Not many music groups from the UK have been able to achieve success recently, while opinions about their work are still divided, as The 1975 The has done. The band, which was formed in Manchester, England, in the early 2000s, has made the music of various genres such as electropop, funk rock, indie-pop, indie-rock, pop, pop-rock, and rock. Their diversity in music has led to them being considered undervalued and surprisingly overvalued. They have been described as both the most hated and the most loved band in the world.
The 1975: Biography
The 1975 was founded in 2002 while its members attended Wilmslow High School in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England. As the story goes, the band members were brought together out of a love of music, but they officially got together after the local council employee organized a series of shows for teenagers. This prompted the band members to organize themselves and perform at one of the shows. They then performed in local clubs where they played covers to other people’s songs before finally writing their own songs.
When the time came for the group to choose a name, they first decided on “Me; and You Versus Them”. Later they changed their name a few times, from “Forever Drawing Six” to “Talkhouse”, to “The Slowdown”, then to “Bigsleep” and later to “Drive Like I Do”, before landing on the name by which they are known today: “The 1975.”
In August 2012, after ten years since their formation, the band managed to get together and release their first work, an EP called Facedown. With the lead singer of the album “The City”, they received their first airplay on national British radio. A few months later, in November 2012, the group released another EP called Sex, which again brought them national radio attention. After their rise in popularity, the group embarked on a tour of the UK and Ireland, before later moving to the United States.
In March and May 2013, The 1975 released two EPS: Music for Cars and IV, which resulted in some songs that stormed the charts and were played internationally on the radio. These releases, which were accompanied by an extensive tour, helped drive their self-titled debut album, which was released on September 2, 2013. The album sold over 2 million copies in her home country and also went platinum in the United States. Since then they have released three more albums: I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (2016), A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (2018), and Notes on a Conditional Form (2019).
Members of the Pop Band
The band, founded in 1975, consists of four members: Matty Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald, and George Daniel, who have all been in the band since 2002.
Matty Healy, who was born on April 8, 1989, is the frontman of the group. He acts as lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and pianist, but also plays the keyboards. He is the son of English actors Denise Welch and Tim Healy.
Adam Hann, who was born on June 20, 1988, is the lead guitarist, who also plays the keyboard, synthesizer, and sampler and contributes with vocals.
Ross MacDonald, born on June 6, 1989, is the bassist of the group. He also plays keyboard, synthesizer, sampler, and contributes with vocals.
George Daniel, born March 23, 1990, is a drummer and percussionist who also contributes with vocals and plays the keyboard.
Other Facts About the Band
1. 1975 is the first band from the UK to debut at number one with their first three albums since Arctic Monkeys achieved this feat.
2. The band’s name was inspired by the beat poetry band of American writer and poet Jack Kerouac. According to Healy, they found scribbles on the back of his book of poetry marked “1 June, The 1975” and decided to join the book.
3. The 1975 frontman, Matt Healy, is known to have used drugs, especially opiates and anxiety medications, for several years. In 2017 he started smoking heroin on a regular basis, which, he said, helped him balance the polarity between mass acceptance/connection with thousands of people and then real loneliness/only overnight.
When the time came for the band to record their third studio album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” Healy decided to get clean and therefore went to a rehabilitation facility in Barbados, where he received intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy for six weeks.
4. The band has won several awards over the years, one of which was a Grammy Award nomination for the best package in a box or limited special edition. Their victories include a Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year (2016) at the BBC Music Awards and the British Group (2017, 2019) and British Album of the Year (2019) at the Brit Awards.