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manchester band that fuse emo and post-punk tendencies and dip them in aqueous solution. they apparently had like five hundred names before settling on this one (which, why)

they've been releasing eps every few months since last years, with three incredible singles between all of them. another ep and album are out later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Y2FVD5JVw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfBKqaVk2Co

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeDGfk0UJw8

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2013 16:48 (seven years ago) link

this band is great

"the city" and "sex" are so good

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 May 2013 17:46 (seven years ago) link

haha i was like "only j0rd is gonna acknowledge this thread"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2013 17:54 (seven years ago) link

The City is a complete jam, had only heard that Sex one from the emo thread. I'm kinda catching some prime-time 3rd Eye Blind vibes on The City. Like if they would have continued to move their sound forward this is what it would/should sound like.

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 21:10 (seven years ago) link

Well damn, this is something totally different sounding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFpqLgUYBjI

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 21:22 (seven years ago) link

yeah the songs on the eps that aren't singles are these slow amniotic things. there's a new one coupled with this interview and it sounds rlll good http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/exclusive-song-premiere-and-interview-fallingforyou-the-1975

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2013 21:27 (seven years ago) link

yeah i like this side of them too

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 21:45 (seven years ago) link

oh this is really good, damn

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 May 2013 22:31 (seven years ago) link

this is what i want james blake to sound like

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 May 2013 22:31 (seven years ago) link

ha otm

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 23:29 (seven years ago) link

so the us version of the iv ep is just kind of a greatest hits, all the singles from their other eps. uk version has all the new songs which are pretty fantastic, you can hear it at soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/the1975/sets/the-1975-iv

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:22 (seven years ago) link

this is what i want james blake to sound like

otm // otm

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:22 (seven years ago) link

some of their lyrics are very disarming

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:47 (seven years ago) link

also "you" is just the best song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6q-nvrIHXU

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:50 (seven years ago) link

Pretty addicted to this bad at the mo. Much thanks.

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Monday, 27 May 2013 22:34 (seven years ago) link

band

Spottie_Ottie_Dope, Monday, 27 May 2013 22:35 (seven years ago) link

Matthew Healy is the son of Denise Welch and Tim Healy.

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 08:52 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Adore this band.

Tim F, Saturday, 15 June 2013 12:01 (six years ago) link

:D

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 June 2013 14:26 (six years ago) link

my man

J0rdan S., Saturday, 15 June 2013 14:32 (six years ago) link

I feel like the refrains in their big songs capture something very OTM about being adolescent and willing drama to happen.

Tim F, Saturday, 15 June 2013 14:47 (six years ago) link

[this is what i want james blake to sound like]

They sound like james blake expiring?

I am basicallly 100% sure this thread and its contents are a spoof, no way tim f likes an indie band as basic as this

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 June 2013 01:20 (six years ago) link

I'd expect you to hate them lex but "basic" is just plain incorrect (esp. coming from an xx fan).

Tim F, Sunday, 16 June 2013 02:02 (six years ago) link

I've definitely noticed a taste-convergence with Brad this year.

Tim F, Sunday, 16 June 2013 02:24 (six years ago) link

Still maintain that they're basically a next gen Matchbox Twenty, except from the UK.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 16 June 2013 03:03 (six years ago) link

this is an indie band? :\

乒乓, Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:30 (six years ago) link

agree that this is awes

乒乓, Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:30 (six years ago) link

Still maintain that they're basically a next gen Matchbox Twenty, except from the UK.

― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, June 16, 2013 3:03 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

(a) this works for - what - two of their songs at most; but (b) for those two songs works in the best possible way.

Tim F, Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:38 (six years ago) link

Hey this is really, really good. It's so crisp and spacious sounding. The singles remind me of My Vitriol's 'Finelines', albeit less noisy.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 16 June 2013 15:16 (six years ago) link

More than anything I hear the shoegaze (line of descent via Kitchens of Distinction, though, who were always outliers in their own realm). But yes, good stuff so far here; I admit the name put me off.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 June 2013 15:52 (six years ago) link

Maybe due to age/different reference points but I'm tending to hear things like KoD (and before them, Echo, a hair) as well as chirpy early/mid nineties indie pop on Spinart that wasn't Elephant 6. Stuff like Poole and the like. Not JUSt that, obv., but it's a nice riff on the whole 'big music' trope that has something more sprightly to it than a lot of other bands working out there.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 June 2013 15:56 (six years ago) link

I'm kinda catching some prime-time 3rd Eye Blind vibes on The City

back to celebrate how otm this is, down to the delivery, especially in this track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAcojLygGHg

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:40 (six years ago) link

i have had a lot of promo emails re this crew - something that always makes me suspicious.
clearly there is a degree of some major funding here.
so far i am still on the fence re the music : generic indie + current world studio tricks.
which is not a bad thing per se (memories of custom blue/south ... ) , just that i aint clicking with what i have heard so far.
in a few weeks they are playing a festival that me and the gang are off to, so that may provide more insight as to whether they are worthy of my attention or not ..

mark e, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:49 (six years ago) link

I'm going to continue ignoring any comparisons to 3EB so I may enjoy this band.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:49 (six years ago) link

never heard any 3eb ...
clearly i have lived a charmed life.

mark e, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:53 (six years ago) link

nah, only semi

乒乓, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:53 (six years ago) link

Haha

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:59 (six years ago) link

man ned i kind of want to convince you that you'd like the first 3eb record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:00 (six years ago) link

I suffered through it and them being big at the time! Some things aren't worth the revisiting!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:02 (six years ago) link

I still remember some comments around then going "Well think of them as a pop Pavement" and I'm all "...you really don't know me that well, do you."

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:02 (six years ago) link

"Pop Pavement"... I don't even know what that means

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:04 (six years ago) link

ahahaha neither do i, but i feel you ned

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

It was a strange time.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 June 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

This music is so allusive of different reference points that are hard to reconcile together. Third Eye Blind, yes - the chorus on "Chocolate" being the other obvious orbital crossover point. Edward O says Robbie Williams for some tracks! Some of the more ambient stuff makes me think of A Mountain of One if they'd gone more pop and less pachouli. Ned says 80s "big music" generally but then also Kitchens of Distinction which I def. hear, and then makes me think of The House of Love a bit. But I also hear Placebo in their emoness and open searching for different ways to be big. And then of course (crossover) emo generally.

Tim F, Sunday, 16 June 2013 18:34 (six years ago) link

Also I don't think this is even out yet but it takes the nascent 80s pop influence to new levels, feels like something from a big Hollywood soundtrack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b77_BS9Pww0

Tim F, Sunday, 16 June 2013 18:42 (six years ago) link

when i first heard "sex" i was like "okay post-punk bassline, crossover emo everything else"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 June 2013 18:55 (six years ago) link

yeah totally

Tim F, Sunday, 16 June 2013 19:10 (six years ago) link

It also occurs to me that this band could have played every night at The Bronze and handily catered to any and every mood required by the narrative.

Tim F, Monday, 17 June 2013 09:25 (six years ago) link

I'm kinda catching some prime-time 3rd Eye Blind vibes on The City

back to celebrate how otm this is, down to the delivery, especially in this track

Oh for sure, hearing 3EB all over these guys work now (sorry Ned, it cant be denied). Was trying to figure out remember the sample source for that song you posted and figured it out...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Gvptdghwo
which samples the last 40 seconds of this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-3N7TBrfOA

Shock G Mo Collier (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 17 June 2013 16:13 (six years ago) link

hearing 3EB all over these guys work now (sorry Ned, it cant be denied)

The advantage of their heyday being a dim, murky horror of shitbaggery means I can listen to the 1975 without such trammeling, for which I am eternally grateful.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 June 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

otm

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 23:51 (one week ago) link

HAS HE GOT ENOUGH WEED NO BROKEN PHONE RETCHING ON THE FLOOR ALONE

― uberweiss, Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:25 PM (six years ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 23:53 (one week ago) link

we take your mum's car to the edge of the town
and we drive
yeah we go round & round

― uberweiss, Friday, October 10, 2014 2:21 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

probably the most important lyric of the last twenty years

― Tim F, Thursday, October 9, 2014 8:31 PM (five years ago) bookmarkflaglink

oh wow, otm

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:04 (one week ago) link

iliwys > noacf > abiior > s/t

ufo, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:14 (one week ago) link

oh put "the EPs" above s/t

ufo, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:18 (one week ago) link

*listens*

*o christ don't start rapping*

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:49 (one week ago) link

I never listen to the first EP, but if Sex through IV was considered an album it would probably be my favourite just because probably no music in the past decade has had such a massive impact on me as those EPs did in 2013.

Then I tend to think ILIWYS and NOACF are probably tied for top position and the debut is marginally ahead of ABIIOR.

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 04:22 (one week ago) link

It's also definitely the case that some of the stuff on Notes recalls a lot of the more amorphous but still vocal-based material from those EPs ("Anobrain", "Haunt // Bed", "Head. Cars. Bending", "Me", "Falling For You") more than pretty much anything they have done in the interim. "I Think There's Something You Should Know" "What Should I Say", "Bagsy Not In Net"... To be reductionist, the re-emergence of early Junior Boys as one of the strongest implied reference points. Also the way that Matt's voice is buried or at least sits so far back in the mix in so many of these songs (on "Bagsy Not In Net": I'm also strongly reminded of Basement Jaxx's "If I Ever Recover").

It reminds me that one of the first critical frames I came up with for the band when I was first listening to the EPs was that their influences were almost exclusively 90s and that they were one of the first popular syncretist bands not really drawing on the 1980s as a stylistic signifier - which of course became a laughable proposition in light of the sound of the first and then second actual albums. But "If You're Too Shy" aside, this album has barely any moments that strongly code as referencing the eighties.

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 04:39 (one week ago) link

yeah Notes is the most inward-sounding they've been since the EPs. i'm really glad they've sorta come full circle and returned to that sort of vibe more, especially after ABIIOR was so big-sounding. there was a recent interview where Matty says he doesn't really expect they'll do any more of their 80s pop tracks like "If You're Too Shy" anytime soon, which i'd be fine with since they've given us plenty of fantastic ones and i'm excited for them to mine newer territory.

i wouldn't really say the EPs weren't really drawing on the 80s though, the sophisti- synth ballads like "Me" and "fallingforyou" are pretty 80s. it's still funny that they'd never heard The Blue Nile when they made those though.

ufo, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 04:53 (one week ago) link

Haha yeah that's the part that made me say "almost" exclusively - though even with "Me" and "fallingforyou" it was a bit like they were drawing (consciously or otherwise) on an art-pop continuum (all the Avalon / David Sylvian / The Blue Nile vibes) that ran pretty unbroken through the 80s and 90s and beyond rather than on a sound we specifically associate with the 80s - that John Hughes / Cars sound that emerged strongly on the album.

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 05:53 (one week ago) link

So, a couple of listens in, and I can only conclude this is the best 1975 album. It's better than ILIWYS, which I really rate highly. I'm not sure I get the sequencing remarks: they went all out, with a range of styles even broader than before. It's intended to be all over the place, to sometimes have 'opposing' songs back to back. I'm a fan.

much as they seemingly need at least 17 tracks to really make it work, am v excited for their promised 6/7-track spirit of eden/hats effort

― imago, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:47 AM (eight hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Don't jinx it man!

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 07:55 (one week ago) link

I think the sequencing issue is really only an issue for the first 5 tracks of Greta - punk - instrumental - wispy garage-ballad - instrumental. After that it seems no more nor less schizoid in sequencing than the previous two albums to me.

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:11 (one week ago) link

Can we also be really real about how amazing the production quality on "shiny collarbone" and "having no head" is?

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:32 (one week ago) link

"What Should I Say" with that descending piano motif as well.

Some of this album is kinda like "what if I felt a certain way about jamie xx???"

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:34 (one week ago) link

I think the sequencing issue is really only an issue for the first 5 tracks of Greta - punk - instrumental - wispy garage-ballad - instrumental. After that it seems no more nor less schizoid in sequencing than the previous two albums to me.

― Tim F, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:11 AM (twenty-three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I agree. I think it's a brave and bold choice to have Greta on their signature first track, but I'll be honest and think I'll probably start the album w/ People more often than not.

Some of this album is kinda like "what if I felt a certain way about jamie xx???"

Haha otm

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:37 (one week ago) link

the sequencing doesn't bug me as much now that i'm used to it but the initial stretch up until "jesus christ 2005" is still awkward, especially that very slow opening section tim mentioned. "shiny collarbone" into "if you're too shy" also doesn't work very well at all.

i agree their production gets better and better with every record. it's wild to compare some of the more electronic tracks on the EPs to this record because of how far they've come

ufo, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:47 (one week ago) link

i like that the first few songs act as an uneasy progression into reflexive interiorization

the intro to "if you're too shy" coming out of nothing adjacent does really jar, yeah, even tho the sense of sublimated drift when the band comes in makes it ultimately worth that section

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:56 (one week ago) link

i keep marveling at the vocal production throughout in particular

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:58 (one week ago) link

I'VE BEEN (wearing nothing every time I) CALL YOU (and I'm starting to feel weird about it)

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 10:03 (one week ago) link

4 > 2 > 1 > 3

v close btwn 4 and 2 but NOACF has more tracks yet fewer that I'd class as "not life-changingly amazing" ('don't worry' vs 'love me', 'loving someone', 'she lays down')

actually mad that they've outdone one of my absolute favourite albums ever jeez

also I fully enjoy the sequencing of the opening tracks - so dramatic and cinematic!

uberweiss, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:06 (one week ago) link

yeah I am completely down with how this album gets going, it’s as the end approaches that I feel the dissonance

k3vin k., Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:08 (one week ago) link

yeah I meant more that it's only the opening stretch that feels unusual for them - their previous albums all have a clutch of big singles in at least relatively short succession after the opening eponymous track.

Tim F, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:13 (one week ago) link

I love the greta song, just a random observation

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:49 (one week ago) link

I prob said this before but it makes me think of Dune like it’s a diary entry from the princess irulan

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:50 (one week ago) link

this album is really, really addictive. not sure if i like it as much as the second album but man what a fucking band.

Bee OK, Thursday, 28 May 2020 00:00 (one week ago) link

one thing I hate about this band is that their songs are so hard to stack up against one another. is “yeah I know” the best song they’ve ever written? or is it “me and you together song”? whomst can say

k3vin k., Thursday, 28 May 2020 01:41 (one week ago) link

what a preposterous fucking album, man. you go and get stoned on your day off, forget some of the tracks at the end until they pop up and you're all "ok, you're gonna go and hit me with a 'tonight' AFTER you've ALREADY given me "roadkill" and "the birthday party"??? and then "if you're too shy" is still to come. embarrassment of riches

k3vin k., Thursday, 28 May 2020 02:10 (one week ago) link

look who's cancelled now!!!!!!!

imago, Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:35 (one week ago) link

real talk: everyone get off fucking twitter

imago, Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:35 (one week ago) link

actually fuck it, let's just keep talking about the album lol. it's really good!

imago, Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:36 (one week ago) link

lmao that is extreme nonsense

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:42 (one week ago) link

we should cancel all writers who have linked to their past work during the current situation

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:42 (one week ago) link

what actually "happened"

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:45 (one week ago) link

he said "#blacklivesmatter" and linked the video for "love it if we made it" and apparently got such blowback he deleted his twitter

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:46 (one week ago) link

lmao

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:47 (one week ago) link

doofus move, total overreaction, sounds about right.

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:48 (one week ago) link

hahahahaha

k3vin k., Thursday, 28 May 2020 21:22 (one week ago) link

matty = perpetual 22 year old who has somehow forgotten that he’s now in his 30’s lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 29 May 2020 05:59 (six days ago) link

i have burning desire to hear "tonight (i wish i was your boy)" chopped & screwed with some houston legend like say big moe (rip) riffing over it

tpp, Friday, 29 May 2020 12:55 (six days ago) link

Having No Head bangs like The Social Network soundtrack and you know it

anza808, Friday, 29 May 2020 20:53 (six days ago) link

you could make a killer EP out of just the uk garage tracks

k3vin k., Saturday, 30 May 2020 00:28 (five days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4iOeCPv96w

the new no rome track, produced by george, is great

ufo, Saturday, 30 May 2020 01:09 (five days ago) link

why are we not talking more about this amazing record

k3vin k., Saturday, 30 May 2020 22:09 (five days ago) link

Nappieeeeees

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 31 May 2020 14:49 (four days ago) link

happyyyyyyy

J. Sam, Sunday, 31 May 2020 17:19 (four days ago) link

today 'I Think There's Something You Should Know' is the best song ever.
channeling some 'Menswear' vibes.

Nourry, Monday, 1 June 2020 16:28 (three days ago) link

you guys are the best thing that ever happened to me

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 June 2020 16:37 (three days ago) link

closest reference point i've come up with yet for the kitchen-sink eclecticism of this album is super furry animals' guerilla

ufo, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 13:48 (two days ago) link

first three songs in sequence today have me weepy

Joey Corona (Euler), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 13:53 (two days ago) link

i feel like the exuberant stylistic promiscuity fits pretty tidily into their agonies and ecstasies of late capitalism thematic

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 19:06 (two days ago) link


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