Beatles (amongst millions of other great bands) try and write hit records? There's a difference between ambition and wanting a professional sound and selling-out by engineering your songs to fit a current trend with a cynical marketing ploy to go with it (morning Beyonce!). Manchester indie-rock band The 1975 release new EP 'IV' on May 20th, and this first sample isn't designer lo-fi or deliberately recorded with subtle mistakes to appease the hipster crowd. This is big.

It's also a powerhouse of drums taking a hammering and the production desk not just being left to gather dust in the corner. The 1975 want this song to sound as good as possible, and since when has taking pride in your work been a bad thing? In truth this won't trouble the top 10, they don't give a toss about guitars unless you're a pastey Jack Johnson wannabee or Dave Grohl. But this sure has hell hasn't stopped them from making this (still alternative) single from sounding as pristine and grand as is possible without over-cooking things. Phil Spector used studios make songs sound amazing. The studio can be music's friend, not just its foe, and here lies the proof.

The 1975's website

Pre-order the EP

Catch them live:

MAY 05 Stockton On Tees, United Kingdom, Ku Bar
MAY 07 Cologne, Germany, Gebaeude 9
MAY 08 Berlin, Germany, Magnet
MAY 09 Hamburg, Germany, Molotow
MAY 10 Munchen, Germany, Atomic Cafe
MAY 11 Turin, Italy, Astoria
MAY 12 Rome, Italy, Blackout
MAY 14 Brussels, Belgium, Botanique
MAY 16 Amsterdam, Netherlands,Bitterzoet
MAY 17 Brighton, United Kingdom, The Great Escape
MAY 18 Brighton, United Kingdom,The Great Escape
MAY 21 Carlisle, United Kingdom, The Brickyard
MAY 22 Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, University of Northumbria
MAY 23 Sheffield, United Kingdom,Queen's Social Club
MAY 24 Manchester, United Kingdom, Dot To Dot
MAY 25 Bristol, United Kingdom, Dot to Dot
MAY 26 London, United Kingdom, Emirates Stadium
MAY 27 Glasgow, United Kingdom, Oran Mor
MAY 28 Birmingham, United Kingdom, Library, The Institute
MAY 29 London, United Kingdom, Heaven
MAY 31 Portsmouth, United Kingdom,Wedgewood Rooms
JUN 04 Tulsa, OK,The Vanguard
JUN 05 Dallas, TX, Trees
JUN 07 Houston, TX, Fitzgerald's
JUN 08 Austin, TX, Antone's
JUN 11 Orlando, FL, The Social
JUN 12 St Petersburg, FL, The Local 662
JUN 14 Fort Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
JUN 11 Orlando, FL, The Social
JUN 12 St Petersburg, FL, The Local 662
JUN 14 Fort Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
JUN 15 Jacksonville, FL, Jack Rabbits
JUN 17 Atlanta, GA, Vinyl
JUN 18 Charlotte, NC, Amos Southend
JUN 19 Norfolk, VA, The Norva
JUN 20 Washington, DC, U Street Music Hall
JUN 22 Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory
JUN 23 South Burlington, VT, Higher Ground Showcase
JUN 25 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda's
JUN 26 Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall Of Williamsburg
JUL 05 Cluses, France, Festival Musiques en Stock
JUL 06 Utrecht, Netherlands, Festival deBeschaving
JUL 12 Penrhos, United Kingdom,Pen y Berth
JUL 12 Abersoch, United Kingdom, Wakestock
JUL 13 London, United Kingdom, Hyde Park
JUL 18 Dour, Belgium, Dour Festival
JUL 19 Gräfenhainichen, Germany, MELT FESTIVAL
JUL 24 Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
JUL 25 San Francisco, CA, Rickshaw Stop
AUG 02 Pikehall, United Kingdom, Y Not Festival
AUG 07 Newquay, United Kingdom, Boardmasters
AUG 23 Wetherby, United Kingdom

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